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Sunil Gavaskar turns 68, Virender Sehwag leads wishes on social media

Sunil Gavaskar, former India captain, turned 68 on Monday. He was the first batsman to score 10,000 runs in Test cricket.

cricket Updated: Jul 10, 2017 16:29 IST
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Hindustan Times
Sunil Gavaskar,India national cricket team,Virender Sehwag
Former India captain Sunil Gavaskar turned 68 on Monday.(IANS)

Indian batting legend Sunil Gavaskar turned 68 on Monday. Although it has been more than three decades since he last walked out to the middle as an Indian cricketer, fans across the world showered their love for the maestro on social media, hailing his glory days.

Gavaskar, the first to reach 10,000 runs in Test cricket, had been the lynchpin of India’s batting order throughout the 1970s and 1980s and even led India at a time when the team didn’t have the stature it enjoys today.

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As always, former India batsman Virender Sehwag, who is also aspiring to become the next India coach, had a special way to wish the legend.

Sehwag took to micro blogging site Twitter and said: “Happy Birthday to one of the best and most daring batsman ever, Sunil Gavaskar Sir. Watching film Maalamaal to see you in a different avatar.”

Gavaskar had made a guest appearance in the 1988 movie, starring Naseeruddin Shah.

Gavaskar also held the record for most centuries (34) in Test cricket before it was broken by Sachin Tendulkar in 2005. His record of 774 runs, scored in his debut series against West Indies, still stands tall as the highest aggregate scored by a batsman on debut.

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His 13 centuries against West Indies are also the most hit by a batsman against West Indies.

While he led the charge with the bat and proved that Indians too could bat against fiery pace-attacks, Kapil Dev later provided hope with sheer fast bowling.

The duo were instrumental in India’s maiden World Cup win in 1983 besides being the pioneers of the drastic shift the team enjoyed in that era.

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Gavaskar also holds a terrific record of having scored century-partnerships with 58 other batsmen. He was awarded the Padma Bhushan in 2012.

First Published: Jul 10, 2017 16:18 IST