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Ashish Magotra, writing in Firstpost, traces Indians' obsession for milestones to Sunil Gavaskar in the 1980s.
Umrigar’s career runs tally was 3631 runs. And it took Gavaskar seven years to go past him but the true awakening only came on November 13, 1983 when he surpassed Geoff Boycott’s tally of 8,114 runs to become the leading scorer in Test cricket. Milind Rege, Gavaskar’s close friend who played with him at school, college and Ranji level and is currently Mumbai’s chief selectors, believes that India’s love of records all started with Gavaskar.
Somewhere along the path, the pride that India experienced from Gavaskar’s exploits became an obsession.