Sunil Gavaskar      

Full name Sunil Manohar Gavaskar

Born July 10, 1949, Bombay (now Mumbai), Maharashtra

Current age 71 years 30 days

Major teams India, Mumbai, Somerset

Also known as Sunny

Batting style Right-hand bat

Bowling style Right-arm medium, Right-arm offbreak

Other Referee

Height 5 ft 5 in

Education St Xavier's College; Bombay University

Relation Uncle - MK Mantri, Brother-in-law - GR Viswanath, Son - RS Gavaskar

In a nutshell Sunil Gavaskar was the first to get 10,000 Test runs and 30 centuries. India's lynchpin of the 70s and 80s, and arguably their first great batsman, he was known for his immaculate defence but was equally at ease hooking and pulling the most fearsome bowlers of all time. More

Sunil Manohar Gavaskar
Batting and fielding averages
Mat Inns NO Runs HS Ave BF SR 100 50 6s Ct St
Tests 125 214 16 10122 236* 51.12 34 45 26 108 0
ODIs 108 102 14 3092 103* 35.13 4966 62.26 1 27 22 0
First-class 348 563 61 25834 340 51.46 81 105 293 0
List A 151 144 17 4594 123 36.17 5 37 37 0
Bowling averages
Mat Inns Balls Runs Wkts BBI BBM Ave Econ SR 4w 5w 10
Tests 125 29 380 206 1 1/34 1/34 206.00 3.25 380.0 0 0 0
ODIs 108 4 20 25 1 1/10 1/10 25.00 7.50 20.0 0 0 0
First-class 348 1987 1240 22 3/43 56.36 3.74 90.3 0 0
List A 151 108 81 2 1/10 1/10 40.50 4.50 54.0 0 0 0
Career statistics
Test debut West Indies v India at Port of Spain, Mar 6-10, 1971 scorecard
Last Test India v Pakistan at Bengaluru, Mar 13-17, 1987 scorecard
Test statistics
ODI debut England v India at Leeds, Jul 13, 1974 scorecard
Last ODI India v England at Mumbai, Nov 5, 1987 scorecard
ODI statistics
First-class span 1966/67 - 1987
List A span 1973/74 - 1987/88
ICC match referee statistics
Only Test West Indies v England at Kingston, Feb 19-24, 1994 scorecard
Test matches 1
Test statistics
ODI debut West Indies v England at Bridgetown, Feb 16, 1994 scorecard
Last ODI West Indies v England at Port of Spain, Mar 6, 1994 scorecard
ODI matches 5
ODI statistics

Sunil Gavaskar was one of the greatest opening batsmen of all time, and certainly the most successful. His game was built around a near-perfect technique and enormous powers of concentration. It is hard to visualise a more beautiful defence: virtually unbreachable, it made his wicket among the hardest to earn. He played with equal felicity off both front and back feet, had excellent judgement of length and line, and was beautifully balanced. He had virtually every stroke in the book but traded flair for the solidity his side needed more. His record for the highest number of Test hundreds was overtaken by Sachin Tendulkar, but statistics alone don't reveal Gavaskar's true value to India. He earned respect for Indian cricket and he taught his team-mates the virtue of professionalism. The self-actualisation of Indian cricket began under him. Since retiring, Gavaskar has served as a television commentator, analyst and columnist, as well as taken on various responsibilities with the BCCI, and served as chairman of the ICC cricket committee. He stepped down - after some controversial comments - from the latter in order to continue as a media columnist and commentator.
Sambit Bal

Harsha Bhogle on Gavaskar

The gift of pride

His numbers were stellar, but more important, to a country starved of self-respect, he was a godsend

Stats analysis

The perfect opener

Gavaskar achieved outstanding numbers as an opener during a period when fast-bowling resources around the world were plentiful

    • March 6-10, 1971
      Off with a bang
      • Announces his class with scores of 65 and 67 not out in Port-of-Spain, as India record their first Test win against West Indies.
    • March-April 1971
      Most prolific debut series
      • Hundreds in each of the next three Tests, including a double of 124 and 220 in Port-of-Spain, ensure Gavaskar finishes his debut series with a tally of 774 runs at an average of 154.80. It's the most runs scored by a batsman in a debut series.
    • July 27, 1971
      Run-in with John Snow
      • Attempting to stop a single after the ball was played to midwicket, John Snow runs into Gavaskar. The incident so shocks England's cricket establishment that Snow is dropped for the next Test.
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Apr 27, 2018

Sunil Gavaskar has a word with Gautam Gambhir, Delhi Daredevils v Kolkata Knight Riders, IPL 2018, Delhi, April 27, 2018

Sunil Gavaskar has a word with Gautam Gambhir


Oct 25, 2017

Sunil Gavaskar inaugurated a ground named after him in Louisville. Kentucky, Loiusville, October 25, 2017

Sunil Gavaskar inaugurated a ground named after him in Louisville. Kentucky


Jun 15, 2017

Commentator Sunil Gavaskar on the field ahead of the Bangladesh-India match, Champions Trophy, Edgbaston, June 15, 2017

Commentator Sunil Gavaskar on the field ahead of the Bangladesh-India match

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Wisden Cricketer of the Year 1980