- India National Cricket Team 1966 - 1988
Sunil Gavaskar was a right handed batsman and right arm medium, right arm offbreak bowler who played for India. He has also played for teams like Mumbai and Somerset.
Gavaskar debuted in Test cricket on 6th March 1971 at Port of Spain against the West Indies. In the 1st innings, he bowled 1 over and gave away 9 runs. He batted at the No. 2 position and scored 65 runs. In the 2nd innings, he again batted at the No. 2 position and was unbeaten on 67 inclusive of 7 boundaries. India won this match by 7 wickets. Gavaskar played his last Test match from 13th March to 17th March 1987 at Bangalore against Pakistan. In the 1st innings, he batted at the No. 1 position and scored 21 runs in 73 deliveries inclusive of 2 boundaries. In the 2nd innings, he scored 96 runs in 264 deliveries inclusive of 8 boundaries. Pakistan won this match by 16 runs.
Gavaskar played his 1st One day International on 13th July 1974 at Leeds against England. He batted at the No. 1 position and scored 28 runs in 35 deliveries inclusive of 3 boundaries and 1 sixer and was bowled by Arnold. England won this match by 4 wickets. Gavaskar’s last One day International was against England at Mumbai on 5th November 1987. He batted at the No. 2 position and was bowled by DeFreitas when he had scored 4 runs in 7 deliveries inclusive of 1 boundary. England won this match by 35 runs.
Gavaskar played first class cricket from the 1966-67 season to the 1987 season. He was active in List A cricket from the 1973-74 season to the 1987-88 season.
Gavaskar became famous as one of the greatest opening batsman of all time. He has tremendous powers of concentration and he played with a near perfect technique. As he had a very beautiful defense, his wickets was one of the most difficult to get. He could judge the line and length excellently and played with equal flair off the front and back foot.
Gavaskar has participated in 125 Test matches in which he has scored 10122 runs at a batting average of 51.12. His highest score has been an unbeaten 236 and he has hit 34 centuries, 45 half centuries and 26 sixers. He has taken 108 catches. He has bowled 380 deliveries and has conceded 206 runs while taking 1 wicket. Gavaskar has played in 108 One day Internationals in which he has scored 3092 runs at an average of 35.13 and strike rate of 62.26. His highest score has been 103 not out and he has hit 1 century, 27 half centuries and has taken 22 catches. He has bowled 20 deliveries, has conceded 25 runs while taking 1 wicket.
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