As former Indian batsman Sunil Gavaskar celebrates the 50th anniversary of his Test debut, Sachin Tendulkar lauded the legendary batsman, saying Gavaskar showed the light to every young cricketer.
On this day in 1971, Gavaskar made his Test debut against West Indies at the Port of Spain, Trinidad. In his 16-year-long illustrious career, Gavaskar went on to break a plethora of records.
“50 years ago on this day, he took the cricketing world by storm. He scored 774 runs in his debut series and each one of us growing up had a hero to look up to. India won the series in the West Indies and then In England and all of a sudden the sport in India had a new meaning,” Tendulkar wrote on Twitter.
“As a young boy, I knew I had someone to look up to and try and be like him. That has never changed. He remains my hero. Wish you a happy 50th in international cricket, Mr Gavaskar. To every one of the 1971 team a happy 50th Anniversary. You all made us proud and showed us the light,” he added.
India, led by Ajit Wadekar, toured West Indies during the 1970-71 cricket season for a five-Test series. The series was a memorable affair as India won its first-ever Test series against the daunting Windies.
Sunil Gavaskar finished as the leading run-scorer, registering four centuries including one double-ton, as India won the series 1-0. He played 125 Tests and 108 ODIs for India.
The 71-year-old was also a part of India’s 1983 World Cup, as well as the 1985 Benson & Hedges Trophy (World Championship of Cricket). In 108 ODIs, he scored 3,092 runs with his highest score being 103 not out.
Gavaskar went on to score 10,122 runs and also held the record for scoring the most number of centuries in the longest format of the game before Sachin Tendulkar pipped him in 2005.