Sunil Gavaskar was all about fearless batting. He taught Indians how to pull and hook the fearsome fast bowlers during the time when there were no helmets. Gavaskar, on his day, would play out the dangerous bowling attacks with ease. His playing style had everything an orthodox cricket lover would want. The balance, technique, attitude, enormous amount of concentration and excellent judgmental skills made him an efficient run-scorer. Often called as "The Little Master", he was a run machine who broke and re-wrote many batting records which were sort of unachievable during his playing days.
Let's take a look at 10 Little known things about "The Little Master" Sunil Gavaskar:
1. Born on 10th July 1949 in Mumbai, Sunil had a tragic incident associated with his birth. When he was born the nurse in the hospital mistakenly swapped him on the bed where they were several children and than nurse took a wrong child and slept the child behind Gavaskar Mother. But his Uncle finally found him where he had slept behind a Fisher Women who have just given a birth to a child. Thanks for his Uncle who noticed him and given a great cricketer for India otherwise may be he would have been a Fishermen.
2. Sunil Gavaskar fascinated to become a Wrestler during his childhood as he was a huge fan of Wrestler Maruthi Vadar but somehow opted for cricket.
3. Sunil was the not the only one from his family to represent Indian cricket team. His maternal uncle Madhav Mantri played four Tests for India. Gavaskar’s only son, Rohan Gavaskar, represented India in 11 One-Day Internationals. GR Viswanath, the former India batsman, was Gavaskar’s brother in law. Along with this, His sister Nutan, played for the first women’s club “Albees Cricket Club” in Mumbai.
4. He was a huge fan of West Indian cricketer Rohan Kanhai and so he named his only child Rohan Gavaskar after him.
5. Gavaskar played a lead role in a Marathi movie – Savli Premachi. Apart from Savli Premachi, He also did a cameo in Hindi actor Naseeruddin Shah’s film Malaamaal in 1988.
6. He scored 10122 runs in test cricket at an average of 51.12 with 34 centuries and 45 half centuries. He also scored 3092 ODI runs at an average of 35.13 with 1 century and 27 half centuries.
7. Gavaskar is the only batsman in the world cricket to score Double Hundred in the 1st, 2nd,3rd and 4th innings of Test Matches. He was the first Indian player to take 100 catches in test matches.
8. He is the one and only cricketer in the world to hit Centuries 3 consecutive innings twice and also the First cricketer to score 10000 Runs.
9. Gavaskar was appointed the Sheriff of Mumbai in 1994 for a year.
10. In 1975, he was appreciated with the Arjuna Award for cricket. In 1980, he was awarded the Padma Bhushan. In 2012, Sunil Gavaskar was honoured with Col C.K. Nayudu Lifetime Achievement Award.