Home > Features >

Sunil Gavaskar: 11 incredible stats that speaks volumes for the batting genius of the Little Master

Sunil Gavaskar collected runs all over the world © Getty Images
Sunil Gavaskar collected runs all over the world © Getty Images

Many of today’s generation who have grown up lauding Sachin Tendulkar does not realise that before him was a man who was colossus in world cricket. In fact, Tendulkar – like many of his generation – grew up idolising Sunil Gavaskar.

H Natarajan lists some of the many firsts that Gavaskar notched in his incredible career:

1.        Sunil Gavaskar is the first  of the two batsmen to score a hundred and a double hundred in a single Test of a debut series. Lawrence Rowe later emulated Gavaskar’s feat. Only five other batsmen have achieved the feat in a non-debut Test series.

2.       Sunil Gavaskar’s 220 at age 21 years and 277 days against the West Indies at Queen’s Park Oval in 1971 made him the youngest double centurion in an overseas Test. He broke the earlier record of Don Bradman, who was 21 years and 304 days when he scored 254 against England in 1930.

3.      Sunil Gavaskar holds the record for the most runs scored in a debut Test series. He scored 774 in just four Tests against the West Indies in 1971. George Headley is the only other batsman to score over 700 runs in a debut Test series.

4.        Sunil Gavaskar is the first of two batsmen to score centuries in each innings of a Test thrice — Ricky Ponting is the other. But unlike Ponting, one of Gavaskar’s twin hundreds in a Test was double century.

5.        Sunil Gavaskar is the first batsman to score 1000 runs or more in a calendar year on four occasions. Since then, Sachin Tendulkar has crossed the four-figure mark in six calendar years, while Brian Lara, Matthew Hayden, Jacques Kallis and Ponting have achieved the feat in five calendar years each.

6.         Sunil Gavaskar is the first batsman to twice score three hundreds in successive innings. Subsequently,  Aravinda de Silva equaled that mark and Kumar Sangakkara went one better.

7.         Sunil Gavaskar’s 221 against England at The Oval is the highest fourth innings score by a visiting player anywhere in Test history. He fell three short of breaking Headley’s 1930 Test highest fourth innings score — home and away. Since then, Nathan Astle scored 222 against England in 2002.

8.         Sunil Gavaskar is the first of the three Indians to carry his bat through an innings when he stood defiantly scoring 127 against a rampaging Imran Khan, supported by Sarfraz Nawaz, Sikander Bakht and Abdul Qadir. Virender Sehwag and Rahul Dravid later accomplished the feat against Sri Lanka and England respectively.

9.         Sunil Gavaskar is the first batsman in Test history to score 30 hundreds. He scored 34 in all, which is has since been bettered only by five batsmen — Sachin Tendulkar, Jacques Kallis, Ponting, Dravid and Sangakkara.

10.      Sunil Gavaskar remains the first and only batsman to have scored double-hundreds in the first, second, third, and fourth innings of Tests.

11.     Sunil Gavaskar is the first batsman in Test history cross 10,000 runs. Gavaskar’s run-tally is still the 11th highest in Tests.

(H Natarajanformerly All India Deputy Sports Editor of the Indian Express and Senior Editor with Cricinfo/Wisden, is the Executive Editor of CricketCountry.com. A prolific writer, he has written for many of the biggest newspapers, magazines and websites all over the world. A great believer in the power of social media, he can be followed on Facebook at http://www.facebook.com/H.Natarajan and on Twitter at http://twitter.com/#!/hnatarajan)

India tour of Australia 2014, Practice matches

Nov 24, 2014 (05:29 IST)   at Glenelg, Adelaide

Pakistan vs New Zealand in UAE, 2014

Nov 26, 2014 (11:30 IST)   at Sharjah

India tour of Australia 2014, Practice matches

Nov 28, 2014 (05:29 IST)   at Adelaide

Zimbabwe tour of Bangladesh, 2014

Nov 28, 2014 (12:00 IST)   at Dhaka

Afghanistan tour of UAE, 2014

Nov 28, 2014 (15:30 IST)   at Dubai

More

Zimbabwe tour of Bangladesh, 2014

Nov 26, 2014  at Dhaka

Bangladesh won by 124 runs

England tour of Sri Lanka, 2014

Nov 26, 2014  at Colombo

Sri Lanka won by 25 runs

Hong Kong tour of Sri Lanka, 2014

Nov 24, 2014  at Colombo

Hong Kong won by 2 wkts

Zimbabwe tour of Bangladesh, 2014

Nov 23, 2014  at Chittagong

Bangladesh won by 68 runs

South Africa tour of Australia, 2014

Nov 23, 2014  at Sydney

Australia won by 2 wickets (D/L method)

Photos

Phil Hughes suffers head injury: In photos

Videos

Phil Hughes passes away: Video tribute

Phillip Hughes passes away: Let us bring Sean Abbott back on track

Phil Hughes and other cricketers who succumbed to on-field injuries

Phillip Hughes 7th-youngest Test cricketer to die

Phillip Hughes: A brief look at the career of one of Australia’s most promising talents

Phillip Hughes: Rest in peace

Australia England India India tour of Australia 2014-15 New Zealand New Zealand tour of UAE 2014 New Zealand vs Pakistan New Zealand vs Pakistan 2014 Pakistan Pakistan vs New Zealand Pakistan vs New Zealand 2014 Phil Hughes Phil Hughes Death Phil Hughes head injury Phillip Hughes

Phil Hughes passes away: Rafael Nadal, Andy Murray pay tribute

Sri Lanka v England, 2nd ODI at Colombo, Preview: Hosts look to continue domination over England

Phil Hughes passes away: Former England cricketers feels for Sean Abbott

Phil Hughes passes away: Sourav Ganguly expresses grief

Bengal announce 14-member squad for Col CK Nayudu tournament

Prakash Bhandari: The teenage prodigy BCCI could not capitalise on

Phil Hughes: Remembering his most memorable knocks

Phillip Hughes passes away: Kolkata is where Kolkata was

Phillip Hughes passes away: Crying for Phillip Hughes

Phillip Hughes passes away: Let us bring Sean Abbott back on track

Fan of the Day

Niharika Shah

Niharika Shah

682 Posts | 6 Fans

Video: Phil Hughes suffers head injury, collapses on field during New South Wales vs South Australia tie

More broadband connections to boost GDP growth in Asia Pacific: GSMA

Yo Yo Honey Singh goes into depression? His whereabouts unknown!

इबोला प्रायोगिक दवा के प्रयोग के नतीजे सकारात्मक आए

Shocking: Priyanka Chopra’s property a part of a sex racket?

Salman Khan, Shah Rukh Khan, and Aamir Khan to share stage with Rajat Sharma to celebrate 21 years of Aap Ki Adaalat!

India is becoming our largest overseas market, Xiaomi CEO Lei Jun says

Kanika Maheshwari aka Meenakshi of Diya Aur Baati Hum: Gautam needs to control his anger a little

सुपरमॉडल केट का क्रिसमस के लिए ब्यूटी टिप्स

Also on cricketcountry.com

Play Fantasy Cricket & Win

Cash Daily! Click here