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Sunil Gavaskar made 10,122 runs in Tests for India © Getty Images

Jul 10, 2014

 

Sunil Gavaskar, the legendary opening batsman from India turns 65 on Thursday. During his time, Gavaskar was known as one of the greatest batsmen against fast bowling. He went onto score 10,122 runs at an average of 51.12 in 125 Tests. He also played in 108 One-Day Internationals (ODIs) for his country.

 

It was back in 1971 when he made his Test debut against the West Indies. He went onto score 771 runs at an average of 154.8 and India won that series too. Gavaskar was also a fine captain of the Indian team. Under, him, India won the World Championship of Cricket in 1985 in Australia.

 

In his last Test against Pakistan at Bangalore in March 1987, Gavaskar played a terrific innings of 96 on a turning wicket. India though, lost that game.

 

Gavaskar retired from the game after the World Cup held in the subcontinent in 1987. Since then, he has been known as one of the finest commentators going around.