Sachin Tendulkar’s feat of 51 hundreds remains untouched in Test cricket. Long before that, the magic number was 29. When Don Bradman retired in 1948, he had 29 centuries in Test cricket and the number stood tall for over 35 years till another little master from India — Sunil Gavaskar went past it.

On this day, in 1983, Gavaskar scored his 30th Test hundred, against his favourite opposition West Indies. By doing so, he went past Bradman’s magic mark of 29. The year 1983 had been an eventful one for India. On June 25, against all odds and the mighty West Indians, India did the unexpected. They went on to beat West Indies in the World Cup final to be crowned the world champions. Later that year, the Caribbean side toured India and handed the hosts a 3-0 defeat. Going into the sixth Test at Chennai, India already three down, looked forward to salvage some pride. They did that and thanks to Gavaskar.

Batting first, West Indies put up 313 runs and thereon it was a Gavaskar show. Not only he went on to surpass Bradman’s mark to head the list of century-makers in Test cricket, but also went on to register India’s highest score in Test cricket. He batted almost 11 hours to pile up an unbeaten 236. The rain-marred match ended in a draw but for many reasons, this Test went on to be a memorable one for an Indian fan.

Gavaskar held the record till 2005 before the little man from his city — Tendulkar went past him. His 236 not out was also the highest score by an Indian batsmen till VVS Laxman went past him in 2001 with his majestic 281.