Frequently Asked Questions (FAQs)
What were Sunil Gavaskar's early achievements in cricket?
Sunil Gavaskar made a significant mark in his school days, being named India’s Best Schoolboy Cricketer in 1966. His high school career was studded with impressive scores, including an unbeaten 246*, 222, and 85.
How did Gavaskar's Test career begin?
Gavaskar’s Test debut in 1971 against the West Indies was historic. He scored 774 runs in his debut series, including four centuries and three fifties, setting a new standard in Test cricket.
What is notable about Gavaskar's captaincy of the Indian cricket team?
Under Gavaskar’s leadership in the late 1970s and early 1980s, the Indian team achieved a steady, if unspectacular, record. His captaincy is known for its strategic and conservative approach, leading to numerous match draws.
What are some of Gavaskar's most memorable innings?
Gavaskar’s 221 against England at the Oval in 1979 and his highest Test score of 236* against the West Indies are standout innings. These performances showcased his skill and resilience against some of the best bowlers of his time.
What controversies surrounded Gavaskar during his career?
Gavaskar stirred controversy in 2008 for his comments on the Sydney Test Match, questioning the fairness of Mike Procter’s verdict against Harbhajan Singh and hinting at racial bias. This led to debates about his role in the ICC and media.