As Sunil Gavaskar turned 66, former India cricket star Virender Sehwag paid a glowing tribute to the legend, saying that what 'The Little Master' did without wearing a helmet, the best of batsmen today would not be able to do with all their equipment on.
What Gavaskar did without helmet,its difficult for ppl these days to do with all equipments.If cricket were a film,Sunil Gavaskar is Sholay— Virender Sehwag (@virendersehwag) July 10, 2016
To start with, the Nawab of Najafgarh said, "Happy Birthday to one of the greatest batsmen of all time, Sunny Paaji! Wish you a long and healthy life."
Happy Birthday to one of the greatest batsmen of all time,Sunny Paaji !Wish you a long and healthy life. pic.twitter.com/FMPHb9swD5— Virender Sehwag (@virendersehwag) July 10, 2016
Sachin Tendulkar and Mamata Banerjee also greeted Gavaskar on the occasion.
Happy Birthday to the legend Sunil Gavaskar. Thank you for inspiring me over the years. pic.twitter.com/O3SIV7D3w9— sachin tendulkar (@sachin_rt) July 10, 2016
Happy Birthday to the greatest ever #SunilGavaskar ;he faced the fiery Windies fast bowlers without wearing a helmet. He made India believe.— Sanjay Jha (@JhaSanjay) July 10, 2016
Birthday greetings to Sunil Gavaskar ji. May you have a healthy and happy life ahead— Mamata Banerjee (@MamataOfficial) July 10, 2016
The first player to score more than 30 centuries, Gavaskar was among the best batsmen in the world during his playing days. He still holds the record for the most runs made in a debut Test series and the most Test centuries against the West Indies and is the only player to have scored a century and a double century in the same Test Match twice.
So, people had a field day remembering his numerous records.
Sunil Gavaskar 774 Runs against West Indies on his Debut series remains the highest runs by a debutant in a series since 1971...— Broken Cricket (@BrokenCricket) July 10, 2016
Happy Birthday Sunil Gavaskar, the first man to reach 10000 Test Runs & Most Test Hundreds against West Indies (13). pic.twitter.com/XJsoj8inG5— Cricketopia (@CricketopiaCom) July 10, 2016
Sunil Gavaskar is the only batsman in the world cricket to score Double Hundred in 1st,2nd,3rd and 4th innings of Test Matches...— Broken Cricket (@BrokenCricket) July 10, 2016
Even the BCCI & ICC wished him.
Happy Birthday to an incomparable batting legend. The amazing Sunil Gavaskar. Your favourite Gavaskar moment? pic.twitter.com/85uYUJ7rz9— ICC (@ICC) July 10, 2016
Gavaskar represented India between 1971 and 1987 in which he played 125 Tests and 108 ODIs. He scored 10,122 runs at an average of 51.12. In 108 ODIs, he scored 3,092 runs at an average of 35.13, with just one century.
(With inputs from PTI)
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