One of the most legendary Indian cricketer Sunil Gavaskar was felicitated by BCCI during the fourth Test match between India and England. The legend is celebrating the 50th anniversary of his Test debut and BCCI secretary Jay Shah tweeted the pictures in a mark of tribute to the 71-year-old.
Earlier Master blaster Sachin Tendulkar on Saturday paid a heartfelt tribute to his idol, Sunil Gavaskar, who made his Test debut against West Indies on this day in 1971. Sharing a photograph of Gavaskar in which the legend is seen playing a straight drive, Tendulkar said fifty years ago, “he took the world by storm”, scoring 774 runs in his debut series.
It was due to Gavaskar’s heroics that India first won the series in West Indies and then in England, lending the sport a “new meaning”, Tendulkar said.”As a young boy, I knew I had someone to look up to and be like him,” Tendulkar, one of the best players to have played the game, said, adding, Gavaskar remains his hero to this day.Besides wishing Gavaskar, who completes fifty years since his debut for India, Tendulkar extended his wishes to other team members who made the country proud following their victory over the mighty West Indies.
On Saturday, speaking to Star Sports, Gavaskar said he can’t believe it’s been five decades since he played his first game for India.“Every school kid’s dream is to play for India. That was my dream as well,” Sunil Gavaskar told Star Sports.The “little master” said he was handed the blazer and sweaters before the start of the tour but he didn’t wear them until he stepped on the field representing the country.