Happy Birthday Sunil Gavaskar: Here are 5 unknown facts about 'Little Master'
Sunil Gavaskar is a legendary former Indian cricketer and a part of India's 1983 World Cup-winning squad. The Mumbaikar is celebrating his 72nd birthday as we look at some unknown facts about the 'Little Master' of cricket.
When it comes to some of the greatest cricketing legends of India, Sunil Gavaskar is one name that has to be on the list. In fact, he would be one of the first on the list, alongside Sachin Tendulkar.
Gavaskar is usually rated as the first Indian cricketing legend, as he remained the highest run-scorer for India before Tendulkar surpassed him. Also, being a part of the 1983 World Cup-winning squad, his stature is massive in Indian cricket.
Meanwhile, the legend from Mumbai has turned 72 years old on Saturday. On this particular day, we take a look at some of his unknown facts.
Scoreboard doesn't matter
It is widely believed that Gavaskar never looked at the scoreboard while batting. Although it is unclear if it was his superstition or a means to avert pressure on himself, it did work in his favour, as he scored the runs freely and effortlessly.
Naming the off-springs
In another interesting fact, it has come to be known that his dad used to be a fan of former Windies great Rohan Kanhai. As a result, Gavaskar decided to name his son after him. Similarly, Windies's mystery spinner Sunil Narine's dad used to be a fan of Gavaskar and thus, Narine was named after him.
In an exciting fact, Gavaskar holds the record of scoring four successive centuries in two venues. While one happens to be in India, at his Mumbai's home ground, Wankhede Stadium, the other is overseas, in Port of Spain, Windies.
Appearance on silver screen
In yet another unknown fact, Gavaskar also tried his acting skills and made a couple of appearances in movies. While he played the lead role in the Marathi movie Savli Premachi, he also made a cameo in the Bollywood movie Maalamaal, starring Naseeruddin Shah.
Most runs in a series
In a record that he still possesses, Gavaskar slammed the most runs in a Test series. During the Windies tour in 1971, Gavaskar hit a whopping 774 runs in the five-Test series, as India won the series 1-0.
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