'Little Master' Sunil Gavaskar celebrated the 50th anniversary of his Test debut on Saturday. It came against West Indies in Port of Spain, where the 21-year-old announced himself to the world in sensational fashion. Gavaskar amassed 774 runs in four Tests and in the process, created the record of highest aggregate achieved in a debut series, beating George Headley’s 703.
Master Blaster's heartfelt note to Little Master
Sachin Tendulkar took to Instagram to congratulate his idol Gavaskar for achieving the milestone. He penned a heartfelt note,
“50 years ago on this day, he took the cricketing world by storm. He scored 774 runs in his debut series and each one of us growing up had a hero to look up to. India won the series in the West Indies and then In England and all of a sudden the sport in India had a new meaning,” Tendulkar wrote in a Twitter post. “As a young boy, I knew I had someone to look up to and try and be like him. That has never changed. He remains my hero. Wish you a happy 50th in international cricket, Mr. Gavaskar. To every one of the 1971 team a happy 50th Anniversary. You all made us proud and showed us the light,”
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Gavaskar felicitated by BCCI in Ahmedabad
The legendary top-order batsman was also felicitated by the Board of Control for Cricket in India (BCCI). Jay Shah, the BCCI Secretary, honoured the batting great with a commemorative Test cap during the lunch break on Day 3 of final Test between India and England at Ahmedabad. India defeated England by an innings and 25 runs to win the series 3-1 and secure a berth in the final of the ICC World Test Championship. Axar Patel and R Ashwin both completed a fifer in the second innings after their first innings heroics.