Picture of Sunil Gavaskar

Sunil Gavaskar

Batting style:
Right Handed bat
Bowling style:
Right-arm medium
Played for:
Roles played:
Ex Skipper-Test,ODI | Batsman
Home country:
July 10, 1949, Bombay


Sunil Gavaskar is one of the biggest names in Indian cricket, arguably the greatest Indian batsman ever. What probably tilts the debate in his favour is that he played at a time when international cricket was replete with deadly fast bowers with no modern-day helmets for protection.

Of his 34 Test centuries, highest at the time, thirteen came against the West Indies who boasted one of the best fast bowling line-ups ever. In his first Test series in the West Indies in 1971, Gavaskar scored a whopping 774 in four matches as India registered a historic 1-0 series win.

He enjoyed playing the Windies as he scored four centuries twice in a series against them. His highest Test score of 236 also came against the Caribbean nation in Chennai, 1983. The first batsman to score 10,000 Test runs, Gavaskar was a part of four World Cup campaigns including India’s maiden World Cup title triumph in 1983. Two years later he also led India to win in the World Championship of Cricket in Australia.

Predominantly a Test player, Gavaskar did not have the best of times in ODIs. Having made his ODI debut in 1974, he found it tough to replicate his Test cricket exploits in the then shortest format of the game. His innings of 36 not out off a whopping 174 deliveries earned him a lot of flak, but this was the way he continued batting till his penultimate ODI. Against New Zealand, he cracked the then fastest World Cup hundred for an Indian despite running a high temperature. Incidentally, it was also his only ODI hundred.

He hung up his boots in 1987 but not before racking up 10122 Test runs at an average of 51.12. He tried his hand at captaincy at intervals in his career but did not have a good time. Post retirement he has served as an ICC Match Referee, BCCI President, chairman of ICC Cricket Committee, commentator and analyst. He till date remains a reliable and renowned voice in the game.

Fast Facts

  • First player to score 10,000 Test runs
  • Led India to win in the World Championship of Cricket in Australia in 1985
  • Recipient of Padma Shri and Padma Bhushan awards
  • One of the Wisden Cricketers of the Year in 1980
  • First Indian to score 4 Test tons in a series
  • Holds the record for most runs in a Test series for an Indian - 774 against West Indies
  • First Indian (excluding wicket-keepers) to take 100 catches in Tests
  • In 2012, he was awarded the Col CK Nayudu Lifetime Achievement Award for Cricket in India



  Matches Innings Runs NO Avg. SR 100's 50's HS
Test 125 214 10122 16 51.12 - 34 45 236*
ODI 108 102 3092 14 35.13 62.26 1 27 103*
  Matches Innings Balls Runs Wickets BBI BBM Avg. Econ. 4w 5w 10w Extras
Test 125 29 380 206 1 1/34 / 206.00 3.25 0 0 0 0
ODI 108 4 20 25 1 1/10 / 25.00 7.50 0 0 0 0
  Catches Stumpings Runouts
Test 108 0 0
ODI 22 0 0
  Matches Won Lost Tie No Result Win percentage
Test 47 9 8 0 30 19.15
ODI 37 14 21 0 2 37.84


India Vs West Indies at Queen's Park Oval, Port of Spain - Trinidad - Mar 06, 1971
Last played:
India Vs Pakistan at M. Chinnaswamy Stadium, Bangalore - Karnataka - Mar 13, 1987
India Vs England at Headingley, Leeds - Jul 13, 1974
Last played:
India Vs England at Wankhede Stadium, Mumbai - Nov 05, 1987