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Happy Birthday Sunil Gavaskar: Top 10 Records Held By Little Master - In Pics

As Sunil Gavaskar celebrates his 75th birthday today, it's the perfect occasion to reflect on the incredible achievements of this cricketing legend. Known for his unmatched skill, resilience, and dedication, Gavaskar has left an indelible mark on the sport. Here are ten of his most remarkable records that continue to inspire cricket enthusiasts around the world.

First Cricketer to Score 10,000 Test Runs

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First Cricketer to Score 10,000 Test Runs

Sunil Gavaskar was the first player in cricket history to reach the monumental milestone of 10,000 Test runs, setting a benchmark for future generations.  

Highest Runs by a Debutant in a Series

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Highest Runs by a Debutant in a Series

Gavaskar scored a staggering 774 runs in his debut Test series against the West Indies, a record that still stands today for the highest runs by a debutant in a series.  

Dominance Against the West Indies

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Dominance Against the West Indies

He holds the record for the most runs (2,749) and centuries (13) scored against the West Indies, showcasing his prowess against one of the toughest bowling attacks.  

Four Consecutive Centuries at Two Venues

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Four Consecutive Centuries at Two Venues

Gavaskar is the only cricketer to score four consecutive centuries at two different venues: Port of Spain and Wankhede Stadium, a testament to his consistency and skill.  

58 Test Century Partnerships

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58 Test Century Partnerships

He is the only cricketer with 58 century partnerships in Test cricket, achieved with 18 different players, highlighting his ability to build significant innings with various teammates.  

Centuries in Both Innings of a Test Match

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Centuries in Both Innings of a Test Match

Gavaskar jointly holds the record for scoring centuries in both innings of a Test match on three occasions, a rare feat shared with Australia's Ricky Ponting and David Warner.  

Over 100 Test Catches as a Fielder

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Over 100 Test Catches as a Fielder

As the first Indian fielder (excluding wicket-keepers) to take over 100 catches in Test cricket, Gavaskar's sharp reflexes and reliable hands were key assets in the field.  

Carrying the Bat in Test Cricket

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Carrying the Bat in Test Cricket

He was the first Indian cricketer to carry his bat through a Test innings, scoring an unbeaten 127 in the Faisalabad Test in 1983, a rare and commendable achievement.  

Record for Most Test Centuries

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Record for Most Test Centuries

Gavaskar held the record for the most Test centuries (34) for nearly two decades until it was surpassed by Sachin Tendulkar in 2005, underscoring his long-standing dominance.  

Only Cricketer to Score Double Centuries at Two Venues

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Only Cricketer to Score Double Centuries at Two Venues

Gavaskar's ability to score double centuries at two different venues—Port of Spain and Wankhede Stadium—further solidifies his legacy as one of the greatest opening batsmen in cricket history.