It is 25 years since Sunil Gavaskar called it a day. And twenty-five years is a very long time by any yardstick, any stretch of imagination. Yet, the world is yet to come across a Test opener who can approach the Indian in technique and temperament. It is at once a tribute to the class and quality of Gavaskar, who is celebrating his 63rd birthday today (July 10).
Remembering #SunilGavaskar's epic last Test innings - exactly 25 years ago :It’s exactly 25 years since Sunil Gavaskar last played for India. H Natarajan recalls the Little Master’s epic effort in that final innings against Pakistan at Bangalore which has strange coincidences with Sachin Tendulkar’s 100th international hundred on Friday.
No. 34: The 248 in Dhaka in 2004 was Tendulkar's highest score and it brought him level with Sunil Gavaskar's world record number of centuries. "I said to him my expectations are higher and I want not 40 but 50 Test hundreds from him," Gavaskar said. "When I saw Sachin play a flick wide of mid-on in the nets for the [Ranji] Probables team I knew here was a special talent." www.200th.in