Five interesting incidents Sunil Gavaskar came across on the cricket field

Five interesting incidents Sunil Gavaskar came across on the cricket field.

Sunil Gavaskar
Sunil Gavaskar. (Photo by Patrick Eagar/Popperfoto/Getty Images)

Sunil Gavaskar was one of the stereotypical batsmen when it came to India’s rich cricket history which gradually raised from the 1970s only to become a powerhouse as of today. Gavaskar was the path-breaking figure to Test cricket of his times who swept batting records only to be broken by Sachin Tendulkar, his junior Mumbaikar. On occasion of Sunil Gavaskar’s 69th birthday, we look at some of the interesting incidents he came across on the cricket field.

Century with torn tourers:

Sunil Gavaskar
Sunil Gavaskar of India. (Photo Source: Getty Images)

India began their 1974 tour of England with the Test match in Old Trafford and the hosts made a good start posting 328/9 in their first innings. In response, Indian batsmen crumbled except Sunil Gavaskar who helped them to avoid the follow-on with a century. The opener was run out scoring 101 after he added a crucial 75-run stand with the No.9 batsman S Abid Ali who scored 71.

India made 246 in their first innings but ended up on losing side as they were bowled out for only 182 in the 2nd innings chasing 296 to win. During the 3rd day’s play, Gavaskar got his trousers torn but decided to continue till he reached his century and got out. Thus, he remained probably the only player to score a Test hundred with torn trousers.

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