Former India captain and batting legend Sunil Gavaskar was on Saturday felicitated by the BCCI on the 50th anniversary of his Test debut. (More Cricke News)
The 71-year-old former skipper received a commemorative Test cap from BCCI Secretary Jay Shah during the lunch break on day three of the fourth and final Test between India and England at the Narendra Modi Stadium, in Ahmedabad.
"Celebrating 50 glorious years of the legendary former #TeamIndia Captain Mr. Sunil Gavaskar's Test debut today," the BCCI tweeted.
Celebrating 50 years of Sunil Gavaskar's Test debut ðÂÂÂÂÂÂÂÂÂðÂÂÂÂÂÂÂÂÂ— BCCI (@BCCI) March 6, 2021
The cricketing world paid tribute to the legendary former India Captain Mr. Sunil Gavaskar on the occasion of his 50th anniversary of his Test debut for India. @Paytm #INDvENG
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BCCI president and former India captain, Sourav Ganguly said that " time today to once again congratulate them for what they have for Indian cricket. The game is as strong as it is today because they made a start then against all odds."
This day marks the 50th Anniv of Mr. Gavaskar in international cricket and the team of 1971.. It is time today to once again congratulate them for what they have for Indian cricket. The game is as strong as it is today because they made a start then against all odds.@BCCI— Sourav Ganguly (@SGanguly99) March 6, 2021
Shah also posted pictures of the brief ceremony on his official Twitter handle.
"Join me in celebrating the 50th anniversary of Shri Sunil Gavaskar Ji's Test debut for India. It is indeed a momentous occasion for all Indians and we are getting to celebrate it at the world's largest cricket facility Narendra Modi Stadium," he wrote.
Join me in celebrating the 50th anniversary of Shri Sunil Gavaskar Ji's Test debut for ðÂÂÂÂ®ðÂÂÂÂ³. It is indeed a momentous occasion for all Indians and we are getting to celebrate it at the world's largest cricket facility Narendra Modi Stadium ðÂÂÂÂÂÂï¸ÂÂ @ICC @BCCI pic.twitter.com/NzolBqvKzI— Jay Shah (@JayShah) March 6, 2021
A veteran of the game, Gavaskar featured in 125 Tests, 108 ODIs between 1971-1987, amassing 10,122 and 3,092 respectively. He was also a part of the 1983 World Cup-winning side.
Gavaskar held the record for scoring most tons in Test cricket until Sachin Tendulkar surpassed his tally in 2005.
In his debut match against the West Indies, Gavaskar notched up half centuries in both innings, scoring 65 in the first and remaining unbeaten on 67 in the second essay.
India won that game by seven wickets and went on to win the series 1-0.
(With PTI inputs)
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