Sunday, March 07, 2010

On This Day...

In 1987, gifted Indian batsman Sunil Gavaskar became the first batsman in cricket history to make 10,000 runs in Test cricket in a match against Pakistan. Gavaskar opened the Indian batting and scored 63 in a slow game during which much of one day's play was lost when play was halted after spectators in the Ahmedabad crowd pelted the Pakistani fielders with stones. When Pakistan's captain, Imran Khan, eventually led his team back onto the pitch, many of the fielders had taken to wearing helmets to guard against missiles from the crowd.

Gavaskar played in 125 Test Matches and finished with a career average of 51. Although a player with natural flair, he concentrated on his defensive qualities and made his wicket the one that bowling teams prized most.

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