The great batsman Sunil Gavaskar was the first cricketer to score 30 hundreds in international cricket. Gavaskar has scored 34 hundreds in Test cricket. But the journey began today. Today, 51 years ago, Gavaskar scored his first century in international cricket. Gavaskar scored his first Test hundred in the third match of a five-match series against the West Indies. This was Gavaskar’s first Test series and he scored a total of 774 runs. Sunil Gavaskar scored 116 runs in this Test match played in Guyana. Sunil Gavaskar scored 774 runs in his first Test series. As far as Gavaskar is concerned, he has scored three hundreds, three fifties and a double hundred in this Test series.
According to reports, Gavaskar suffered a toothache during the match. And he cured his pain by venting his anger against the West Indies bowlers. A day before the match, Gavaskar asked Ashok Mankad to pour cold water on his throat. This was necessary after a tiring practice session. But somehow a piece of ice got stuck in Gavaskar’s teeth. And Gavaskar played that Test match with pain.
Gavaskar faced the pain along with bowlers like Gary Sobers, Lance Gibbs, Keith Boyce and Jack Noriga. Gavaskar started the innings with Mankad. He scored the first hundred. Gavaskar to Gary Sobers. It seemed that Gavaskar batted with restraint in this match. Sobers continued to bowl outside the stumps. He was testing the patience of this young player. Gavaskar did not give up and took complete control of himself.
Gavaskar kept playing with his teeth. He waited until Sobers lost his temper. Gavaskar had no fear of the Caribbean bowling attack and his first series. West Indies scored 363 in the first innings. Gavaskar’s hundreds and Gundappa Vishwanath and Syed Abid Ali’s half-centuries gave them a 13-run lead. West Indies declared the second innings at 307 for three. The hosts had hoped to knock India out but the Indian batsmen drew the match. Gavaskar scored an unbeaten 63 in the second innings.