Three Indian legends and unique similarity
Three Cricket Legends, Indian Cricketers, Sunil Gavaskar, Sourav Ganguly and VVS Laxman have a very interesting thing in common. All three of them Double Century In 99th Test match of their career.
|Sunil Gavaskar||1983||236*||West Indies||Chennai|
|Sourav Ganguly||2007||239||Pakistan||Bangalore (Bengaluru)|
|VVS Laxman||2008||200*||Australia||New Delhi|
India is known for its batting master class. We can say that present generation superstars Virat Kohli, Rohit Sharma, Shikhar Dhawan, KL Rahul all have inherited the batting talent from previous generations of Sachin Tendulkar, Rahul Dravid, Sourav Ganguly and Virender Sehwag.
But we all know that the foundation is stone was laid by the real Little Master Sunil Gavaskar, who actually is known for his Supremacy in batting in the era of terrific fast bowlers of West Indies England and Australia.
The dream debut of Sunil Gavaskar
India has seen generations of batting Masters but the kind of Dream debut Sunil Gavaskar has made into international cricket, no other batsman was able to repeat that. Sunil Gavaskar made his debut against West Indies in West Indies in year 1971. He played 4 test matches and in those eight innings his score was 65, 67, 116, 64, 1, 117*,124 and 220. Gavaskar scored 774 runs in those eight innings of his first series. This is the best debut performance for any Indian opener till date.
Gavaskar scored 236 not out in his 99th test at Chennai in December 1983 against West Indies (full scorecard), which eventually remained his highest score in test matches.
Sourav Ganguly magical debut against England
Sourav Ganguly debut was also like a dream come true. He has scored back to back centuries against England in England. Like Sunil Gavaskar, Sourav Ganguly also scored a double century in his 99th test match. At Bengaluru in December 2007 against Pakistan Ganguly scored a dashing 239 runs in India’s first inning. Ganguli was the second batsman of India who scored a double century in his 99th test match (full scorecard).
VVS Laxman, 3rd Indian to score a double century in his 99th Test
VVS Laxman debut was never like Sunil Gavaskar or Sourav Ganguly. In fact his first century came after waiting for 17 long matches but as we all know once he started he kept going. He was one of the pillar of Indian middle order for around 10-12 years after that.
VVS Laxman played an inning of 200 not out in 1st inning against Australia in November 2008 at Delhi. He was awarded man of the match for this match (full scorecard).
Who are the players who scored double century in test in their 99th test?
Sunil Gavaskar, Sourav Ganguly, VVS Laxman
What is the highest score of Sunil Gavaskar?
Sunil Gavaskar scored 236* against West Indies. This is his highest score.
How many double centuries did Sourav Ganguly score?
Sourav Ganguly scored only one double century (236 runs) that is against Pakistan.
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