Sunil Gavaskar is the only player in world cricket who scored a double century in all Test innings (1ST, 2ND, 3RD AND 4TH Innings)
Sunil Gavaskar is the only player in world cricket who scored a double century in all Test innings (1ST, 2ND, 3RD AND 4TH Innings)

Sunil Gavaskar, a record of double century in all test innings

Sunil Gavaskar is the only player in world cricket who scored a double century in all Test innings (1ST, 2ND, 3RD AND 4TH Innings). No other batsman in world cricket has achieved these feet yet of scoring DOUBLE CENTURY IN ALL 4 TEST INNINGS.

He scored 205 in a 1st Innings against West Indies in Dec’1978, 236* in a 2nd Inning against West Indies in Dec’1983, 220 in a 3rd Inning, again against West Indies in his debut series in Apr’1971 and 221 in a 4th Inning against England in Aug’1979.

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Sunil Gavaskar double century coming in match’s 1st Inning

Gavaskar was the driving force behind the Indian 1st innings, displaying an unprecedented level of aggression in a Test match. He reached his double century in just over six hours, hitting two sixes and 27 fours, when the team’s total was only 318. His contribution was instrumental in both shaping the substance and building the momentum of the innings.

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Sunil Gavaskar double century coming in match’s 2nd Inning

When Kapil Dev declared the innings at 451 for eight, Sunil Gavaskar had batted 644 minutes, faced 425 balls and hit 23 fours. Gavaskar’s 236 remained the score to beat for more than 17 years, before it was surpassed by VVS Laxman (281) against Australia and then by Virendra Sahwag (309) against Pakistan and then again by Virendra Sehwag (319) against South Africa.

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Sunil Gavaskar double century coming in the match’s 3rd Inning

Gavaskar’s remarkable eight-hour and fifty-minute vigil during India’s second innings kept the team in the game, as he scored 220 runs. This was the highest score in the innings, as the second highest score was only 54 by Wadekar. Despite starting their second innings with only a limited amount of time remaining on the fourth day, Gavaskar’s performance ensured that India remained competitive.

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Sunil Gavaskar double century coming in the match’s 4th Inning

Sunil Gavaskar produced an unforgettable double-century performance – without a single error, displaying mesmerizing drives and graceful shots between mid-on and square leg. News of India’s historic feat had spread, and the crowd had grown in excitement as they eagerly awaited to witness it.

India’s valiant effort to chase down the daunting target of 438 was admirable, but they fell short in the final stages of the game. With only 72 runs needed in 12 overs and eight wickets still remaining, the team’s captain Venkat promoted Kapil Dev to bat. Despite his young age of 20 and lack of experience, Kapil unfortunately was dismissed for 0. India’s score soon dropped to 423 for 8, and the match was declared a draw with only nine runs needed off the last ball.

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Sunil Gavaskar, the original little master

Sunil Gavaskar is widely regarded as one of the greatest batsmen in the history of cricket. One of his most impressive accomplishments is his record of 34 test match centuries.

Gavaskar made his debut for the Indian national cricket team in 1971 and quickly established himself as one of the top batsmen in the world. In his first test series, he set a new record for the most runs scored by a debutant, with 774 runs in four matches.

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He held the record of 34 Test centuries for almost two decades before it was broken by Sachin Tendulkar in December 2005.

Gavaskar was a trailblazer in the world of Test cricket, achieving several milestones throughout his career. He was the first player to score centuries in both innings of a Test match on three separate occasions. Additionally, Gavaskar was the first Test batsman to reach the milestone of 10,000 Test runs in his career, and currently holds the 12th position in the group of 13 players with 10,000 or more Test runs.

Gavaskar was highly respected for his technical prowess against fast bowling, particularly against the West Indies team, who had one of the most feared and aggressive fast bowling attacks in Test history. He had a remarkable average of 65.45 against them. He was able to handle their pace and aggression with ease and scored runs consistently against them. This demonstrated his technical proficiency and mental strength as a batsman.

Gavaskar’s impressive record of scoring centuries against the West Indies was mainly achieved when the team’s four-pronged fast bowling attack was not playing. However, his performance as the captain of the Indian team was not as successful. Despite his individual achievements, the team’s performance did not reflect his leadership.

The Indian team’s inconsistent performance resulted in multiple changes in leadership, with Gavaskar and Kapil Dev taking turns as captain. One of Gavaskar’s dismissals as captain came just six months prior to Kapil leading the team to victory in the 1983 Cricket World Cup. Despite Gavaskar’s individual success as a player, his captaincy did not bring the desired results.

FAQs

How many double centuries did Sunil Gavaskar score in his Test career?

Sunil Gavaskar scored 34 double centuries in his Test career.

What is Gavaskar’s highest score in Test cricket?

Gavaskar’s highest score in Test cricket is 236 not out against West Indies in 1983.

How many times did Gavaskar score centuries in both innings of a Test match?

Gavaskar scored centuries in both innings of a Test match three times in his career.

When did Gavaskar became the first Test batsman to score 10,000 Test runs in a career?

Gavaskar became the first Test batsman to score 10,000 Test runs in his career in 1987.

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