New Delhi: India batting legend Sachin Tendulkar wished his idol Sunil Gavaskar, who turned 71 on Friday, a happy birthday.
Tendulkar wrote on Twitter: “I got to meet my idol Gavaskar sir for the first time in 1987. As a 13 year old I couldn’t believe my luck that I was meeting the person I looked up to and wanted to emulate. What a day that was. Wishing you a very happy 71st Birthday sir. Have a healthy and safe year ahead.”
I got to meet my idol Gavaskar Sir for the first time in 1987.
As a 13 year old, I couldn’t believe my luck that I was meeting the person I looked up to & wanted to emulate. What a day that was.😍
Wishing you a very happy 71st birthday Sir. Have a healthy & safe year ahead. pic.twitter.com/u06c37ouDh
— Sachin Tendulkar (@sachin_rt) July 10, 2020
Tendulkar was part of the cricket fraternity who Gavaskar on his birthday.
Gavaskar played in 125 Tests for India, scoring 10122 runs at an average of 51.12 with 34 Test centuries and 45 fifties.
Gavaskar also scored 3,092 runs from 108 One-Day Internationals, averaging 35.13.
International Cricket Council said Gavaskar is the first Indian fielder to claim 100 Test catches.
💥 First batsman to score 10,000 Test runs
💥 First batsman to score centuries in both innings of a Test thrice
💥 Held the record for most number of Test tons until 2005
💥 First India fielder to claim 100 Test catches
Happy birthday to legendary cricketer Sunil Gavaskar 🎉 pic.twitter.com/eyMqeSf54n
— ICC (@ICC) July 10, 2020
The right-handed batsman was the first batsman in Test cricket to breach the 10000-run mark barrier and was the first batsman to score hundreds in both innings of a Test match thrice.
Gavaskar was also part of the Kapil Dev-led Indian side that won the ODI World Cup in 1983.
Happy birthday, Sunny bhai.
Grew up listening about his legendary tales of batting without a helmet. Now fortunate enough to know him & hear those stories from the man himself.
The man is always at home in the West Indies 😊 pic.twitter.com/usiz7PawhO
— Mohammad Kaif (@MohammadKaif) July 10, 2020
Former India cricketers VVS Laxman, Suresh Raina and Mohammed Kaif also paid tribute to the ‘Little Master’.
Happy Birthday to the Legend! Master of Indian Cricket 🇮🇳
From being the first person to score centuries and achieving many milestones.
You will always be loved by all the Cricket fans🏏
Wish you great health and prosperity🙏 pic.twitter.com/kh2pym3xdT
— Suresh Raina🇮🇳 (@ImRaina) July 10, 2020
Wishing a very happy birthday to Sunil Gavaskar Sir. Wish him loads of happiness!
— Ajinkya Rahane (@ajinkyarahane88) July 10, 2020
Many more happy returns of the day to the legendary Sunil Gavaskar. Thank you for inspiring me over the years and it has been an absolute pleasure spending time with you in the commentary box in the last few years. Wish you a great year ahead. pic.twitter.com/CQTUyXVhq4
— VVS Laxman (@VVSLaxman281) July 10, 2020
Kuldeep Yadav wrote, “Happy birthday to the legend, #SunilGavaskar sir. You have inspired a generation to take up the sports. Wishing you good health & happiness.”
Sunil Gavaskar, as per reports, has decided to sponsor heart surgeries for 35 children in a Mumbai hospital.
🔸 World Cup winner 🏆
🔸 First batsman to score 10,000 Test runs 👏
🔸 Most number of runs in debut Test series – 7⃣7⃣4⃣ 🙌
— BCCI (@BCCI) July 10, 2020