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Updated on March 29th 2022, 5:01:32 pm

Top 5 Best innings of Sunil Gavaskar

Sunil Gavaskar is the batting inspiration for all the young Indian players who came through the 1990s and beyond. Here we will look at the top 5 best innings of Sunil Gavaskar.

Sunil Gavaskar is one name which is synonymous with Indian cricket and World cricket for more than 50 years and during his playing career from 1971-1987 , there was no other batter in the world that was better than him in test cricket as he was a monster in the longest format of the game. He was not called the Little Master for nothing as he is the batting inspiration for all the young Indian players who came through the 1990s and beyond. He has played such amazing innings in test cricket that it is difficult to choose just 5 and his legacy is unmatched.'

The debut series of Sunil Gavaskar against West Indies in 1971 is where he made 774 runs and in that series alone he played so many memorable knocks that a list can be made from those but we will look at his whole career and some high quality innings will be left out but we can only choose 5 so let’s see which are the Top 5 Best innings of Sunil Gavaskar.

220 vs West Indies (1971)

This was the last innings that Sunil Gavaskar played in his dream debut series against West Indies In 1971 and he ended the tour with a bang as he scored a hundred in the first innings of the test match and a double hundred In the second innings of the same test match. He was only 21 years old and the way he was smashing the West Indies bowlers all around the ground ,it stunned the cricketing world and everyone was sure that Sunil Gavaskar will be the next big Superstar in world cricket and he did not disappoint anyone. This innings of 220 will go down as one of his best ever innings.

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221 vs England (1979)

This was one of the greatest innings in the career of Sunil Gavaskar and it came against England in 1979 and it came in a chase of a record 438 runs to chase in the fourth Innings and Sunil Gavaskar was standing in the way of England and a historic win and he was playing really well and it was looking like India were going to win the match and create history but at the crucial time he got out making 221 mammoth runs and India settled for a draw just 9 runs behind the total of 438 , I’d he had stayed till the end India would have pulled off something incredible. He became a legend after this knock.

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236* vs West Indies (1983)

The history making 30th century of Sunil Gavaskar came against West Indies in 1983 and it was also hit highest test score of 236* and he was in his element that day as he hit all the fours in different directions and the strong bowling attack of the West Indies was torn apart by the genius of Sunil Gavaskar and he cemented his legacy as one of the greatest of all time and even now this innings is remembered even now.

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127 vs Pakistan (1983)

On a pitch which was very difficult for batting and the Pakistan bowlers like Imran Khan and Sarfaraz Nawaz were getting all the Indian batters out very early then it was Sunil Gavaskar again who stood like a rock for the Indian team and he scored another brilliant century and he helped India get to a respectable total of 286 in the first innings of the test match and he again proved that he is in a different level than all the other Barrera around and he was Sunil Gavaskar and there was only one like him in world cricket.

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103* vs New Zealand (1987)

His only ODI hundred had to find a spot in this list as it was a very special knock by a very special player who was not known to excel in the shorter format but in one innings he proved everyone wrong and he smashed thus century in a crucial 1987 World Cup game against New Zealand while India were chasing 222 for the win and Sunil Gavaskar hit 10 fours and 3 sixes leading India to a famous win and his first and only ODI hundred in the process as well.

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