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I Am Delighted For Sunil, Kapil Dev on Stadium Named After Sunil Gavaskar 

I Am Delighted For Sunil, Kapil Dev on Stadium Named After Sunil Gavaskar
Felicitation ceremony of former India cricketers. Image: PTI

Kapil Dev, the former India World Cup-winning captain, has said he is quite delighted for the stadium that got named after Sunil Gavaskar, who was once the highest run-scorer for India in Test cricket,

“I’m delighted for Sunil. It’s wonderful that, decades after he retired, well-wishers in the US decided to name a Field after him. My congratulations, of course, to Sunil,” Kapil told The Telegraph.

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Sunil Gavaskar during an event. Image: Getty Images

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Sunil Gavaskar was a member of the team that won the 1983 World Cup under the leadership of Kapil Dev. Known as little master, Gavaskar retired from the game in 1987. He made his debut against West Indies (now Windies) in 1971 and shone in his first series.

He is regarded as one of the best batsmen India have ever produced. In fact, when he retired, team India looked for another batsman like Sunil Gavaskar, and they soon got Sachin Tendulkar, who tumbled his most records. At present, team India has Virat Kohli, who has carried the legacy.

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Coming to Gavaskar, the legendary cricketer himself inaugurated the field in USA named as Sunil M. Gavaskar cricket field. Also, this is probably the first time when a stadium got named after an Indian player. Gavaskar though has a stand named after him at the Wankhede stadium but not a stadium. It is one of the steps in popularising the game in the country, where cricket is not one of the premier sports.

India had played two T20Is in the USA when they faced Windies in the year 2016, after the four-match Test series. Apart from that, Windies is also making its efforts to popularise the game by organising few of the Carribean Premier League games in the country as well.

The efforts made by cricket community to spread the game in the USA might pay them benefits.

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