Former Pakistan captain Inzamam-ul-Haq recently talked about the greatness of the legendary Indian cricketer Sunil Gavaskar. Inzamam even compared Gavaskar with the present generation’s batsmen.
Sunil Gavaskar was one of the greatest batsmen in his era. His batting heavily inspired the Indian team to grow up in international cricket. He served the Indian team from 1971 to 1987 where the right-handed batsman scored 10122 runs in 125 Tests (average 51.12) and 3092 runs in 108 ODIs (average 35.13). The legendary Indian batsman hit 34 centuries and 45 half-centuries in Test career, while he scored an only century and 27 half-centuries in ODI career.
Gavaskar was the first batsman to score 10,000 Test runs, and Inzamam-ul-Haq feels that it was the huge achievement at that time. Even many legendary cricketers already played the cricket matches before or with him, but mostly never dreamed to reach this milestone in Test cricket. Inzamam further believes that even many present players haven’t the ability to score 10,000 Test runs.
Inzamam recently told on his YouTube channel, “There were several great players in his era as well as before that. There were batsmen like Javed Miandad, Viv Richards, Garry Sobers, and Don Bradman but none of them thought to reach the figure. Even in today’s cricket when there is too much Test cricket, there are very few players who’ve achieved that feat.”
I’ll say Sunil Gavaskar’s 10,000 runs of that era are equal to today’s 15,000 to 16,000 runs: Inzamam-ul-Haq
Inzamam even feels that Gavaskar’s 10,000 runs are easily equal to present days 15,000+ runs.
The former Pakistan captain added, “If you ask me, I’ll say Sunil’s 10,000 runs of that era are equal to today’s 15,000 to 16,000 runs. These can be more than that but not less in anyway.”
Talking more about that, Inzamam pointed out the playing conditions in the present days. He claimed that during Gavaskar’s period, the pitches were not much batting-friendly like the present days, on which the International Cricket Council (ICC) now also takes extra care.
Inzamam claimed, “If [as a batsman] your form is good you can even score 1000 to 1500 runs in a season. But when Sunil was batting, the situation was not like that. Today purely batting wickets are prepared so that you can continue scoring runs. The ICC also wants to see batsmen doing that so that spectators are entertained. But in the past wickets were not so easy to bat on, especially when you were playing outside the sub-continent.”
Sunil Gavaskar also led the Indian team in 84 international matches (47 Tests and 37 ODIs) from 1976 to 1985. He was also a member during India’s victory in the 1983 Cricket World Cup under the leadership of Kapil Dev.
In the first-class cricket career, Gavaskar scored 25834 runs in 348 matches with an average of 51.46, including 81 centuries and 105 half-centuries. Moreover, he scored 4594 runs in 151 List A matches (average 36.17), including five centuries and 37 fifties.