MCA To Give Sunil Gavaskar A Permanent Box At Wankhede For 50 Years Since Debut
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MCA To Give Sunil Gavaskar A Permanent Box At Wankhede For 50 Years Since Debut

Sunil Gavaskar
Sunil Gavaskar. Photo Credit: Getty Images.

MCA-Mumbai Cricket Association will give cricket legend former opener Sunil Gavaskar a permanent box at the iconic Wankhede Stadium on March 9, as a ‘special gift’ on the occasion of 50 years since his international debut against the West Indies in 1971.

The 71-year-old opening batsman turned commentator famously made his Test debut against the West Indies at Port of Spain on March 6, 1971, scoring 65 and 67 not out. He then went on to score an incredible 774 runs averaging 154.80 which remains the most number of runs by any batsman in his maiden Test series playing a massive role in India beating one of the strongest sides in world cricket at that time on its home turf.

Sunil Gavaskar
Sunil Gavaskar. Photo Credit: Getty Images.

MCA Decided To Allot A Special Box To Sunil Gavaskar In July

The MCA’s Apex Council had in July last year decided to allot a special box to legendary Sunil Gavaskar on the occasion of him completing 50 years since his international debut in 1971. The MCA had decided on this gesture as a mark of restoring his two fixed seats at the Wankhede Stadium which were missing after the stadium was refurbished before the 2011 World Cup.

On Saturday, Sunil Gavaskar was invited by the MCA to the Wankhede Stadium, where president Vijay Patil and secretary Sanjay Naik showed him where the box, containing 10-12 seats, named after him would be situated.

MCA's Wankhede Stadium
Wankhede Stadium. Photo Credit: Getty Images.

“We are delighted to honour one of the world’s greatest opening batsman to ever play the game and India’s pride, the legendary Shri Sunil Gavaskar with a permanent box at our Iconic Wankhede stadium. Today, we gave him a tour of the proposed box which will be formally assigned on March 9 when we felicitate the Indian legend on completing 50 years since making his international debut,” MCA president Vijay Patil told TOI on Saturday.

During his visit to the Wankhede Stadium, Sunil Gavaskar met the Chief Justice of Supreme Court SA Bobde as the judges were playing their annual game against the advocates.

MCA Formerly BCA Reserved 2 Seats Each For Sunil Gavaskar, Lata Mangeshkar And JRD Tata In 1988

After Sunil Gavaskar retired, in 1988 the Bombay Cricket Association (BCA, as it was known as then) president SK Wankhede reserved two seats each for the corporate giant JRD Tata, famed singer Lata Mangeshkar and Sunil Gavaskar in the front row of the Garware pavilion bench.

Lata Mangeshkar
Lata Mangeshkar. Getty Images.

Sunil Gavaskar scored 10122 runs in 125 Tests averaging 51.12 hitting as many as 34 tons. Sunil Gavaskar was the first Test cricket player to make over 10,000 runs. He held the record for the highest number of Test centuries (34) before Sachin Tendulkar went past him in 2005. He broke Donald Bradman’s record 29 Test centuries going on to get 34.