Saturday, 7 September 2019

Guest Review: The Record-breaking Sunil Gavaskar By C D Clark

This is the biography covering the first part of the career of the Indian cricketer Sunil Gavaskar.




Review: This is the biography covering the first part of the career of the Indian cricketer Sunil Gavaskar. He played a total of 125 Test Matches for India between 1971 and 1987 as an opening batsman. During this time, he amassed over 10,000 runs, established numerous records for batting and took over 100 catches.

This book was published in 1980, so only matches played up until then are covered. However, the start of his career was quite spectacular. Born in Mumbai (known formerly as Bombay), Sunil Gavaskar was first selected for India for their tour of the West Indies in 1971. Despite missing the first Test Match due to a finger infection, in the remaining four Test Matches, he scored a total of 774 runs, a new record for the highest aggregate in a maiden Test series. In the fifth test in Trinidad, he scored a century in the first innings, and a double century in the second, a feat very few batsmen had achieved at that time, or have achieved since.

The book contains a lot of details regarding cricket, but is a little thin on details of Sunil's personal life. Many of the chapters end with a short, statistical section, and there is an appendix at the end with more detailed statistics. As such, this makes for for quite a dry read, but it is one that should appeal to cricket fans.

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