Sunil Gavaskar turns 69: When he almost got swapped at birthadmin November 17, 2019 0 COMMENTS
Former India opener Sunil Gavaskar is celebrating is 69th birthday today and it is a peculiar incident from the time of his birth that often comes to the mind.Gavaskar, also known as the Little Master, was an elegant batsman. The ease and beauty with which is he graced a cricket ground was what made him a role model for generations to come.He was one of the best batsmen in the world at his peak but all of this would perhaps not have been possible if not for his relative.Many people might not know but Gavaskar almost got separated from his parents on just the second day of him coming into the world.As narrated by the Little Master himself in his autobiography, it was one of his relatives who prevented the incident from happening.”I may never have become a cricketer and this book would certainly not have been written, if an eagle-eyed relation, Narayan Masurekar, had not come into my life the day I was born.””It seems that Nan-Kaka (as I called him), who had come to see me in hospital on my first day in this world, noticed a little hole near the top of my left earlobe.””The next day he came again and picked up the baby lying on the crib next to my mother. To his utter horror, he discovered that the baby did not have the hole on the left earlobe. A frantic search of all the cribs in the hospital followed, and I was eventually located sleeping blissfully beside a fisherwoman, totally oblivious of the commotion I had caused! The mix-up, it appears, followed after the babies had been given their baths,” Gavaskar wrote.advertisementIt is funny how fate plays a role! As we all know, Gavaskar went on to become one of the legends of cricket.Gavaskar has scored a total 10,122 runs in Test cricket and 3092 runs in One-Day Internationals.One of the finest openers of all time.The first man to pass 10,000 Test runs.A stunning 34 Test centuries.Happy birthday to one of India’s true legends, Sunil Gavaskar! pic.twitter.com/hAaKsW3A42ICC (@ICC) July 10, 2018Even though he is now among the 13 players who have scored over 10,000 Test runs, he was the first batsman to reach the milestone, setting an example for one and all.Gavaskar was known for his patient batting and held his own and scored 34 Test centuries while facing fierce bowlers like Imran Khan, Sarfraz Nawaz, Joel Garner and Malcolm Marshall.One of the truest legends of Indian cricket and standing at a mere 1.65m, Sunil Gavaskar is the original ‘Little Master’ of India.