Sunil Gavaskar is widely regarded as one of the greatest batsmen to have played for India in Test cricket. He was known for his impeccable technique, patience, and ability to play long innings. Here’s a brief look at his Test career: Gavaskar played 125 Tests for India between 1971 and 1987, scoring 10,122 runs at an average of 51.12, including 34 centuries and 45 half-centuries. He made his Test debut against the West Indies in 1971 and scored a century in his very first innings, becoming the first Indian batsman to do so. Gavaskar played several memorable innings during his Test career, including his famous 221 against England in the 1979 Oval Test, which helped India save the match. Gavaskar also holds the record for the most Test runs scored by an Indian batsman, and was the first batsman to reach 10,000 runs in Test cricket. In addition to his exploits with the bat, Gavaskar was also an excellent fielder, particularly in the slip cordon. After retiring from international cricket, Gavaskar went on to become a respected cricket commentator and analyst. Here are his top 10 performances in Test cricket, listed in chronological order: 116 vs. West Indies, Port of Spain, 1971: The fourth Test of India’s tour of the West Indies in 1971, which was played at the Queen’s Park Oval in Port of Spain, Trinidad. In that match, Sunil Gavaskar scored his maiden Test century, an innings of 116 in the second innings of the match. 124* vs. West Indies, Bridgetown, 1971: In the same series, Gavaskar played a match-saving innings of 124 not out in the fourth innings of the match. In the second innings, the West Indies declared their innings at 271/9, setting India a target of 581 to win the match. Gavaskar opened the batting for India, and batted with great determination and skill to score an unbeaten 124 off 223 balls, with 15 fours. 220 vs. England, The Oval, 1979: Gavaskar’s magnificent double century helped India save the match and drew the series 0-0. Gavaskar’s innings of 221 at The Oval was his highest score in Test cricket at the time, and helped him establish himself as one of the greatest Test batsmen of all time. The innings is also remembered as one of the greatest innings played by an Indian batsman overseas, and remains a legendary moment in Indian cricket history. 166 vs. Australia, Melbourne, 1981: Gavaskar’s innings of 166 came off 347 balls and included 12 fours. He batted for over 7 hours and anchored the Indian innings, helping them post a total of 237 in their first innings. Gavaskar’s innings of 166 at the MCG was highly regarded, as it showcased his ability to bat long periods of time against a high-quality bowling attack. The innings also helped Gavaskar become the first batsman to score 10,000 runs in Test cricket, a feat he achieved in his next innings in the following Test match. 236* vs. West Indies, Chennai, 1983: Gavaskar’s highest Test score came against a strong West Indies team that had never lost a Test series in India before. Gavaskar batted for over 11 hours and faced 380 deliveries, and his innings helped India secure a famous draw in the match. 96 vs. Pakistan, Karachi, 1983: Gavaskar’s innings helped India win a Test match in Pakistan for the first time. Although Gavaskar did not score a century in the match, his innings of 96 was crucial in setting up India’s first innings total and played a significant role in India’s eventual victory in the match. 121 vs. Pakistan, Bangalore, 1987: Gavaskar batted with great skill and determination, and scored 121 runs off 274 balls, with 14 fours. His innings was a masterclass in Test match batting, and he played some sublime strokes against the Pakistani bowlers. 90 vs. England, Lord’s, 1986: Gavaskar’s innings was crucial in India’s historic victory at Lord’s, their first win at the venue. Gavaskar’s innings of 90 came off 184 balls and included 13 fours. His partnership with Srikkanth set the platform for India to post a competitive total of 294 in their first innings, with Dilip Vengsarkar top-scoring with 126. 172 vs. England, Chennai, 1984: Gavaskar’s innings helped India win the match and level the series. Gavaskar batted with great skill and control, and played some glorious shots all around the ground. He scored 172 runs off 472 balls, with 18 fours, and batted for over 11 hours in the innings. His knock helped India post a massive total of 512 in their first innings. 96 vs. Australia, Sydney, 1986: In a difficult run-chase, Gavaskar’s knock was a masterclass in Test match batting, but India ultimately fell short by only 59 runs. India had a poor start in their second innings, losing their top three batsmen with just 27 runs on the board. Gavaskar then came to the crease and played a brilliant innings, adding 129 runs for the fourth wicket with Dilip Vengsarkar. Overall, Gavaskar’s contribution to Indian cricket is immeasurable, and his performances in Test cricket continue to inspire generations of Indian cricketers.