On Saturday, July 23, an Indian batting legend named Sunil Gavaskar will have a cricket ground in Leicester named after him. The winner of the World Cup in 1983 would also be the first Indian to have a field in England named after him.
Gavaskar was the face and name of the Indian team and batting in the 1970s and 1980s. He was known for facing the deadly fast bowlers of the time without a helmet and playing with courage. He used to bat while wearing a hat against the “Four Horsemen” of the West Indies team, who were Michael Holding, Andy Roberts, Malcolm Marshall, and Joel Garner.
Sunil Gavaskar talks about the decision
“I’m happy and proud that a field in Leicester is going to be named for me. Leicester is a city with a lot of people who love the game, especially Indian cricket,” Gavaskar told The Times of India that it was a huge honour.
The report also says, “The idea came from MP Keith Vaz, who is from India and has been representing Leicester in the UK parliament for over 30 years.”
Bharat Sports and Cricket Club, which owns the five-acre field, has already painted a huge portrait of the 73-year-old on one of the pavilion walls.
In his 16-year career, from 1971 to 1987, Sunil Manohar Gavaskar scored 13,214 runs on the international stage. This included 35 centuries. The Mumbai cricketer was the first player in cricket history to reach 10,000 Test runs. On March 7, 1987, at Ahmedabad, he did this against their biggest rivals, Pakistan. The legendary batter said goodbye to the game in his hometown of Mumbai after India’s title defense was cut short by eventual runners-up England in the 1987 World Cup semifinal.
Sunil Gavaskar tried his hand at many different things after he retired from cricket. He worked as a cricket administrator and a cricket broadcaster, and he also wrote a few books, including Sunny Days: An Autobiography, Idols, Runs ‘n’ Ruins, and One Day Wonders.