In that era there were stormy bowlers like Andy Roberts, Michael Holding, Malcolm Marshall, Richard Hadlee, Dennis Lillee. Good batsmen could not stand in front of his bowling. Despite this, Gavaskar faced these bowlers without a helmet.
Former Indian cricket team captain Sunil Gavaskar is celebrating his birthday today. Born on July 10, 1949 in Mumbai, Gavaskar made his international debut at the age of 22. Gavaskar was the first batsman to complete 10,000 runs in international cricket. At the same time, he scored 34 centuries in his career, breaking the record of 29 centuries of the great Australian batsman Sir Don Bradman. There are many such records of Gavaskar, which till date no player has been able to break.
Gavaskar never used to wear a helmet
Gavaskar never wore a helmet in his entire cricket career. In that era there were stormy bowlers like Andy Roberts, Michael Holding, Malcolm Marshall, Richard Hadlee, Dennis Lillee. Good batsmen could not stand in front of his bowling. Despite this, Gavaskar faced these bowlers without a helmet.
When death passed by touching
Once Malcolm Marshall’s ball hit Sunil Gavaskar on the head. After this incident, Gavaskar wore skull cap for some time but later he stopped wearing it too. Marshall’s ball was so fast that it could have killed Gavaskar. However, even after being hit by the ball, Gavaskar did not even blink and he also scored a century. Recalling that incident, Ravi Shastri had told that the ball hit Gavaskar’s forehead and went 15 feet away. Seeing this incident, the Indian dressing room was shaken, but Gavaskar did not even blink. He stood as before.
Did not wear helmet because of this
Sunil Gavaskar had given the reason for not wearing his helmet during an interview. He had said that ‘To be honest, I never felt that I should wear a helmet. At the same time, he said in a joking manner that ‘I had nothing in my mind, so what would I wear a helmet to protect.’ Former Pakistan captain Imran and Gavaskar had a good friendship. Both made their Test debuts together. In an interview, Gavaskar had told that Imran had advised him to wear a helmet several times, but Gavaskar did not listen to him.