The entire cricket fraternity on Friday took to social media to wish 'Little Master' Sunil Gavaskar on his 71st birthday. Gavaskar, who is regarded as one of the finest batsmen ever to play the sport, held numerous records and the fact that he was also a World Cup winner, puts him in elite company.
Cricket icon Sachin Tendulkar referred to Gavaskar as his idol and wrote on Twitter: "I got to meet my idol Gavaskar sir for the first time in 1987. As a 13 year old I couldn't believe my luck that I was meeting the person I looked up to and wanted to emulate. What a day that was. Wishing you a very happy 71st Birthday sir. Have a healthy and safe year ahead."
I got to meet my idol Gavaskar Sir for the first time in 1987.As a 13 year old, I couldn’t believe my luck that I was meeting the person I looked up to & wanted to emulate. What a day that was.😍Wishing you a very happy 71st birthday Sir. Have a healthy & safe year ahead. pic.twitter.com/u06c37ouDh— Sachin Tendulkar (@sachin_rt) July 10, 2020
Current Team India Test vice-captain Ajinkya Rahane Tweeted: "Wishing a very happy birthday to Sunil Gavaskar sir. Wish him loads of happiness!"
Wishing a very happy birthday to Sunil Gavaskar Sir. Wish him loads of happiness!— Ajinkya Rahane (@ajinkyarahane88) July 10, 2020
Former India cricketer-turned-commentator Sanjay Manjrekar wrote on Twitter: "Why did I want to be a batsman and play for India? Answer: Sunil Gavaskar. Happy Birthday sir!"
Why did I want to be batsman & play for India? Answer : Sunil Gavaskar. Happy Birthday sir! 🙏🙏🙏— Sanjay Manjrekar (@sanjaymanjrekar) July 10, 2020
Former India speedster and member of India's 1983 World Cup winning team Madan Lal also wished Gavaskar on Twitter and wrote: "Happy Birthday to one of the best opening batsmen the world has ever seen! Sunny bhai wishing you the best of health and happiness. Have a wonderful day! #SunilGavaskar.
Happy Birthday to one the best opening batsmen the world has ever seen! Sunny bhai wishing you the best of health & happiness!! Have a wonderful day! #SunilGavaskar pic.twitter.com/d5FbWEZBXE— Madan Lal (@MadanLal1983) July 10, 2020
ICC highlighted Gavaskar's greatest achievements as they wrote on their Twitter handle: "First batsmen to score 10,000 Test runs. First batsmen to score centuries in both innings of a Test thrice. Held the record for most number of Test tons till 2005. First India fielder to claim 100 Test catches. Happy Birthday to the legendary cricketer Sunil Gavaskar."