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Name: Sunil Gavaskar                                                                   
Born: 10 July 1949                                                                     
Sunil Manohar Gavaskar (born July 10, 1949 in Mumbai, Maharashtra),                   
nicknamed Sunny, was a cricket player                                                 
during the 1970s and 1980s for Bombay and India. Widely regarded as one of the         
greatest opening batsmen in the Indian Test history, Gavaskar set world records       
during his career for the most runs and most centuries scored by any batsman. He       
held the record of 34 Test centuries for almost two decades before it was broken       
by Sachin Tendulkar in December 2005. He was widely admired for his technique         
against fast bowling, with a particularly high average of 65.45 against the West       
Indies, who possessed a four-pronged fast bowling attack regarded as the most         
vicious in Test history. His captaincy of the Indian team, however, was less           
successful. The team at one stage went 31 Test matches without a victory. There       
were incidents like crowd displeasure at Eden Gardens in Calcutta leading to           
multiple matches being disrupted, in response to the poor performance of the           
Indian team. Turbulent performances of the team lead to multiple exchanges of         
captaincy between Gavaskar and Kapil Dev, with one of Gavaskar's sackings coming       
just six months before Kapil led India to victory at the 1983 Cricket World Cup.