Sunil Gavaskar becomes first Indian to ‘Carry the Bat’

On 8th January 1983, Sunil Gavaskar scored an unbeaten 127 against Pakistan in Faisalabad, in the process becoming the first Indian to ‘Carry the Bat’ in Tests.

Pakistan had posted a stiff lead of 280 runs at the end of their first innings, powered by their four centurions, Javed Miandad (126), Zaheer Abbas (168), Salim Malik (107) and captain Imran Khan (117). Things looked bleak for India since the beginning, as wickets of Arun Lal and Dilip Vengsarkar fell in quick succession with only 28 runs on the board.

Sunil Gavaskar

Gavaskar was finally able to forge a partnership with Mohinder Amarnath, as the pair added 145 runs for the fourth wicket, by far the highest in the innings. After the latter’s dismissal (78), the batting order collapsed, with Imran Khan and Sarfraz Nawaz doing the bulk of the damage. Gavaskar watched the drama unfold at the other end, as India were bowled out for 286. The Indian captain remained unbeaten on 127, a 262-ball innings which included 19 fours. The 7-run target was achieved in two overs as Pakistan won the game by 10 wickets and went 2-0 ahead in the series.

(Akhil Nair is the sub-editor at The Ring Side View. You can follow him on Facebook Here & Tweets @akhiln)

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