Indian cricketer who in 1983, at the age of thirty-four, scored his thirtieth test hundred to beat Sir Donald Bradman's world record.
Educated at St Xavier's High School and Bombay University, he made his mark as an outstanding schoolboy and university player – he once scored 327 in his last year at university. As a twenty-year-old he made his test debut in the West Indies; although he missed the first test through injury he still ended with an aggregate of 774 runs for the series. Gavaskar returned to India a national hero and went on to make several centuries against England, Australia, New Zealand, and Pakistan. He captained India in 1978–82 and 1984–85. In 1980 he had one season of county cricket with Somerset and was happiest in the three-day matches. Although of small stature, Gavaskar did not wear a protective helmet – rare among modern players. In 1987 he became the first batsman to score 10 000 runs in Test cricket, retiring later that year. Outside his playing career, he has worked as a business executive and is the author of widely read cricketing books.
Subjects: Contemporary History (Post 1945).