December 28, 1983: Sunil Gavaskar creates history, overtakes Don Bradman’s record for 29 Test hundredsOn November 18, 2019 by admin
December 28 marks the 34th anniversary of Sunil Gavaskar’s 30th Test century. On December 28 in 1983, Gavaskar struck his 30th hundred in Test cricket to become a record holder for most centuries by surpassing arguably the greatest batsman of all time, Sir Don Bradman.Gavaskar’s historic century came against the West Indies in Chennai during the sixth Test of the series. The match, played between December 24-29, ended in a draw but will always be remembered for Gavaskar’s heroics.Gavaskar scored an unbeaten 236 off 425 balls with Ravi Shastri and Syed Kirmani also scoring useful fifties as India declared their first innings at 451/8 after West Indies were bowled out for 313. In the second innings, West Indies were 64/1 when the match ended in a draw.Even though West Indies pocketed the six-match series 3-0, Gavaskar ended as the leading run-scorer with 505 runs with the best of 236 not out. Gavaskar also hit a couple of centuries and a fifty during the long series.It was a special series for the Little Master as both his centuries etched Gavaskar’s name into the record books.In the first match of the series in New Delhi, the former captain scored his 29th Test hundred to equal Bradman’s record of most centuries in Test cricket. The match, played between October 29 to November 3, ended in a draw but will always be remembered for Gavaskar’s heroics. Another player who stood out in the match was Dilip Vengsarkar, who struck a brilliant 159.India captain Kapil Dev was named joint man of the series with Malcolm Marshall.advertisementNearly four decades later, several batsmen have overtaken both Gavaskar and Bradman.Tendulkar is on top of the list for century-scorers in Tests with 51. Jacques Kallis has 45, Ricky Ponting made 41 while Kumar Sangakkara and Rahul Dravid finished with 38 and 36 Test hundreds respectively.Brian Lara, Mahela Jayawardene Younis Khan hav the same number of Test hundreds as Gavaskar.Sometime in the near future, the likes of Steve Smith, David Warner and Virat Kohli would have left Bradman behind.In fact, South Africa’s Hashim Amla will have the chance to draw level with Bradman and then overtake him during the Test series against India starting from January 5.However, the legacy of Gavaskar and Bradman will live on forever. One braved it out against the fiercest fast bowlers in history while the other left the cricket world in awe of his consistency, finishing with an average of 99.94.