Sachin Tendulkar, Ajinkya Rahane lead cricket fraternity to wish Sunil Gavaskar on his 71st birthday

Sachin Tendulkar, Ajinkya Rahane lead cricket fraternity to wish Sunil Gavaskar on his 71st birthday
Sunil Gavaskar, Sachin Tendulkar (Image Source: @Sachin_rt)

Wishes poured in from all around the world as India’s legendary batsman Sunil Gavaskar turned 71 on Friday (July 10). One of the all-time greats played a total of 125 Test matches for the national team. Gavaskar was the first man to score 10,000 runs and 30 centuries in the red-ball format.


The entire cricket fraternity on Friday took to Twitter to wish the ‘Little Master’. Cricket icon Sachin Tendulkar started the proceedings and referred Gavaskar as his idol. Tendulkar also recalled the time when he first met Gavaskar.

“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,” tweeted Tendulkar.


Current Team India Test vice-captain Ajinkya Rahane wrote a heart-warming message and wished the former Indian cricketer.


“Wishing a very happy birthday to Sunil Gavaskar sir. Wish him loads of happiness!” Rahane wrote on Twitter.

Cricketer-turned-commentator Sanjay Manjrekar revealed the reason behind his desire to play cricket. He termed Gavaskar as the reason to take this captivating game as a profession.

Veteran Indian cricketer VVS Laxman expressed his gratitude to Gavaskar for inspiring him over the years.

Former international and member of India’s iconic 1983 World Cup-winning team Madan Lal also wished Gavaskar. He rated the Mumbaikar as one of the best opening batsmen in the world.

Mohammad Kaif uploaded an adorable video in which he can be seen enjoying a swimming session with Gavaskar.

Here are some other wishes from the cricket fraternity:

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