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March 7, 1987: Gavaskar reaches milestone

Indian cricketer became the first batsman to score 10,000 Test runs as the fourth Test against Pakistan headed for a draw

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Indian Cricketer, Sunil Gavaskar
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Indian cricketer Sunil Gavaskar set yet another cricketing record when he became the first batsman to score 10,000 Test runs as the fourth Test against Pakistan headed for a draw in Ahmadabad. India, replying to Pakistan’s first innings total of 395, were 165 for three at the close on the third day thanks to a sterling 63 from Gavaskar and 62 not out by Dilip Vengsarkar. The ‘Little Master’ reached the five-figure landmark shortly after tea having rescued India from the sticky position of 46 for two. Gavaskar, needing one run for his 10,000, cut Ejaz Fakih for two, triggering a pitch invasion and a lengthy standing ovation. The emotion of the moment appeared to affect the opener as four runs later he was leg before to Imran Khan. He said later he was sorry to have missed his 35th Test century — he already holds the record — but added: “This is a very, very proud moment for me to have achieved this grand distinction.”

 

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