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10 Little known things about "The Little Master" Sunil Gavaskar

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Sunil Gavaskar was all about fearless batting. He taught Indians how to pull and hook the fearsome fast bowlers during the time when there were no helmets. Gavaskar, on his day, would play out the dangerous bowling attacks with ease. His playing style had everything an orthodox cricket lover would want. The balance, technique, attitude, enormous amount of concentration and excellent judgmental skills made him an efficient run-scorer. Often called as "The Little Master", he was a run machine who broke and re-wrote many batting records which were sort of unachievable during his playing days.

Let's take a look at 10 Little known things about "The Little Master" Sunil Gavaskar:

1. Born on 10th July 1949 in Mumbai, Sunil had a tragic incident associated with his birth. When he was born the nurse in the hospital mistakenly swapped him on the bed where they were several children and than nurse took a wrong child and slept the child behind Gavaskar Mother. But his Uncle finally found him where he had slept behind a Fisher Women who have just given a birth to a child. Thanks for his Uncle who noticed him and given a great cricketer for India otherwise may be he would have been a Fishermen.

2. Sunil Gavaskar fascinated to become a Wrestler during his childhood as he was a huge fan of Wrestler Maruthi Vadar but somehow opted for cricket.

3. Sunil was the not the only one from his family to represent Indian cricket team. His maternal uncle Madhav Mantri played four Tests for India. Gavaskar’s only son, Rohan Gavaskar, represented India in 11 One-Day Internationals. GR Viswanath, the former India batsman, was Gavaskar’s brother in law. Along with this, His sister Nutan, played for the first women’s club “Albees Cricket Club” in Mumbai.

4. He was a huge fan of West Indian cricketer Rohan Kanhai and so he named his only child Rohan Gavaskar after him.

5. Gavaskar played a lead role in a Marathi movie – Savli Premachi. Apart from Savli Premachi, He also did a cameo in Hindi actor Naseeruddin Shah’s film Malaamaal in 1988.

6. He scored 10122 runs in test cricket at an average of 51.12 with 34 centuries and 45 half centuries. He also scored 3092 ODI runs at an average of 35.13 with 1 century and 27 half centuries.

7. Gavaskar is the only batsman in the world cricket to score Double Hundred in the 1st, 2nd,3rd and 4th innings of Test Matches. He was the first Indian player to take 100 catches in test matches.

8. He is the one and only cricketer in the world to hit Centuries 3 consecutive innings twice and also the First cricketer to score 10000 Runs.

9. Gavaskar was appointed the Sheriff of Mumbai in 1994 for a year.

10. In 1975, he was appreciated with the Arjuna Award for cricket. In 1980, he was awarded the Padma Bhushan. In 2012, Sunil Gavaskar was honoured with Col C.K. Nayudu Lifetime Achievement Award.

posted Aug 10, 2017 by Shyam Chakraborty

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Bhuvneshwar Kumar, born February 5, 1990, has been the leader of India's pace assault since his debut in 2012. Outfitted with gigantic development both noticeable all around and off the pitch, Bhuvneshwar has the ability to trouble the best of batsmen.

Let’s take a look at 10 Interesting and unknown facts about 'India’s Master of Swing' Bhuvneshwar Kumar :

1. Getting God first ball

Bhuvneshwar Kumar declared himself as one for the future from the get-go in his First-Class profession. At 19 years old, he rejected Sachin Tendulkar for a duck — the first time through Tendulkar (who is alluded as the God by fans) was out without scoring in Ranji Trophy.

2. “Early” success

Bhuvneshwar was missing the goal immediately in both T20Is and ODIs. He dismissed Nasir Jamshed in his first over on T20I make a big appearance, and improved in ODIs, getting Mohammad Hafeez out off his first ball.

3. Economical best

While there is no questioning Bhuvneshwar's capacity as a wicket-taker, his magnificent economy rate is now and then passed up a great opportunity for. Notwithstanding when Bhuvneshwar isn't taking wickets, he holds the keeps running down. Three of India's five most prudent spells in T20Is have originated from Bhuvneshwar. He is additionally one of the few Indian bowlers whose economy rate is under seven in T20Is, and under five in ODIs.

4. Bowled over!

Bhuvneshwar appreciates a standout amongst the most one of a kind knocking down some pins records the amusement has seen. His first wicket in each format stopped by getting the batsman bowled. He expelled Nasir Jamshed (T20Is), Mohammad Hafeez (ODIs), and David Warner (Tests) in this form.

5. Match-winner with the bat

While Bhuvneshwar's bowling deeds are abundant, he likewise has extensive ability with the bat. He has a First-Class century, which came in the most astounding design; in the second semi-final between Central Zone and North Zone at Hyderabad. Central were 219 for six in answer to North's 451 when Bhuvneshwar came into bat. They were soon 293 for eight, and after that 342 for nine preceding Bhuvneshwar engineered a late battle back. He scored a 253-ball 128 to lead Central to 469, as the side took the significant first-innings lead.

6. Makings of an all-rounder

As noted above, Bhuvneshwar has some ability with the bat. He demonstrated his guarantee from the get-go in his Test profession too. With India 406 for eight in answer to Australia's 380, Bhuvneshwar — on Test make a big appearance — exited to join captain MS Dhoni. The couple put on a match-winning 140-run remain, as Dhoni went ahead to finish a gigantic twofold hundred. Bhuvneshwar scored a vital 38 off 97 balls all the while.

7. The “player”

While cricket remains his first love, Bhuvneshwar has said that his most loved side interest is playing games on his PS3 and his iPad.

8. Not the first of his kind

Bhuvneshwar is not the first Kumar who hails from Meerut, swings the ball both ways, has taken a fifer a Lord's, and is a helpful batsman down the request! Be that as it may, his similarity with Praveen Kumar — no connection — closes there. While Praveen has been known to have a blazing temper and a demeanor issue, Bhuvneshwar is calm, mild-mannered, and shy.

9. Gayle’s bane

As said before, Bhuvneshwar has a propensity of working over batsmen. One man who has dependably battled against him is West Indian juggernaut Chris Gayle. Bhuvneshwar has dismissed Gayle four times in seven international matches across formats.

10. Army Dreams

As a youngster, Bhuvneshwar dreamt for being in the armed force before his energy for cricket made him pick the amusement. He would have made an excellent officer; his discipline is there for all to see!


Ever since he won the bronze medal at the 2008 Beijing Olympics, boxer Vijender Singh has well and truly turned into the face of Indian boxing. However, he has not sat on his laurels and has performed brilliantly almost at every other boxing tournament in which he has had the privilege of representing the country.

Let's take a look at 10 lesser known things about "India’s Star Boxing Champion" Vijender Singh:

1. The first sport Vijender tried was gymnastics. He was about ten years old, and was fascinated by the athleticism of gymnasts at the Sports Authority of India training centre in Bhiwani, near his village. The fascination lasted for a week or so—Vijender could not do the handstand, the most basic exercise in gymnastics, and left in frustration.

2. In 2008, after he won his quarter-final fight at the Beijing Olympics and was assured of a bronze medal, Vijender celebrated by doing a photoshoot with his friend and Beijing roommate, the Jharkhand boxer Anthresh Lakra. Lakra was interested in photography and had carried a lot of photographic equipment to Beijing.

3. Vijender has recently picked up a new hobby: cooking. He spends his weekends cooking for his wife. He loves making meat dishes, but his wife is vegetarian.

4. When they were very young, Vijender and his brother Manoj, who was also a boxer, made a punching bag at home with a canvas bag filled with sand, soil, and discarded wood chips that they had collected from a furniture shop.

5. Vijender’s late grandfather Dariyaj Singh, a subedar in the army, introduced him to boxing. Dariyaj brought a pair of boxing gloves home for Vijender when he was seven years old. He gave one glove to Vijender, and one to a cousin of Vijender’s and taught them some basics. Since the two boys were only allowed to throw punches with the gloved hand, and both were right handed, they would fight about who gets to wear the right-hand glove.

6. Vijender met his wife Archana while applying for a visa to go to a tournament in Germany. Archana, a software engineer, was working in an IT company and had also come to apply for a visa. They started talking. Vijender’s first question to her was, “Where are you going?” “I still laugh when I think about how stupid that was,” he says. “Obviously, she was going to Germany.”

7. Badou Jack, a Swedish/Gambian boxer who was beaten in the first round of the 2008 Beijing Olympics by Vijender, is now the World Boxing Council (WBC) Super Middleweight world champion. Vijender hopes to challenge him one day for the title.

8. Vijender’s favourite way to pass time is to go on long, aimless walks. He says that sometimes he can keep walking for as long as three hours. He also likes to explore new food and new restaurants on his walk.

9. Vijender may get to fight a revenge match against the British boxer Anthony Ogogo, who has won all 10 of his fights since turning pro in 2013. Ogogo had beaten Vijender controversially in a semi-final match at the 2010 Commonwealth Games in New Delhi. Vijender was the world No.1 then, and was leading 3-0 in the final round when the referee penalized him twice. Ogogo won the match 4-3 without landing a single scoring punch, and then incited booing, partisan crowd.

10. Vijender decided to turn pro while watching the build-up to the Floyd Mayweather Jr – Manny Pacquiao fight – billed as the ‘fight of the century’ on 2 May, 2015. He had considered turning pro after winning his Olympic medal in 2008, but did not because he hoped to win another medal in 2012.


1. Height:- Ishant is one of the tallest Indian cricketers. He is a 1.93 m (6 ft 4 in) tall right-arm fast-medium bowler.


2. The Test debut:- He was first selected in May 2007 after an injury to Munaf Patel when India toured Bangladesh and made his Test debut in that same series.


3. A costly buy:- During the Indian Premier League (IPL) 2008 auction, Ishant was picked by the Kolkata Knight Riders for USD 950,000. He only picked up seven wickets in the tournament, which meant that each wicket cost USD 135,714.30.


4. Nickname:- Ishant, who hails from Delhi, is nicknamed Lambu (meaning Tall Guy), which is in reference to his lean and tall build.


5. Sehwag’s Trust:- While the spell Ishant bowled to Ponting is now part of folklore, most people don’t know that it was Virender Sehwag who prompted Captain Anil Kumble to give Ishant another over. Sehwag said that Ishant had always bowled long spells for Delhi, so he should be given another over to bowl against Ponting. Kumble agreed, and in the very next over, Ishant got the wicket of Ricky Ponting, making him a star overnight.


6. A memorable partnership:- In partnership with VVS Laxman, Ishant holds the record for the highest stand for the ninth wicket in a successful run-chase in Test cricket. Chasing 216 to win, India were reduced to 124 for eight when Ishant joined Laxman they scripted a fabulous fight back.


7. The Hero:- Sharma’s 10 wickets in the 2013 Champions Trophy in England was one of the highlights of his ODI career.


8. Ishant’s fastest delivery:- During the tour to Australia in 2011-12, he clocked 152.2 kph during the Boxing Day Test at Melbourne which is the fastest delivery he has bowled in his international career till date.


9. The CB series 2008:- In India’s landmark victory in Australia in the 2008 Commonwealth Bank Series Tri-series, Ishant was India’s leading wicket-taker with 14 scalps.


10. Not the worst batsman:- Ishant puts a high price on his wicket and can bat with a lot of grit. For men who have batted at No 11 in more than 30 Test innings, Ishant has the average at 8.73.


When one talks about India’s greatest match winners in the past 2-3 decades, the first name which pops up is perhaps Sachin Tendulkar. But unanimously, Anil Kumble comes a close second, ahead of even the likes of VVS Laxman and Rahul Dravid. Ignoring the stats, it is his ability to get crucial breakthroughs when things seem bleak was one of the most revered qualities of Anil Kumble.

Steaming in like a medium pacer, Kumble was not the greatest turner of the ball. But even the most subtle of variations is enough to make a difference, and that differentiated him from two other giant spinners of international bowling during his time- Shane Warne and Muttiah Muralitharan.

Let's take a look at 10 Interesting and unknown facts about "The Jumbo" Anil Kumble:

1. Anil Kumble was born to K N Krishna Swamy and Saroja and is married to Chethana Ramatheertha. He married Chethana after her divorce and has a son Mayas and two daughters Aaruni and Svasti from Chethana’s previous marriage.

2. Kumble went to Holy Saint English School and completed his schooling from National High School in Bangalore. He didn’t let cricket disrupt his graduation and completed a degree in Mechanical Engineering from Rashtreeya Vidyalaya College of Engineering.

3. All Kumble wanted to do in his childhood was to play cricket. ‘Jumbo’ joined Young Cricketers club at a tender age of 13.

4. The achievement of taking 10 wickets in an innings was commemorated by naming a traffic circle in Bangalore after him.

5. He was named Jumbo by his teammates not just because he was a tough bowler to face but also because his feet are quite big.

6. Kumble held the record of taking his first 50 wickets in only 10 matches, which was later broken by Ravichandran Ashwin who performed the feat in 9 matches.

7. Kumble as a batsman proved that he was a match winner for India by adding 52 runs for the ninth wicket and helping the team chase the target of 216 runs in the 'Titan Cup' against Australia, along with Javagal Srinath in October 1996.

8. The 45-year-old is the 3rd highest wicket taker in the history of Test cricket after Shane Watson and Muttiah Muralitharan. He is the 2nd Indian bowler to capture 400 Test wickets after Kapil Dev.

9. Kumble was bestowed with the prestigious Arjuna Award in 1995. He was one of the Wisden Cricketers of the year in the year 1996. The Government of India presented ‘Jumbo’ with the Padma Shri in 2005.

10. He is only the 2nd bowler after England‘s Jim Laker to scalp all 10 wickets in a test innings. The 10 for 74 against Pakistan at the Feroze Shah Kotla in 1998 is hailed as the second best “Bowling performance of all time” by Wisden.


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Let's take a look at 10 Interesting and unknown facts about 'The Emerging Star' Hardik Pandya:

1. Birth

Hardik Pandya was conceived on eleventh October 1993 in Choryasi, Surat, Gujarat.

2. Growing years

Hardik Pandya's developing years were difficult and he experienced childhood in hardship. Krunal, his sibling and Hardik would regularly spend the whole day exclusively on one dinner.

3. Passionate father

His dad Himanshu was an impassioned significant other of the diversion. He was drawn towards cricket in light of his dad who took him to watch coordinates in Vadodara.

4. The start of it

Subsequent to seeing the enthusiasm for the diversion, Hardik Pandya alongside his senior sibling Krunal Pandya were enlisted in the Kiran More International Academy at 5 years old and 7 individually.

5. Struggles in life

His dad needed to leave his place of employment in the wake of agony from heart assault thrice. Life ended up plainly harder for him after the sole provider of the family was bound to bed rest.

6. Education

Hardik Pandya fizzled ninth class and quit instruction to concentrate on his cricketing dreams.

7. Jack of all trades

Hardik Pandya is an all-rounder. His mentors recognize him as an ingenious player who is neither an ordinary batsman nor a sublimely gifted bowler. Be that as it may, he gives an affirmation that he can passage well in both viewpoints and create coordinate wining exhibitions which he has demonstrated in his past trips.

8. Nickname

Hardik Pandya has an exceptionally cool epithet in the Mumbai Indians changing areas. He is called "Rockstar" by his colleagues.

9. A leg spinner

Hardik Pandya was leg spinner before one day all of a sudden he changed to crease knocking down some pins. Once at the Kiran More International Academy, the group was one quick bowler short before a neighborhood coordinate. Kiran more requesting that he assume the liability. He promptly acknowledged the assignment and overwhelmed everybody by grabbing seven wickets in that match. This is the means by which he turned into a medium pacer.

10. Entry in the big league

Pandya was spotted by then Mumbai Indians mentor John Wright in a West Zone match of the Syed Mushtaq Ali Trophy. Every last prominent individual from Mumbai Indians was awed by him amid the determination trials. Head mentor Ricky Ponting short-recorded Hardik in the wake of experiencing the recording of more than 50 short-recorded cricketers in front of the IPL 8 player sell off in February. He was in this way purchased by the establishment at base cost of 10 lakhs.

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