God of Cricket pays tribute to his forever hero. Tendulkar pays tribute on Gavaskar’s 50th anniversary of India debut. The legendary cricketer Sunil Gavaskar celebrates his anniversary of his international cricket debut on Saturday.

The tale began in the year 1971, on 6th of March, when Gavaskar took the field in an India jersey for the first time to take on a historic tour of the West Indies. The right-handed opener hit a score of 774 runs in that series, making Ajit Wadekar’s men win a series which was doubtful.

Sachin on this occasion wrote a social media post for Gavaskar which reads “Fifty years ago, on this day he took the cricketing world by a storm”. He further expressed in his post by saying, “He had scored 774 runs in his debut series and each one of us growing up had a hero to look up to. India won the series in the West Indies and then in England and all of a sudden, the sport in India had a new meaning.

As a young boy, I knew I had someone to look up to and try and be like him. That has never changed”

Sunil Gavaskar, on this occasion, said that he himself can’t believe as to how 50 years have gone past, wherein it still feels like yesterday.

Gavaskar also appreciated that he liked that every school kid dreamt of playing for India and also, he was one of them, a dreamer. His score of 774 runs in his debut series has stood the test of time and he also shared that on Day 1 of his Test debut, the feelings that he felt were beyond amazing.

While talking to Star Sports, Gavaskar said “I can’t still believe 50 years have gone past. It almost feels like yesterday. Every school kid’s dream is to play for India. That was my dream as well.”

He further added “I was given the India cap along with the blazer as well as the sweaters before the start of the tour. I had kept that cap in my kit bag, I was determined not to use it till I actually played for India. To put it on Day 1 was just an amazing, amazing feeling.”

Here’s a look at how the Indian cricket community marked the occasion: