This day last year: Sunil Gavaskar’s epic last innings


March 13 marks the day on which Sunil Gavaskar played his last ever Test match for India against Pakistan at the Chinnaswamy Stadium in Bangalore. It was an epic innings by Gavaskar in his final innings, let’s take a look back in time and see what happened.

In the early summer of 1987, the ‘Little Master’ played his last test in the iconic M. Chinnaswamy Stadium in Bengaluru. India was hosting Pakistan in the last of the 5 match series, all the previous matches had ended in a draw and both the teams were now looking for one last opportunity to come out on top.

The fifth test was also noteworthy because it was the only test in the series to see 40 wickets fall and produce a clear winner. India lost the match by the narrowest of margins, despite a great effort by Gavaskar.

Pakistan won the toss and elected to bat first. They were quickly dismissed for 116. Maninder Singh picked up 7 wickets for India. In reply, India endured a late batting collapse and was dismissed for 145.

The visitors played cautiously in the second innings and scored 249, handing India a target of 221. Gavaskar scored 96 runs from 264 balls. But despite this effort India ended up losing the match by 16 runs, leading to a Pakistani series win.

Even though India lost the match, Sunny’s gritty knock was lauded by everyone, his patient knock showcased his endurance as an opening batsman, he then retired from Test Cricket as a legend of Indian cricket.

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