Cricket has evolved a lot over the years. While the deadly pace bowlers used to rule earlier, it has become more of a batsman’s game now. But we must not forget those players who used to bat with ease and score freely in the previous as well. And one of them is none other than the legendary Indian player Sunil Gavaskar. He became the first-ever batsman to score 10,000 runs in the longer format of the game.
However, the feat didn’t come easily as he has achieved the milestone in a difficult situation. On the other hand, former Pakistan cricketer Inzamam-ul-Haq praised Sunil Gavaskar for his milestone and said that even in today’s game, there are very few players who have achieved the feat despite the format has become a regular part.
“There were several great players in his era as well as before that. There were batsmen like Javed Miandad, Viv Richards, Garry Sobers, and Don Bradman but none of them thought to reach the figure. Even in today’s cricket when there is too much Test cricket, there are very few players who’ve achieved that feat,” Inzamam said on his YouTube channel.
Inzamam further added: “If you ask me, I’ll say Sunil’s 10,000 runs of that era are equal to today’s 15,000 to 16,000 runs. These can be more than that but not less in anyway.”
While speaking why Sunil Gavaskar’s achievement was special, Inzamam said at that time, batsmen didn’t get any help from the pitches which is different from today’s cricket where the pitches are made to keep batsmen in mind.
“If [as a batsman] your form is good you can even score 1000 to 1500 runs in a season. But when Sunil was batting, the situation was not like that. Today purely batting wickets are prepared so that you can continue scoring runs. The ICC also wants to see batsmen doing that so that spectators are entertained,” he cited.
In 1987, Sunil Gavaskar became the first player to score 10,000 Test runs. Since then, 13 more players have reached the milestone where former India players – Rahul Dravid and Sachin Tendulkar are the two renowned names with other cricketers. However, Tendulkar is leading it with a whopping 15,921 runs.
Meanwhile, Inzamam-Ul-Haque himself was one of the prolific batsmen of his time who had scored 8,830 runs in Test cricket as well.