A great Test cricket Innings: Sunil Gavaskar's 221 vs England Oval 1979

Ptrikha By Ptrikha, 7th Oct 2013 | Follow this author | RSS Feed | Short URL http://nut.bz/15nfxqxc/
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One of the best Indian batsman lit up the Oval England in the fourth India-England test in 1979

Test Cricket: A great test for any cricket player

While now a days, T-20s and One Day Internationals are much talked about, test cricket is a kind of litmus test for young as well as senior cricket players. A Batsman has to face hostile bowling attack with 6-7 close in fielders, gather runs here and there, persevere on the crease for hours, be it cold or hot.
The bowlers have to toil for wickets for hours at times. Such a cricket really tests one's skills.

That makes for a great viewing and when one sees great innings or great bowling, it makes us feel great.

The Oval 1979 Fourth Test India Vs England Test Series

Oval in London, England played host to the final Test of the 4-match series. England were leading 1-0 after three Tests, thanks to a thumping innings win in the first Test. India desperately needed a win and came quite close to it. I am going to share my recollection of a great innings I used to hear a lot, and also watched the highlights on TV long time back, played by Sunil Gavaskar in the fourth innings of this match.

In the fourth innings, India were set an imposing total of 438 to win the match. Very few people would have given chance to India to win in such sitaution, and against a bowling attack of Willis, Botham and Hendrick.

A cricketing legend: Sunil Gavaskar!

However, in came Sunil Gavaskar, arguably the best Indian opener to date and one of the finest batsman to have played so far. He started playing beautifully, persevered and played his shots at appropriate times. He put up 213 runs for the first wicket with Chetan Chauhan. Dilip vengsarkar gave him good company, the scoring rate also went up and India reached 366 for 2. I do recall some great cricketing shots being played. However, after some time, Sunil Gavaskar got out for 221 and the asking rate had climbed up- India needed 49 off 8 overs. Indian batsmen tried to up the scoring rate, but could not. In the end, India ended at 429 for 8, and the match ended in a draw.

To this date, I can feel the excitement, since India came so close to winning. Such a test match produced an excitement similar to an ODI. Perhaps I will watch this innings some day again in detail.
So near, yet so far!

Here is a video clip on this great Test innings:

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1979 Sunil Gavaskar, Oval 1979, Sunny 1979, Sunnys 221

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author avatar cnwriter..carolina
16th Oct 2013 (#)

well me darling not a cricket fan but like to read your pages...

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author avatar Ptrikha
17th Oct 2013 (#)

Thanks cnwriter.

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author avatar cnwriter..carolina
18th Oct 2013 (#)

I read your comment on Peter's page and I think your English is very good and well written your pages. keep it up my friend..

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author avatar Sivaramakrishnan A
18th Oct 2013 (#)

I like to remember those times and I am put off by the marketing gimmicks of present day. I would rate Gavaskar as truly great though he also sings paeans of Tendulkar - siva

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author avatar Ptrikha
23rd Oct 2013 (#)

Indeed Siva- I rate Gavaskar very highly.

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author avatar ispeakthetruth
3rd Nov 2013 (#)

I have never played Cricket. How do you play? I don't know anything about the game.

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author avatar ispeakthetruth
3rd Nov 2013 (#)

I have never played Cricket. How do you play? I don't know anything about the game.

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author avatar Ptrikha
6th Nov 2013 (#)

Just check on Wikipedia , or may be the site cricinfo.com.
There are two teams with 11 players each. Two players are batsmen, they hit the ball thrown by bowler(similar to baseball), and the fielders and one specialist(wicketkeeper) try to prevent runs, or fours and sixes. The team scoring more runs wins the match in the end. There are also two umpires on field and one off field apart from a off-field referee.

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author avatar Girish
5th Feb 2014 (#)

yes, iwas listening to the c.iommentary.i still have a feeling that a little more support from yashpal & vishy could have given us victory

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