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50th Anniversary Of Test Cricket Debut of The Legendary Padma Bhushan Award Recipient
Saturday July 30th, 2022
6:15 pm
Farmington Hills Manor, 23666 Orchard Lake Rd
Farmington Hills, MI 48336


Sunil Gavaskar
Kapil Dev
Sir Clive Lloyd
Sir Vivian Richards
Farokh Engineer
Gundappa Vishwanath
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Born: July 10, 1949
Cricket Career: 1971 - 1987
Test Cricket
Matches: 125 | Runs: 10,122
ODI Cricket
Matches: 108 | Runs: 3,092
First Class Cricket
Matches: 348 | Runs: 25,834
Sunil Manohar Gavaskar, also popularly known, as “Sunny” to friends, is a legendary cricketer of all time. He Played for Indian national team in Test Cricket and Bombay (Now Mumbai).

He played for Indian National team from 1971 to 1987. He is widely regarded as the best opening batsman of all times. During his career he hold the world record of scoring most Test cricket runs (10,122 Runs) and most centuries. He held the record of 34 Test Cricket centuries for almost two decades, before Sachin Tendulkar broke it, in December 2005. He was the first cricketer to have scored centuries in both innings of a Test Match on three deferent occasions. Sunny Gavaskar was also the first batsman to score 10,000 runs in Test cricket.

Sunil Had his Test cricket debut against the then mighty West Indies team on March 6, 1971 at Queens Park Oval, Port of Spain, Trinidad. He played his last Test match on March 13, 1987, Good 16 years career in International Test Cricket.

He scored 10,122 runs in 125 Test matches, at an average of 51.12 runs. His highest Test inning is 236 not out. Sunil scored 45 half centuries in his 125 Test matches and hold 108 catches.

Gavaskar was widely admired for his technique against the fast bowling. He has a high average of 65.45 runs per inning against the West Indies team.

He remains the only Indian Test Player to have scored a century and double century in the same test match.
He is also the first Indian to score 4 centuries and over 700 runs in a Test series. His 774 runs at 154.80 per inning remains the most runs scored in a debut series by any batsman in the world.

Sunil Gavaskar is a recipient of the Indian civilian honors of the PADMA SHRI and PADMA BHUSHAN

He was inducted in ICC Cricket hall of fame in 2009. In 2012, he was awarded the Col. C.K. Naydu life time achievement award.

He is also a former Sheriff of Mumbai.
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Born: January 6, 1959
Cricket Career: 1978 - 1994
Test Cricket
Matches: 131 | Runs: 5,248
ODI Cricket
Matches: 225 | Runs: 3,783
First Class Cricket
Matches: 275 | Runs: 11,356
Kapil Dev Ramlal Nikhanj was fast medium pace bowler and a hard - hitting middle order batsman. He led India to win its first ever Cricket world title In 1983. He is the first Indian captain to win the cricket World Cup.

He is one of the greatest all rounder in the history of Cricket

His friends fondly call him Paaji and Kaps.

He had his Test Cricket debut against Pakistan on October 16, 1978. He played his last Test match against New Zealand on March 19, 1994. A long successful 16 years of International Test cricket career.
Kapil was named by WISDON as the Indian Cricketer of the century in 2002. He played for Northamptonshire in 1981-1983 and Worcestershire in 1984 – 1985.

Kapil has played 131 Test matches for India and has scored 5,248 runs with 8 centuries and 27 half centuries. His top score in Test cricket is 163. He has played 225 ODI (One Day International) and scored 3,783 runs with 1 century and 14 half-century knocks. His highest score in ODI is unbeaten 175.

In Test Cricket, Kapil has bowled 27,740 balls and has taken 434 wickets, at an average of 29.64. He has taken 64 catches in Test Cricket and 71 in One Day International (ODI). In ODI Kapil has bowled 11,202 balls and taken 253 wicket with an average of 27.45.

He is the youngest (24 Years) captain to win the Cricket World Cup, for any country. He is the first player to take 200 ODI wickets. Kapil is the only player in the history of cricket to have taken more than 400 wickets (434) and score more than 5000 runs.

In March 2010, Kapil Dev was inducted into the ICC CRICKET HALL OF FAME.

In 1982, he was awarded fourth highest national award “PADMA SHRI” and third highest national award “PADMA BHUSAN” in 1991.

Kapil Dev is an avid golfer and a very successful entrepreneur.
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Born: August 31, 1944
Cricket Career: 1966 - 1985
Test Cricket
Matches: 110 | Runs: 7,515
ODI Cricket
Matches: 87 | Runs: 1,977
First Class Cricket
Matches: 490 | Runs: 31,232
This Guyanese-British legendary cricketer played for West Indies Cricket team from 1966 to 1984.

He had his Test cricket debut against India in 1966. He played his last Test match against Australia in 1984

One of his childhood memories is of watching Sir Garfield Sobers score century for West Indies against Pakistan perched in a tree outside the ground overlooking the sightscreen.

He Played for Guyana/British Guyana and Lancashire. Sir Clive played a Total of 110 Test matches against all Test Cricket playing countries of his time. He scored a total of 7,515 runs in Test Cricket, with 19 centuries and 39 half centuries. He took 90 catches in Test Cricket. His highest Test Cricket score is 242 Not Out.

In 1971, he was named Wisden Cricketer of the year. He captained West Indies team between 1974 and 1985. West Indies team was a dominant Test Cricket playing nation during his tenure under his leadership. He is one of the most successful Test Cricket Captains of all times. During his Captaincy, his team had a run of 27 matches without defeat. He is the first West Indian player to have Played 100 international Test matches.

Sir Clive captained the West Indies Cricket team in 3 World cups, winning two in 1975 and 1979 and loosing one to India in1983.

He was a tall powerful middle order batsman and an occasional medium-pace bowler, and a strong cover point fielder. He hit 70 Sixes in his Test cricket career.

Since his retirement from Test cricket and as a player, he remained heavily involved in cricket, managing West Indies team in the late 1990s, coaching and commentating. He was also involved with ICC for a long time in Management. He was ICC match referee from 2001 to 2006.

In 2009 Clive was inducted into ICC CRICKET HALL OF FAME.

He was knighted in the 2020 New Year Honors, for services to cricket.

Sir Clive currently lives in London England.
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Born: March 7, 1952
Cricket Career: 1972 - 1991
Test Cricket
Matches: 121 | Runs: 8,540
ODI Cricket
Matches: 187 | Runs: 6,721
First Class Cricket
Matches: 507 | Runs: 36,212
Swagger! That is the word used extensively to describe the batting style of Sir Vivian Richards. Aggressive batting was not a very common sight in the 1970s and 80s, but the term aggression is an understatement when it comes to describing Viv's batting. Devastating would be a better term. With just a cap (he never wore a helmet), he would slowly walk into the crease accompanied by huge cheers from the crowd, who demanded nothing but entertainment from him. Entertain he did, and the poor bowlers from across the globe were reduced to mere bowling machines and the fielders to ball-boys who would run to the fence and fetch the ball.

Nicknamed “Master Blaster” Viv Richards was not a slogger. 8000+ Test runs at a 50+ average with 24 centuries cannot possibly come from mere slogging. Add to that the 5 centuries he made in World Series cricket, and Richards will comfortably fall into one of the all-time best Test batsmen.

He made his Test debut in 1974 in India, and scored an unbeaten 192 in his very second game. Just 2 years later, in 1976, Richards scored 1710 runs at an average of 90 with 7 centuries from 11 Tests. It remained a record for almost 30 years, until it was broken by Mohammad Yousuf in 2006. He also scored the fastest ever Test century, when he smashed a ton in just 56 balls against England in 1986.

Richards' best years were between 1976 and 1983 where he averaged a remarkable 66.51 with the bat in test cricket.

In ODIs, Richards had a strike rate of 90+ when he retired, a feat which wasn't too easy in those days. He was part of the World Cup winning West Indies sides of 1975 and 79, and even scored a century in the latter edition's final to help his side to the title.

The name Viv Richards is often associated with his destructive batting style (and rightly so), but not many remember him as one of the best captains for West Indies. In the period between 1984 and 1991, when he was the captain for 50 Tests, West Indies never lost even a single series. He was also widely respected for refusing a blank-cheque offer to play for the rebel West Indies tour to South Africa during the Apartheid period in 1983-84.


In 1994, Richards was appointed an Officer of the Order of the British Empire (OBE) for services to cricket.[58] In 1999, he was made a Knight Commander of the Order of the Nation (KCN) by his native country Antigua and Barbuda.[59] In 2006, he was upgraded to Antigua and Barbuda highest award, Knight of the Order of the National Hero (KNH).

In 2000 he was voted one of Wisden's five Cricketers of the Century by a 100-member panel of experts and in 2002 the almanack judged that he had played the best One Day International innings of all time.[17]

In December 2002, he was chosen by Wisden as the greatest One Day International batsman who had played to that date and as the third greatest Test cricket batter.[18] In 2009, Richards was inducted into the ICC Cricket Hall of Fame.[17]

Interesting facts:

Richards also played international football for Antigua, having represented them in the qualifying matches for the 1974 World Cup.
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Born: February 25, 1938
Cricket Career: 1959 - 1976
Test Cricket
Matches: 46 | Runs: 2,611
ODI Cricket
Matches: 5 | Runs: 114
First Class Cricket
Matches: 335 | Runs: 13,436
Farokh Maneksha Engineer (Born 25 February, 1938) played for India in Test Cricket 46 times, between 1961 and 1975.

He was born into a Parsi Family in Mumbai. His father was a Doctor by profession. His older brother Darius was also a good cricketer and played for Mysore in Ranji Trophy and inspired him to take up the sport. Farokh wanted to be a pilot. He qualified for a private pilot's license at Bombay Flying Club.

He appeared for in India in Test Cricket on December 1, 1961 against England. Farokh played his last Test match for India on January 23, 1975, against West Indies.

In 46 Test cricket appearance, he scored total 2611 runs with 31.08 batting average. He scored 2 Test cricket centuries and 16 half centuries. Behind the wicket he took 66 catches and 16 stampings in Test Cricket.

He played 335 First class cricket matches in his career and scored 13,436 runs. He has 13 centuries 69 half centuries in his credit in First class cricket. As wicket keeper in first class cricket, he took 704 catches and 69 stampings.

Farokh played for Bombay (Now Mumbai) from 1959 to 1975 and for Lancashire from 1968 to 1976.

He was the last from Parsi community to have Played Test Cricket for India.

In his early career he had a tough competition With Budhi Kunderan for a place in Indian Team.

Farokh was one of the first Indian to play as a professional in English County Cricket. He lives in Lancashire.

Farokh currently lives in Manchester, England with his family
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Born: February 12, 1949
Cricket Career: 1969 - 1983
Test Cricket
Matches: 91 | Runs: 6,080
ODI Cricket
Matches: 25 | Runs: 439
First Class Cricket
Matches: 308 | Runs: 17,970
G.R. Viswanath was rated as one of the India's finest batsman throughout the 1970s. He played Test cricket for India from 1969 to 1983. He was in the India World cup team of 1975 and 1979.

His friends fondly know him as “Vishy”. He had his Test cricket debut against Australia on November 15, 1969 at Kanpur. He played his last Test cricket match for India on January 30, 1983.

Viswanth played a total of 91 Test matches for India and scored 6080 runs with a batting average of 41.93 runs. He scored 14 Test Cricket centuries and 35 half centuries for India. His highest Test cricket innings is 222 runs. In Test cricket he took 63 catches.

At state level he played for Karnataka throughout his entire career. Viswanath had an elegant and wristy batting style, which focused more on timing than power. His choice shot was Square cut elegantly executed.

He is the only player in history to have scored a double century in debut first class match and a century in his first Test cricket match.

Viswanth led the Indian cricket team for two Test matches. One was drawn and other lost. He captained India in the Golden Jubilee Test match against England. He was known for his sense of Fair play, when he called back a player
(Bob Taylor of England), who was given “out” wrongly, by the umpire.

Viswanth was awarded Col. C.K. Naidu Lifetime Achievement award in 2009 by BCCI, one of the highest award given in India. He also received ARJUN AWARD in 1977-78.

Post retirement, he served as match referee for the ICC from 1999 thru 2004. He was also the chairman of the national selection Committee and served as Manager of Indian Cricket team.


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