Sunil Gavaskar's 10,000 runs worth more than 15,000 in modern era: Inzamam-ul-Haq
Former Pakistan captain Inzamam-ul-Haq is in awe of Sunil Gavaskar's achievements, saying very few have achieved what the India great managed in his celebrated Test career.
Inzamam-ul-Haq said the worth of Sunil Gavaskar's 10,122 Test runs is more than what it is as the former India opener had played in pitches that were way more difficult to bat on than the ones in the current era.
Sunil Gavaskar became the first batsman to get to 10,000 Test runs. The India great finished his career 10,122 runs in 125 Tests at a staggering average of over 51. Gavaskar scored 34 hundred and dominated bowling attacks, even the mighty ones from the West Indies and Australia.
Gavaskar ended his 16-year-long career in 1987 with a home Test against Pakistan in Bengaluru. Gavaskar missed a hundred by 4 runs in his final Test knock that went in vain.
"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 any way," Inzamam said on his YouTube channel.
"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.
Inzamam pointed out that the wickets have become more batsman-friendly these days and Gavaskar thrived on difficult wickets, especially outside the subcontinent.
Gavaskar averaged over 50 both at home and away but his average overseas -- 52.11 was slightly better than at home - 50.16. Gavaskar scored 18 hundred on the road while 16 came at home.
"If 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.
"But in the past wickets were not so easy to bat on, especially when you were playing outside the subcontinent," Inzamam said.