India’s batting maestro of yore Sunil Gavaskar, who was the first man to reach 10,000 Test runs, received a slew of heartwarming wishes on his 68th birthday on Monday.
“Here's wishing the legend, Sunil Gavaskar a very happy birthday! #TeamIndia #Legend,” the BCCI posted on Twitter.
International Cricket Council (ICC) joined in, wishing Gavaskar: “Happy Birthday to one of the all-time great batsman, Sunil Gavaskar! In 233 matches across Tests and ODIs he scored an amazing 13,214 runs!”
Besides the governing bodies, former and current cricketers also joined the celebration on social media.
“Happy Birthday to one of the best and most daring batsmen ever, Sunil Gavaskar Sir. Watching film Maalamaal to see you in a different avatar,” Virender Sehwag tweeted.
Indian opener Shikhar Dhawan also wished the batting legend, saying: “Happy Birthday to Indian Cricket Legend Mr. Sunil Gavaskar. May the year bring in lots of success and happiness.”
Former India pacer Mohammad Kaif heaped praise on Gavaskar. “Great people come in short packages. Happy Birthday to one of the greatest Indians to walk on the cricket field, Sunil Manohar Gavaskar,” Kaif said.
Bollywood actor Rishi Kapoor joined the well-wishers’ list as he tweeted: “Wishing dear Sunil Gavaskar a very "Happy Birthday", God Bless!”