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Updated: August 15, 2009 17:03 IST

A century of tributes for Sunny

G. Viswanath
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Sunil Gavaskar. Photo: Rajeev Bhatt
Sunil Gavaskar. Photo: Rajeev Bhatt

Sunil Gavaskar, Cricket’s Little Master, is essentially an anthology that brings forth Gavaskar’s batsmanship described by fellow cricketers, administrators, people who can claim to be his true friend, and of course by cricket writers.

Compiled by Debasish Datta, cricket writer of Aajkaal Kolkata, and published by Niyogi Books, New Delhi, the heavy 300-page volume priced at Rs.995 is a collector’s item followers of the game would like to have it on their book shelf.

“When we played against each other, I admired his batting, but I didn’t know much about him as a person. It was only when we shared the microphone together for television that I got a chance to know the real Sunil. He has a sharp and quick cricketing brain and an impish sense of humour. He is honest and as straight as they come with a lovely courteous nature,” has said Geoffrey Boycott in his foreword.

Sir Garfield Sobers, Clive Lloyd, Ian Chappell, Ajit Wadekar, Vivian Richards, Kapil Dev, Sachin Tendulkar, Hanif Mohammad, Asif Iqbal, Zaheer Abbas, Javed Miandad, Glen Turner, John Wright, Mohinder Amarnath, Chetan Chauhan, Aunshuman Gaekwad, K. Srikkanth, Ravi Shastri, Arun Lal, Sandeep Patil, Mike Brearley, Ian Botham, Sourav Ganguly, Andy Roberts, Wasim Akram, Arjuna Ranatunga, Duleep Mendis, Madhav Apte, K. Jayantilal, Madhav Apte, Jeff Dujon, Madan Lal, Maninder Singh, Gopal Bose, Raju Mukherjee, Vasu Paranjape, Dickie Bird are among the 100 authors who have put their thoughts for a book that has been published to celebrate Gavaskar’s 60th birthday.

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