The former Indian cricket captain and the legend of the game, Sunil Manohar Gavaskar turned 74 today i.e. July 10, 2023.
Sunil Gavaskar, an individual identified with determination, spirit, and resistance, ushered in a new era of Test batsmanship characterised by amazing consistency against some of the most furious and scary bowling attacks of all time. From 1971 until 1987, Gavaskar was an important member of the Indian team. Talking about numbers, in 125 test matches, the legend racked up 10122 runs, while in 108 ODIs, he scored 3092 runs.
Gavaskar was well acclaimed for his approach against fast bowling, with a particularly impressive average of 65.45 against the West Indies, who boasted the most ruthless four-pronged fast bowling assault in Test history.
He captained the Indian unit on numerous occasions. His leadership of the Indian team was regarded as one of the first aggressive ones, with the Indian team winning the 1984 Asia Cup as well as the Benson & Hedges World Championship of Cricket in 1985.
The Little Master has made his mark on the commercial pitch, as well, just like the cricket pitch in the past. Let’s look at the former batter’s wealth, endorsements, investments and charitable activities:
Sunil Gavaskar was one of the first ‘Sanspareils Greenlands (SG) Cricket’ brand ambassadors. The former cricketer has a long history with the brand as he is still linked with the firm. As a tribute to his service to Indian cricket, the company has also unveiled a unique series of bats named after him.
The net worth of Sunil Gavaskar is estimated to be approximately INR 250 crore. His contract with the Board of Control for Cricket in India (BCCI) as a commentator and his endorsement deals make an important distinction in his financial state.
The BCCI pays Gavaskar INR 6 crore for various initiatives. As a commentator for India matches, Gavaskar earns close to INR 36 crore annually. Furthermore, for his expert analysis and commentary during the Indian Premier League (IPL), he has been additionally paid INR 19 crore annually.
The former captain holds a lot of properties in and around Mumbai. Gavaskar has also bought an Isprava Villa, one of India’s most beautiful seaside homes. The former right-handed cricketer also owns some of the most opulent automobiles in the world, including the BMW 5-series, MG Hector Plus and more.
The distinguished cricketer made an investment in Binca Games, a fledgling board game company based in Mumbai.
The 1983 World Cup winner serves as the Board of Governors’ Chairman for the Heart-to-Heart Foundation. Gavaskar contributes to The Champs Foundation as well. He gave INR 24 lakh to the Maharashtra Chief Minister Relief Fund and INR 35 lakh to the PM-Cares Fund during the covid-19 epidemic.