’I can’t wait for Sunil Gavaskar to see 83!’ : Tahir Raj Bhasin on the batting maestro’s 72nd birthday

Saturday, 10 July 2021 (13:01 IST)
Acclaimed actor Tahir Raj Bhasin, who plays the legendary cricketer Sunil Gavaskar in Kabir Khan’s 83, is eager to get the master batsman’s feedback to his performance. On Sunil’s 72nd birthday, Tahir says it was an honour to essay the sensational batting wizard for the big screen.
Tahir says, “I can’t wait for Sunil Gavaskar to see 83 and watch my performance in the film. It’s a huge honour to play a legend like him on screen and I hope I have done enough. I’m excited as well as nervous because I want to see his reaction while being next to him.”
He adds, “Sunil Gavaskar is not just an icon, he is an institution and my on-screen act is a huge salute to everything that he has done for our country and Indian cricket.”

Gavaskar made his debut for India against the West Indies in 1971. During the Test series, he scored a mammoth 774 runs against West Indies in four matches, the maximum by any player in debut Test series.
In his historic career, Gavaskar played 125 Tests in which he scored 10,122 runs with 34 centuries to his name. He also played 108 ODIs in which he scored 3,093 runs. Gavaskar also had 25,834 runs in a first-class career.
The Mumbai stalwart was the first cricketer in history to surpass the 10,000 runs mark in the longest format.The former India opener was also an integral member of India's 1983 World Cup-winning team.

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