New Delhi, July 11: As former India captain Sunil Gavaskar celebrated his 66th birthday on Sunday (July 10), former India star Virender Sehwag paid rich tributes to the legendary cricketer in his own witty style.
Sehwag compared Gavaskar's fearless attitude on field with India's most popular Hindi film "Sholay".
Sehwag, one of India's most explosive openers, wrote on his Twitter handle saying what the batting legend, Gavaskar, did without wearing a helmet the best of batsmen today would not be able to do with all their equipments on.
What Gavaskar did without helmet,its difficult for ppl these days to do with all equipments.If cricket were a film,Sunil Gavaskar is Sholay— Virender Sehwag (@virendersehwag) July 10, 2016
"What Gavaskar did without helmet,its difficult for ppl these days to do with all equipments. If cricket were a film, Sunil Gavaskar is Sholay," Sehwag wrote on his twitter handle.
Starring actors Dharmendra, Amitabh Bachchan and Sanjeev Kumar, Sholay is still of of the most loved Hindi films of all time.
To start with, the Nawab of Najafgarh said, "Happy Birthday to one of the greatest batsmen of all time, Sunny Paaji! Wish you a long and healthy life."
Happy Birthday to one of the greatest batsmen of all time,Sunny Paaji !— Virender Sehwag (@virendersehwag) July 10, 2016
Wish you a long and healthy life. pic.twitter.com/FMPHb9swD5
Ever since retiring from international cricket, Sehwag has developed a knack to laud current and former cricketers in his very own unique style.
Gavaskar was the first man to score 10,000 runs in Test cricket and the first player to score more than 30 centuries, and was among the best batsmen in the world during his playing days.
He still holds the record for the most runs made in a debut Test series and the most Test centuries against the West Indies and is the only player to have scored a century and a double century in the same Test Match twice. The BCCI called him the 'Rock of Gibraltar'.
"Here's wishing the legend, India's Rock of Gibraltar, Sunil Gavaskar a very happy birthday!" Gavaskar represented India between 1971 and 1987 in which he played 125 Tests and 108 ODIs.
He scored 10,122 runs at an average of 51.12. In 108 ODIs, he scored 3,092 runs at an average of 35.13, with just one century.