Sunil Gavaskar, the best opening batsman till date was the first person to score centuries in both innings of a Test match three times. He is the man who has taught us to take pride in cricket.
” There is nobody in this country who did not want to be Sunil Gavaskar. For Sunil, was he best in the game, no, he was best for the game.”Kapil Dev
He is a recipient of the Indian civilian honours of the Padma Shri and the Padma Bhusan. He was inducted into the ICC Cricket Hall of Fame in 2009. In 2012, he was awarded the Col CK Nayudu Lifetime Achievement Award. But on his birthday that is 10th of July let us take a look at his contribution to the society.
Gavaskar’s fund raising trip to the US
Former Indian men’s cricket captain Sunil Gavaskar, after his charity fundraising trip to the United States, is going to support over 600 crucial heart surgeries for underprivileged children suffering from Congenital Heart Defects (CHD),reports The Indian Express
“It has been a great opening innings to the multi-city USA tour to support free heart surgeries for children in India and I am very thankful for the overwhelming participation by many across several cities,”Sunil Gavaskar
Gavaskar’s donation for Bushfire relief
He was so much troubled by the loss of life that he immediately donated $5000 to the Australian Red Cross which is raising funds for the fire victims.
“I read about Warne’s appeal in a newspaper. I had been troubled by the loss of life and property and the damage to the environment (there),” the legendary cricketer told TOI. “Since I have lots of friends in Australia, I wanted to show (my) solidarity in their efforts to control the fires and save lives and property… hence the humble contribution (from me). Besides I have an enduring connection with Australia due to the Border-Gavaskar Trophy.”
Gavaskar sponsored 34 lifesaving heart surgeries
Sunil Gavaskar that he would sponsor 34 lifesaving heart surgeries for children belonging to economically and socially challenged sections of society.
“These tiny tots are waiting for their hearts to be healed. Paediatric cardiac treatment should be within the reach of every child and every parent irrespective of financial or social status. Sri Sathya Sai Sanjeevani Centre is now open in Mumbai and will provide precious life-saving service to the people,”Sunil Gavaskar
Gavaskar’s CHAMPS foundation
CHAMPS – Caring, Helping, Assisting, Motivating and Promoting Sportspersons works quietly and efficiently to better the financial condition of former Indian international sportspersons who fell on hard times.
Gavaskar’s donation to fight the Coronavirus
Gavaskar made Rs 35 lakh to PM CARES fund and Rs 24 lakh to Maharashtra Chief Minister’s Relief Fund.