Sunil Gavaskar names his all-time number one cricketer

For legendary cricketer Sunil Gavaskar, India’s all-time best cricketer is none other than Kapil Dev. While talking to India Today, Sunil Gavaskar named Kapil Dev as the number one cricketer the country has ever produced.

Top of everything would be Kapil Dev, he would be No. 1. For me, he is the best. All-time No. 1 will always be Kapil Dev.” Sunil Gavaskar said.

In his praise for the Indian all-rounder, Sunil Gavaskar said that the Kapil Dev won India matches with both bat and ball. Kapil Dev was the first Indian skipper to win India their maiden World Cup title. The legendary cricketer is counted amongst the best all-rounders to have played the game.

He could win the match with the bat and with the ball. He would take the wickets and win the match for you. He would score a scorching hundred or quickfire 80-90 and turn the game around. He made an impact with the bat. He made an impact with the ball. Don’t forget all those catches he took. So he was a complete cricketer.” Gavaskar concluded.

In his illustrious career, Kapil Dev has made a lot of notable performances for India. His 175-run knock against Zimbabwe in 1983 World Cup, 5 for 28 against Australia in 1981 and the running catch to sent Viv Richards back to the pavilion in the epic 1983 finals were some of his best performances on the field.

Kapil Dev played 131 Tests and 225 One-Day Internationals in his stellar career. He scored 5248 runs and 434 wickets in Tests and 3783 runs and 253 wickets with the ball in ODIs. He called time to his international career in 1994.

Sunil Gavaskar and Kapil Dev played together for 10 years between 1978 and 1987. The duo participated together in 87 Tests and 97 ODIs.