The maestro said he always aimed for batting sessions in test matches, from the start of the game to stumps.
“The price I put on my wicket was invariably a 100. I always wanted a century; that was the minimum I wanted to get… That was obviously impossible, not even Sir Don Bradman could do it in every inning. So my whole idea was to have sessions; first session for lunch, then for tea and then for the end of the game,” Gavaskar said at an event organized by ABP Group.
“I wasn’t looking at the scoreboard when I was batting because every batsman has his own way of setting goals. Small goals are what the coaches tell you first, to 10, 20 and 30, which is a good way to go,” said the former India captain.
“The way I looked at it is if my goal was to get to 30, if I got somewhere around 24-25, I’d really like to try to get to 30. I’d play ball out then stump or something, nick it and be out for, say, 26, trying to hit the mark that would have taken me to 30,” he said.
Gavaskar shared an interesting anecdote, saying he didn’t even realize when he had matched Sir Don Bradman’s 29th Test century.
“I had no idea until (Dilip) Vengsarkar came to tell me about the feat,” said the battle wizard.
Gavaskar equaled Bradman’s record of 29 Test centuries in 1983 against the West Indies in New Delhi.