Former Indian cricketer Sunil Gavaskar looks on during the launch of a new album Khamoshi Ki Awaz by Ghazal maestro Pankaj Udhas in Mumbai late November 7, 2014. AFP PHOTO/STR        (Photo credit should read STRDEL/AFP/Getty Images)
Former Indian cricketer Sunil Gavaskar looks on during the launch of a new album Khamoshi Ki Awaz by Ghazal maestro Pankaj Udhas in Mumbai late November 7, 2014. AFP PHOTO/STR (Photo credit should read STRDEL/AFP/Getty Images)

Mumbai: Sunil Gavaskar was on Sunday conferred with the Golden Jubilee Lifetime Achievement Award by the Sports Journalists’ Association of Mumbai (SJAM) here.

The award was presented by former India captain Ajit Wadekar and former India player Madhav Apte at the Cricket Club of India here.

Gavaskar was presented with a citatation and a certificate which has details of all his 34 centuries. Gavaskar narrated incidents how West Indies great Gary Sobers touched him for luck.

“My first innings in Test cricket, Gary Sobers dropped a simple catch, when I was barely on 12. The second Test, which was my second Test, again he dropped me very early and then I went on to get hundred.

“In those days, the dressing rooms were not far away from each other and at the end of the day’s play both the teams would come together, have a beer, and Lance Gibbs and Gary Sobers started teasing me. Lance started asking me what do you eat for breakfast,” because Gary had dropped me.

“The leg-pulling went on to an extend, till Gary Sobers said “From tomorrow onwards, I am going to touch you for luck,” Gavaskar fondly recalled.

Gavaskar said a similar thing happened in the next Test.–PTI

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