S.M. Gavaskar

188

S.M. Gavaskar 188 v MCCBack to boards

Sunil Gavaskar hit 188 in the MCC v Rest of the World match at Lord's in 1987 to take his place on the iconic Honours Boards.

In a one-off match to mark MCC’s bicentenary, twenty-two of the world's greatest players gathered at Lord's to play in a fixture which would see any five-wicket haul or hundred scored be registered on the famous boards.

After Graham Gooch and Mike Gatting had scored centuries for MCC, Gavaskar opened the batting alongside Desmond Haynes and showed his class against some of the best bowlers in the world.

Following the dismissals of Haynes, Gavaskar continued to dominate the first innings,  eventually falling for 188 off 351 balls, in a knock that saw him hit an impressive 23 fours before being caught and bowled by fellow Indian, Ravi Shastri.

Despite his century in the first innings, Gavaskar and the Rest of the World side were to be frustrated by a score of 318/6d by MCC in their second innings as the game ended after five days with result being declared a draw.