Sunny Days is the fascinating account of the growth of one of Indias greatest batsmen one whose astonishing feats on the cricket field have caused innumerable records to be re-written and set close to impossible targets.
How did the story of Sunil Manohar Gavaskar begin? What was the genesis of the man who grew to be a legend in his own lifetime?
The story starts with a baby being switched after birth luckily restored by an eagle-eyed uncle, he grows up to almost break his mothers nose with a mighty hit (a childhood habit that persists in later life) plays good cricket in school and college, inevitably graduates beyond university and trophy cricket is occasionally booed by the crowd as his uncle happens to be a selector and then bursts into the international cricket scene with his test debut at Port of Spain at the age of twenty-one.
The year is 1971, it is Gavaskars year and sunny days have finally begun for Indian cricket. By the end of the 1975-76 season Gavaskar has played 147 first class matches, amassed 11574 runs and thirty-eight hundreds. He has played twenty-four matches in eight Tests, with 2123 runs and eight hundreds. And there is still nearly a decade left before the glory-days of the Kotla and Chidambaram stadiums.
A fluently written book with Gavaskars usual self-effacing modesty imparting a rare grace to its pages, Sunny Days is for all cricket fans.