"You would not want to be Mr Gavaskar's opponent in any field" - Tony Lewis paying tribute on his retirement
"Gavaskar is a better technician than Geoff Boycott" - Fred Trueman
"Others might cross that figure, but the person who gets there first is remembered most" - Gavaskar's apt comment on crossing 10,000 runs in Tests
"I have always believed that technique should never be a huge part of sport. Temperament is No 1. You could have the best technique in the world but if your temperament is bad you'll be nowhere" - Gavaskar in an interview on his 60th birthday
Gavaskar has scored most number of hundreds (13) against West Indies than any other batsman.
Gavaskar's tally of 81 hundreds is the record for an Indian in first-class cricket.
At the end of the 1979 tour of England, Gavaskar had scored 20 centuries in 50 Tests - only Bradman had a higher ratio.
Gavaskar's son Rohan represented India in 11 ODIs.
Gavaskar achieved Bradmanesque figures from October 1978 to September 1979 during which he played 13 Tests, amassed 1721 runs at an average of 86.05 with seven hundreds and seven fifties.
Included in this outstanding run were two double centuries and a century in each innings on two occasions. His career average leapt from 48 to 57.
Gavaskar ended his career having played 125 Tests, scoring 10,122 runs, a tally that included 34 centuries - all three world records at the time of his retirement.
He also made 3092 runs in 108 ODIs, with just one century.
His only wicket in Tests was that of Zaheer Abbas.
Image: Gavaskar seen here with a celebratory stump in hand after his great knock of 221 helped India save the Oval Test in August 1979.