New Delhi: Cricket legend Sunil Gavaskar was conferred with an honorary doctorate (doctor of science) by the Dr D Y Patil University in Navi Mumbai on Wednesday.
Governor of Maharashtra S C Jamir bestowed the honour on Gavaskar at theniversity's third annual convocation.
Gavaskar expressed happiness at the honour, which he attributed to his family members, fellow players and fans.
"This is a big honour not only for me, but also for my sport 'Cricket'. With the support and wishes of my family, relatives, teachers, my uncle and the ones who have played with me in club cricket, university cricket, school cricket, Ranji cricket and India cricket, I have achieved this honour. On top of it, I have the blessings of Swami Sri Satya Sai Baba," said Gavaskar.
Widely regarded as one of the greatest opening batsman in Test match history, Gavaskar set world records during his career for the most runs and most centuries scored by any batsman.
He held the record of 34 Test centuries for almost two decades before Sachin Tendulkar broke it in December 2005.