Gavaskar conferred with honorary doctorate

NEW DELHI: India’s cricket legend Sunil Gavaskar was conferred with an honorary doctorate (doctor of science) by the Dr D Y Patil University in Navi Mumbai yesterday.

It is his fourth honoris causa after the ones from Andhra, Annamalai and Indore varsities.

Gavaskar donned the chimere (convocation robe) along with some 500 students of the university from various fields like medical, engineering, architecture and the other dignitaries.

India''s greatest run accumulator, the first man to complete 10,000 runs in Test cricket, said after receiving the honour from Chancellor of the University and Maharashtra Governor S C Jamir, that it was his childhood wish to become a physician in the footsteps of his aunt Dr Sunder Kenkre.

Gavaskar thanked his fans and friends, particularly cricket colleagues, for conferring upon him the honorary doctorate.