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.
Ramesh Chandra Sinha, the Vice President and MD of Maharashtra Airport was also felicitated with Doctor of Literature Award. The ceremony was also attended by Sheila Bai Bapu, General Security Minister, Mauritius; Mauritius Prime Minister Navin Chandra Ramgoolam, Maharashtra Governor S Jamir and Padmashree, Chancellor of Dr DY Patil University.
Sunny Gawaskar is widely regarded as one of the greatest opening batsman in the Test match history. He had set the 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.
OneIndia News (With inputs from Agencies)