August 5, 2006

Offbeat

The gloved wonder of 1985

Kanishkaa Balachandran

It all happened too fast for Sadanand Vishwanath. His lightning reflexes in the 1985 Benson and Hedges World Championship promised a long career but sadly, he faded away, after his form deserted him. In an interview to K. C. Vijaya Kumar of The Sportstar, Vishwanath reveals his emotional and financial struggles over the last two decades and how things are finally looking up for him in his new career in coaching and umpiring.

"I was young, popular but feeling lonely and insecure. I would never blame my parents' demise for the way my career shaped up. In fact, on the field, I gave my best but at that young age I wish I had some guidance. May be, if we had a Sandy Gordon then, things would have been different."

Kanishkaa Balachandran is a senior sub-editor at ESPNcricinfo

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