September 7, 2008

Indian cricket

A tale of two umpires

Sriram Veera

Anand Philar recounts the stories of Sadanand Viswanath and Shavir Tarapore, who were the umpires in the Australia A v India A game in Bangalore. Read it on Sify.com.

... But on his return home from Australia, Vishy’s cricketing graph nosedived. He had problems with some of the seniors in the Karnataka team and his inability to focus more on cricket rather than a life of pleasure, also contributed to his premature exit from the National scene. I vividly remember the many hours I spent with Vishy trying to console him as he opened up to me with dressing room tales and also his off-the-field problems. He was reduced to a nervous wreck, shunned by friends. It took him over a decade to get his life back on track as he took to coaching and then umpiring.

Also, do read the Cricinfo piece on the fall and the rise of Sadanand Viswanath.

The angry young days of Vishy are over," he says as dusk descends on the Chinnaswamy Stadium. "It has been some rollercoaster ride but it's about finding peace now. I have made my share of mistakes (but) I managed to step out of the whirlpool. Fame does funny things. The adoration from the fans is indescribable. You have to be there to understand it. One should go out on a high and leave the public lingering with a happy memory.

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