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Memorable Spells: vs Pakistan @ Madras 1979-80 vs Australia @ Melbourne 1981 vs England @ Lords 1986 (1st win at Lords) vs Australia entire tour 1991-92 vs Sri Lanka @ Bangalore 1994 (record equalling spell)

Best Batsman I have dismissed: Viv Richards: He gave a chance, but was devastating on his day David Gower: Very graceful and attractive to watch Allan Border: Gritty, and very compact Javed Miandad: A determined batsman Sunil Gavaskar: Good in defence and temperament

Best Bowler I have faced: Michael Holding: Accurate and always thinking Malcolm Marshall: Worked up good speed Richard Hadlee: He had a lovely action and was accurate Imran Khan: Really destructive on his day

Most inspiring cricketing figure: Gundappa Viswanath: I adore him for his cricket and behaviour

My best friends in the game: Malhotra, Madan Lal, Maninder Singh, Rakesh Jolly, Bharat Reddy, Mohinder Amarnath, Karsan Ghavri, Roger Binny, K. Srikkanth and Sandeep Patil.

Best grounds Abroad: Melbourne: MCG has a superb atmosphere Brisbane: Has character Johannesburg: Different from many grounds Trinidad: The Queen's Park Oval is very scenic Lord's: Has a great tradition

Best grounds in India: Madras: Chepauk is a very lucky ground for me. Calcutta: Always enjoyed playing at the Eden Gardens Bangalore: Lovely atmosphere at the KCSA Bombay: Good atmosphere at the Wankhede Stadium Mohali, Punjab: Has character.

Worst moments: Reliance Cup semi-final defeat to England Last ball defeat to Pakistan at Sharjah Rain depriving India of victory at MCG in 1986 with 80 needed Losing 1987 Test and Series to Pakistan at Bangalore

Most memorable moments: Ranji Trophy victory by Haryana World Cup victory in 1983 Tied Test at Madras 400th Test wicket 431st test wicket at Bangalore

Best Captain I have played under: Krish Srikkanth - He had good leadership ideas and qualities was maturing when he was removed. He deserved more chances as a captain. He was very friendly with everybody and one of the few cricketers ever willing to help others. It won't be fair to talk about Azhar since we are still playing. But I must say that he is improving with every match.

Comparison of Hadlee, Imran and Marshall: I don't like comparisons honestly but I would admit that all three was out- standing. Marshall was more dangerous because of speed. Imran could destroy any batsman on his day and he was a delightful ath- lete. But Hadlee was the best of all. He was perfect. He had a computerised action, his arm was so straight. I wish I could adapt like him, but it is too late for me to change my action.

My best Indian Team: Sunil Gavaskar and Navjot Sidhu as openers. Sachin Tendulkar at number three. Middle order from Viswanath, Vengsarkar, Azharuddin and Mohinder Amarnath. My wicket-keeper will be Syed Kirmani. I will choose my medium- pacers from Srinath, Prabhakar, Ghavri and Chetan Sharma. The spinners in my team will be Prasanna and Bedi.

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