Tony Greig: This was in the first innings of the Test at the Brabourne Stadium. I had spent most of the day fielding at silly point. As you know, Vishy, like his brother-in-law Sunny [Gavaskar], is very short, and even bent in half I would find myself staring right into their eyes! Apart from being a really good player, Vishy is also a very nice man. When he reached his hundred, my actions were totally spontaneous. I picked him up and rocked him liked a baby. The Brabourne Stadium absolutely erupted - they loved it. It was this sort of involvement that they looked for, since cricket had long been perceived as too prim and proper. Wherever I go in India I am reminded of what happened on that day in Bombay. It is an extra-special memory I have of a special cricketer and a wonderful ground in a great city.

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