Gundappa Viswanath

India|Top order Batter
Gundappa Viswanath
INTL CAREER: 1969 - 1983
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Full Name

Gundappa Rangnath Viswanath

Born

February 12, 1949, Bhadravati, Mysore

Age

75y 8d

Batting Style

Right hand Bat

Bowling Style

Legbreak

Playing Role

Top order Batter

RELATIONS

(brother-in-law)

Other

Referee

Gundappa Viswanath was a true artist with the willow - his strokeplay, particularly the late-cut executed with lumberjack-strong wrists, was nothing less than divine. He was equally adept against pace and spin - waiting on the ball against the fastmen and using twinkling footwork against the spinners - and he came good when it truly mattered. Though statistics don't convey it, Vishy was every bit as crucial as Sunil Gavaskar to the Indian team of the 1970s. Right from his century on debut in 1969-70, he performed better when the chips were down than any other Indian batsman. Especially memorable was an unbeaten, matchwinning 97 against a rampaging Andy Roberts at Madras in 1974-75. Viswanath often excelled on pitches others found difficult - witness his matchwinning 124 out of 255 on another fiery, bouncy Madras wicket against West Indies in 1978-79, and innings of 83 and 79 against New Zealand on a Christchurch greentop in 1975-76. He played the game in its true spirit: a century had little value to him if it didn¹t contribute to the team cause and he disputed an umpire¹s decision only once, recalling Bob Taylor in the Golden Jubilee match against England in 1979-80. It cost him the Test, one of only two where he led India, but to Vishy, it mattered more that the game should be played fair.
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Gundappa Viswanath Career Stats

Batting & Fielding

FormatMatInnsNORunsHSAveBFSR100s50s6sCtSt
Tests9115510608022241.93--14356630
ODIs252314397519.9583052.8902-30
FC308486471797024740.93--4489-2270
List A595731463108*27.09--19-130

Bowling

FormatMatInnsBallsRunsWktsBBIBBMAveEconSR4w5w10w
Tests917704611/111/1146.003.9470.0000
ODIs25------------
FC308-1147729152/21-48.603.8176.4-00
List A59-504944/134/1312.255.8812.5100

Umpire & Referee

FormatMatReferee
Tests1515
ODIs8080
List A44
T20s1919
Gundappa Rangnath Viswanath

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Debut/Last Matches of Gundappa Viswanath

FC Matches

Span
1967/68 - 1987/88

List A Matches

Span
1973/74 - 1987/88

Recent Matches of Gundappa Viswanath

Photos of Gundappa Viswanath

Gundappa Viswanath speaks at the Karnataka Premier League launch in Mysore
Sachin Tendulkar speaks at a Karnataka State Cricket Association event
Javagal Srinath, Syed Kirmani, Gundappa Viswanath, and Anil Kumble at the KSCA platinum jubilee celebrations
Former Indian batsman Gundappa Viswanath with the Karnataka chief minister
Sachin Tendulkar, Sunil Gavaskar, Gundappa Viswanath and Bollywood superstar Amitabh Bachchan share the stage
Gundappa Vishwanath