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Gundappa Viswanath
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Gundappa Viswanath

India
Gundappa Viswanath

INTL CAREER: 1969 - 2004

Full Name

Gundappa Rangnath Viswanath

Born

February 12, 1949, Bhadravati, Mysore

Age

72y 93d

Batting Style

Right hand bat

Bowling Style

Legbreak

relations

(brother-in-law)

Other

Referee

TEAMS

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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Career Averages

Batting & Fielding
FormatMatInnsNORunsHSAveBFSR100s50s6sCtSt
Test9115510608022241.9314356630
ODI252314397519.9583052.890230
FC308486471797024740.9344892270
List A595731463108*27.0919130
Bowling
FormatMatInnsBallsRunsWktsBBIBBMAveEconSR4w5w10w
Test917704611/111/1146.003.9470.00000
ODI25------------
FC3081147729152/2148.6076.4000
List A59504944/134/1312.2512.50100
Umpire & Referee
FormatMatReferee
Test1515
ODI8282
List A44
T202020
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Debut/Last Matches

  • Player
  • Referee
FC Matches
Span
1967/68 - 1987/88
List A Matches
Span
1973/74 - 1987/88

Photos


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