November 29, 1962, Bangalore, Karnataka
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As Syed Kirmani was nearing the end of his career in the mid-1980s, the search for a suitable successor started in real earnest. And among a bunch of likely contenders, Sadanand Viswanath surged ahead to take the wicketkeeper's spot in the World Championship of Cricket in 1985 and on the tour to Sri Lanka later that year. Unfortunately, apart for a handful few more ODIs, that remained the extent of his international career. Which was a pity for on his day, he could be brilliant.
Young and aggressive in his approach with a screaming appeal to boot, Viswanath typified the cricketer's outlook of the period. Unfortunately he could also be just flashy and inconsistent and his batting was not in keeping with the kind of consistent scores he made in domestic cricket. However even in his brief Test career he was responsible for a record - he took six catches against Sri Lanka
in his final Test to equal the Indian mark.
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