Gundappa Viswanath

Country: India
Born: February 12, 1949, Bhadravati, Mysore
Batting Style: Right hand Bat
Bowling Style: Legbreak
Playing role: Top order Batter

Gundappa Viswanath Bio

Gundappa Rangnath Viswanath, fondly known as Vishy, is a legendary cricketer from India who made a substantial impact on the game with his exquisite strokeplay and unwavering dedication to the team’s cause. Born on February 12, 1949, in Bhadravathi, Karnataka, Viswanath emerged as one of India’s finest batsmen of the 1970s.

From the very outset of his career, Viswanath displayed his brilliance with the willow. Making his Test debut against Australia in 1969-70, he announced his arrival on the international stage with a magnificent century. The cricketing world was captivated by his graceful style and exceptional technique. His late-cut, played with powerful wrists, was a piece of art that left spectators in awe and bowlers searching for answers.

Viswanath possessed the unique ability to tackle both pace and spin with equal aplomb. Against fast bowlers, he demonstrated extraordinary patience and played them with commendable restraint. When facing spinners, his nimble footwork allowed him to not only neutralize their threat but also to dominate them with a wide array of strokes.

What truly set Viswanath apart from his contemporaries was his ability to excel under pressure. Statistics often fail to capture the true impact he had on the Indian team during the 1970s. Alongside Sunil Gavaskar, he played a pivotal role in shaping Indian cricket during that era. Whether it was a crunch situation in a match or a challenging pitch, Viswanath consistently delivered when it mattered most.

One of his most remarkable performances came in the face of a rampaging Andy Roberts during the 1974-75 series against the West Indies. With India struggling, Viswanath played an unbeaten innings of 97 that guided India to a remarkable victory. Such performances under pressure earned him the nickname “Vishy the Magician.”

Viswanath’s ability to excel on difficult pitches was undeniable. His innings of 124 out of 255 against the West Indies in Madras during the 1978-79 series displayed his sheer determination and skill. Similarly, his innings of 83 and 79 against New Zealand on a treacherous Christchurch pitch in 1975-76 showcased his adaptability and tenacity.

Beyond his batting prowess, Viswanath epitomized the spirit of the game. He understood that individual achievements were meaningless if they did not contribute to the team’s success. This selfless attitude was highlighted when he disputed an umpire’s decision only once in his entire career, during the Golden Jubilee match against England in 1979-80. Although it cost him the Test match, he believed that playing fair was more important than personal glory.

During his illustrious career, Viswanath represented India in 91 Test matches, scoring over 6,000 runs at an average of 41.93. He had a remarkable ability to adapt to any conditions and consistently performed at the highest level.

After retiring from cricket, Viswanath remained involved in the game, serving as a selector and coach. He was also honored with prestigious awards such as the Padma Shri, the fourth highest civilian award in India, in recognition of his contribution to cricket.

Gundappa Rangnath Viswanath will forever be remembered as one of the greatest batsmen to have represented India. His magical strokeplay, unwavering dedication, and fair play have left an indelible mark on the sport. His legacy continues to inspire cricket enthusiasts and young players all around the world.

Gundappa Viswanath Career Stats

Gundappa Viswanath Batting Stats

Batting Matches Innings Nos Runs High Score Ave BF SR 100s 50s 4s 6s Ct St
Tests 91 155 10 6080 222 41.93 - - 14 35 - 6 63 0
T20Is - - - - - - - - - - - - - -
ODIs 25 23 1 439 75 19.95 830 52.89 0 2 - - 3 0
FC 308 486 47 17970 247 40.93 - - 44 89 - - 227 0
List A 59 57 3 1463 108* 27.09 - - 1 9 - - 13 0
T20s - - - - - - - - - - - - - -

Gundappa Viswanath Bowling Stats

Bowling Matches Innings Balls Runs Wkts BBI BBM Ave Econ SR 4w 5w 10w
Tests 91 7 70 46 1 1/11 1/11 46 3.94 70 0 0 0
T20Is - - - - - - - - - - - - -
ODIs 25 - - - - - - - - - - - -
FC 308 - 1147 729 15 2/21 - 48.6 3.81 76.4 - 0 0
List A 59 - 50 49 4 4/13 4/13 12.25 5.88 12.5 1 0 0
T20s - - - - - - - - - - - - -

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