Gundappa Vishwanath: Life History, Family, Batting

Gundappa Vishwanath is a former Indian cricketer and one of the Indian’s finest batsman throughout the 1970s. His playing has an artistic approach over the crease, which the statistics do not convey. Witnessing the square cuts and twinkling footwork is nothing less than divine. He set his benchmark in his 1969 debut performance in Kanpur, continuing to perform in a similar way for his team in critical situation.

A Peek into Gundappa’s Life

Date of Birth 12 February 1949
Place of Birth Bhadravathi, Mysore, Karnataka, India
Nickname Vishy
Batting Style Right Hand
Bowling Style Leg-break
Test Debut 15 November 1969 vs. Australia
Last Test 30 January 1983 vs. Pakistan
ODI Debut 3 April 1974 vs. England
Last ODI 2 June 1982 vs. England
Awards Arjuna Award, CK Nayudu Award for lifetime achievement
Books on GR Vishwanath Great Tamasha by James Astill


Vishy’s Career Graph

Competition Test ODI
Matches 91 25
Runs Scored 6080 439
Batting Average 41.93 19.95
Top Score 222 75
Bowling Average 46.00
Best Bowling 1/11


Gundappa Vishwanath is married to Kavita Gavaskar (now: Kavita Vishwanath), sister of India’s another proud son, Sunil Gavaskar. Vishy and Sunny share the ‘gifted’ talent and a close bonding with each other. The competitive edge never disturbed their relationship, and they still are exquisite friends. Daivik Vishwanath, Gundappa and Kavita’s 21-year-old son is now into cricket.

Vishy’s Second Innings

Just after his retirement from Tests in 1983, he started serving as a match referee for the ICC from 1999 to 2004. He was a member of the National Selection Committee, coached at National Cricket Academy (NCA) and also served as the manager of the Indian Cricket Team.

Author: Akash

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