On this day, February 12: Gundappa Viswanath was born; relive some of his best strokes
Gundappa Viswanath was one of the true gentlemen of the game. He was one of the finest Indian batsmen during his career. Viswanath played Test cricket for India from 1969 to 1983, making 91 appearances and scoring over 6,000 runs. He also played in One Day Internationals from 1974 to 1982 including the World Cups of 1975 and 1979. On his Test match debut, Viswanath scored a century against Australia at Kanpur in 1969 in a drawn match. He also recorded a duck in the same game, one of only three batsmen to have done this in their first match. Viswanath played his last Test in 1983 and then became a match referee for the ICC from 1999 to 2004. He later became the Chairman of the national selection committee, and also served as the manager of the Indian cricket team. He is also involved in cricket coaching at NCA.