In karnataka he was so famous that he was the most popular figure after Matinee idol Dr. Rajkumar. People use to call "namm vishwa"(our vishwanath) with so much love and affection. Even Gavaskar acknowledged that Vishy was better than him in his hey days.
Yes, I have seen Gundappa Vishwanath batting in his prime days ! He was a treat to watch ! His shots were really delicate and played with full confidence ! In those days I used to like his batting rather than Sunil Gavaskar's ! Gavaskar was a perfect copy book, but Vishy was 'nazakat' !!
Re: Yes, I have seen him play
by srirama chandra rao on Feb 13, 2015 11:42 AM
I am a big fan of viswanath, the little master. When westindian fast bowlers are on top of the world, Viswanath faced them with gusto and artisty. Gavaskar and Viswanath were pillars in that period in India's batting line up like Dravid and tendulkar did in recent times. Now we wish that Virat and Rahane should form that pair who can take India forward
I have been a great fan of vishy from day one, and each of his shots were copy book style, and some of his shots are rarely found nowadays. His late cuts were a delight to watch. just when the wicket keeper felt that he had the ball in his hands, the Master would draw back and cut the ball to the Boundary. I have not seen much of his hook shots, except for one to the onside, that two at the level of his shoulder hit mostly of fast bowlers. A master who always stuck and played when things were down. Wish he had hung on for some more time in Cricket. Kudos to him Raghavendra K Rao