Gundappa Viswanath vividly remembers that January afternoon in Chennai, when he stitched together a 316-run stand with Yashpal Sharma. Against a star-studded England bowling line-up, India had lost its openers – Sunil Gavaskar and Pranab Roy – early and an injury to Dilip Vengsarkar meant the onus was on Viswanath and Sharma to steady the ship.
It was a challenging task for sure, but both Viswanath and Sharma had just one aim – to stay at the crease and help India bounce back in the fifth Test in 1982. They batted throughout the second day’s play, with Sharma scoring 140 and Viswanath hammering 222.
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“We batted the whole day. I cannot forget that innings because I never expected myself to bat for the whole day in Test cricket because of my temperament. The two of us played and had a massive partnership….