2019 Cricket World Cup: GRV — standing out in a galaxy of stars


There’s a galaxy of cricketers on the Star Sports activities Studios right here commentating on the World Cup in varied languages. Anil Kumble, Dean Jones, Scott Styris, Brian Lara, and Kevin Pietersen liven it up with their anecdotal and predictive discussions in The DugOut.

The regional viewers are handled to wonderful stuff from the likes of Venkatapathy Raju, L. Sivaramakrishnan, L. Balaji, Manoj Tiwary, Vijay Bharadwaj, Kiran Extra, Nikhil Chopra, Mohammad Kaif, R.P. Singh, Ranadeb Bose, and Saurasish Lahiri.

However the one man who’s held in awe and wanted most is G.R. Viswanath, who is a big hit together with his Kannadiga followers. The legendary batsman, who performed 91 Exams and hit 14 centuries, every a gem, groups up with Bharadwaj and G.Okay. Anil Kumar, with enriching feedback on cricket from his time.

Viswanath, who not too long ago turned 70, is immensely standard due to his humility. As one of many officers related with the undertaking remarked, “He’s much-loved, a lot revered. Viewers, who’ve hardly heard him all these years, feast on tales of his time.” He’s the famous person amongst stars of up to date cricket.

Not the one to speak about his batting, he can, when prompted repeatedly, recall most of his essential innings with minute particulars, the pictures he performed to herald every century, his greatest and disappointing moments.

Lacking 100 Exams typically rankles him however Viswanath, in his phrases, has “moved on.”

For somebody like Tiwary, each break needs to be spent with Viswanath.

“I first interacted with him at a NCA (Nationwide Cricket Academy) camp and have been an enormous fan of him since.

“For us, not watching him play clearly is a big disappointment however I’ve heard tales about his batting from his colleagues. I’m fortunate to have the ability to spend time with such a legend,” mentioned Tiwary, who does revisit a few of Viswanath’s innings which can be found on YouTube.

His wrists had been his energy. “I developed robust wrists as a way to play the sq. drive and sq. reduce as a result of different pictures wouldn’t fetch me boundaries. The ball wouldn’t attain the fence. I labored on making my wrists robust.”

A lot to the chagrin of the bowlers who would undergo at his palms, for Viswanath had the repute of dominating the assault on hostile pitches.

Grasp of sq. reduce

One reminded him of an iconic picture from his profession, toes in air, enjoying a rasping sq. reduce.

“In opposition to Michael Holding. Off the second new ball (at Port of Spain in 1976).”

He remembers that epic victory towards the West Indies because the viewers round him sits fascinated, the storytelling spilling into late night with no hint of fatigue on the legendary veteran’s face. We retire with a promise of extra from the common-or-garden man, who’s fondly referred as the unique God of Cricket.