‘Chhodna nhi’: Gundappa Viswanath recalls his epic partnership with Yashpal Sharma

Former India cricketer Gundappa Viswanath remembers his teammate Yashpal Sharma as a ‘whole cricketer’. Collectively they’d battled for a whole day towards England within the 1982 Chennai Take a look at and stitched a mammoth 316-run stand. Whereas Viswanath scored 222, Sharma recorded his greatest rating in Take a look at cricket by stroking his technique to 140.

Sharma, who would have turned 67 subsequent month, passed away on Tuesday, due to a cardiac arrest. He represented India in 37 Assessments and 42 ODIs.

He’s greatest recognized for his magnum opus with Viswanath within the Madras (now Chennai) Take a look at as they turned solely the third Indian pair to stay not out all through a day’s play.

“Taking part in an entire day in Take a look at cricket is a novel achievement and never many individuals have accomplished it. The 2 of us taking part in the entire day was memorable. He was an excellent cricketer, hardworking, a crew man and I might say a complete cricketer,” Viswanath advised The Indian Express.

The Chennai Take a look at, which started on January 13, 1982, noticed India in a spot of hassle early on.

“The pitch was a bit bouncy and we misplaced Sunil Gavaskar and Pranab Roy early on. Dilip Vengsarkar was hit by a Bob Willis bouncer and retired harm,” recalled Viswanath.

India had been 150/2, however three of their batsmen had been again within the pavilion.

“It was then that Yashpal got here in. At the beginning, we spoke to one another and determined to take a cautious strategy and tried to be there within the center.”

Whereas Vishwanath together with his contact strokeplay scored 222 off 374 deliveries, Sharma’s knock was guts and dedication as he scored 140 in 298 balls and spent greater than 490 minutes on the crease. All the partnership lasted ten-and-a-quarter hours and that too towards an England bowling assault comprising Willis, Ian Botham and Derek Underwood.

“He performed fantastically and it was a sexy innings. He saved egging me on saying, “Vishy Bhai, chhodna nhi, hum dono aaj khelenge (don’t hand over, each of us will preserve taking part in). In direction of the top of the day, he saved telling me to play the lengthy innings and impressed me by saying, “Ab pura din khelenge (we are going to bat the whole day)“.

“In order that was in my thoughts and we each dug deep and remained unbeaten.”

Immediately Sharma’s demise has upset Vishwanath.

“The information could be very surprising for me. I had by no means heard something from anybody that he was unwell. So I’m nonetheless not capable of consider that he’s no extra. My condolences to his household and I hope they will bear by way of this ache” he signed off.

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