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

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Former India cricketer Gundappa Viswanath remembers his teammate Yashpal Sharma as a ‘total cricketer’. Together that they had battled for a whole day towards England within the 1982 Chennai Test and stitched a mammoth 316-run stand. While Viswanath scored 222, Sharma recorded his finest rating in Test cricket by stroking his method to 140.

Sharma, who would have turned 67 subsequent month, handed away on Tuesday, as a consequence of a cardiac arrest. He represented India in 37 Tests and 42 ODIs.

He is finest recognized for his magnum opus with Viswanath within the Madras (now Chennai) Test as they grew to become solely the third Indian pair to stay not out all through a day’s play.

“Playing a whole day in Test cricket is a unique achievement and not many people have done it. The two of us playing the whole day was memorable. He was a very good cricketer, hardworking, a team man and I would say a total cricketer,” Viswanath informed The Indian Express.

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

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

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

“It was then that Yashpal came in. At the start, we spoke to each other and decided to take a cautious approach and tried to be there in the middle.”

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

“He performed beautifully and it was a horny innings. He stored egging me on saying, “Vishy Bhai, chhodna nhi, hum dono aaj khelenge (don’t surrender, each of us will preserve taking part in). Towards the top of the day, he stored telling me to play the lengthy innings and impressed me by saying, “Ab pura din khelenge (we’ll bat all the day)“.

“So that was in my mind and we both dug deep and remained unbeaten.”

Today Sharma’s dying has upset Vishwanath.

“The news is very shocking for me. I had never heard anything from anyone that he was unwell. So I am still not able to believe that he is no more. My condolences to his family and I hope they can bear through this pain” he signed off.

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