Former Indian batsman Gundappa Vishwanath was part of the team when England blew them out for 42 in 1974 at the Lord’s. The record for India’s lowest total in Test cricket stood for 46 years until Virat Kohli’s team made its own in Adelaide on Saturday against Australia. Having been part of that disastrous innings, Gundappa Vishwanath thought he would never witness an encore of it.
India’s batsman endured a forgettable third day in the opening Test in Adelaide, having been in control for the best part of the match. The visitors found themselves ahead by 62 runs at the end of the second day and added only 36 runs more. It meant that Australia had to chase only 90 runs for victory, which they did with eight wickets to spare and took a series lead.
Gundappa Vishwanath revealed to be part of the side that England skittled for 42 in the Lord’s; however, 36 all out played no role in laying that ghost to rest. The 71-year old never thought he would see his countrymen get blow away for 36 and underlined that it does not feel good. At the same time, he called for the Indian team to leave this behind and pull up their socks.
“I was in the team when we were all out for 42 against England at Lord’s. But I would never say that 36 laid the ghost of that to rest. I can never be happy. I never thought I would see India getting all out for 42 or less again in my lifetime. It doesn’t feel good. But they have to just leave this behind and pull up their socks,” Vishwanath said as quoted by Hindustan Times.
All the bowlers kept the batsmen under pressure: Gundappa Vishwanath
Gundappa Vishwanath further said that the conditions in Lord’s were cloudy and overcast, resulting in the ball to swing. In contrast, the deck in Adelaide had a little more bounce but not much lateral or seam movement. However, all the bowlers maintained the pressure on the batsmen.
“The same thing happened at Lord’s. Whenever the batsmen were beaten, the ball took the edge. Compared to Lord’s, where it was cloudy and the ball swung, the Adelaide Oval pitch had a little more bounce but not much lateral or seam movement. All the bowlers kept the batsmen under pressure,” he added.