Wrist Assured: Viswanath’s autobiography launched at India-Lanka test

The autobiography of former captain Gundappa Viswanath, one of the finest strikers in Indian cricket history and hailed as an artist for his incredible wrist work, was launched here on Saturday.

The book, aptly titled ‘Wrist Assured’, co-authored by senior journalist R Kaushik, was launched on the opening day of the second test between India and Sri Lanka.

Indian big names Kapil Dev and Sunil Gavakar unveiled the book in a brief ceremony during the dinner break of the day/night game.

Later, as he spoke to the media, 73-year-old Viswanath, who has represented India in 91 Tests and scored 6,080 runs, seemed overwhelmed by the occasion.

He revealed that he initially snubbed Kaushik’s idea to write the book, but was later convinced by his family.

”It’s amazing the way I was treated. Standing between two greats of world cricket (Gavaskar and Kapil), the way I was treated was unbelievable,” Viswanath said. Kapil said the first autograph he took as a cricket fan was from Viswanath and he still treasures it.

”This book should have been written 20 years ago. I wanted to be like him and behave like him. I have always admired him. He is a true ambassador of the game,’ said the 1983 World Cup-winning skipper.

”He’s my all-time hero. Something stuck in my head about Viswanath. ”BCCI President Sourav Ganguly said that young players, who want to play for India, will get to know the game by reading the book.

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