(Last Updated on : 21/07/2014)
Sadanand Vishwanath, born on November 29th 1962, in Bengaluru
, was a batsman as well as a wicket-keeper for India. Vishwanath is a retired as an Indian cricketer and presently works a coach and a first class umpire. Sadanand Vishwanath has taken part in 3 Tests, and 22 One-Day Internationals for India, from 1985-1988. Vishwanath hit the headlines, at the time of India's promotion into global cricket, during the mid 1980s.
Early Career of Sadanand Vishwanath
Sadanand Vishwanath got his entry into the national team, celebrating the World Championship of Cricket tournament in Australia and the Rothmans Cup in Sharjah, in 1985. The savouring success, without a single loss, was indeed one of the prime times in the history of Indian Cricket
. India then came to be branded as the World's No.1 ODI team. The period post the 1983 World Cup Win was indispensable for establishing India on the high pedestals of success in the international arena.
Career as Indian Cricketer for Sadanand Vishwanath
Sadanand Vishwanath had played 3 test matches and made total 31 runs in these matches, with a highest score of 20 and average of 6.20. In the 22 ODI matches that he appeared in, Vishwanath made total 72 runs. His highest score was 23 with an average of 9.00. He also played 74 First class matches in his career and made 3158 as total runs with highest score of 102 and average of 30.66. The short-term intimacy that Sadanand Vishwanath had with international cricket was indeed thrilling enough. His awesome performance made the grand Sunil Gavaskar
to acknowledge his credit, behind the success in 1985's World Tournament, his book One-Day Wonders. Unfortunately, his career came to an end with the untimely and pathetic demise of his parents. Sadanand's decline into poor performance got him dropped. Kiran More
in the meantime, replaced this dashing cricketer.
He was an aggressive wicketkeeper-batsman during his playing days. Vishwanath is still popularly known for a huge six he hit out of M. Chinnaswamy Stadium, Bengaluru against Allan Border's Australian Team. Border commented later, "The ball probably had ice on it when it came down!"
Life After Retirement for Sadanand Vishwanath
However, Sadanand has continued his attachment with cricket in other forms. He is at present, serving as a first-class umpire and coach at the Ranji Trophy
, with much accuracy. He has also opened up his own cricket coaching academy for the future generation in Bengaluru. Currently, he was up-graded to the Elite Panel of Indian umpires. This made him eligible to umpire the upper tier, that is, the zonal matches played for the Duleep Trophy
and Deodhar Trophy