BENGALURU, June 27: Yesteryear�s stylish batsman Gundappa Viswanath on Saturday revealed that he was �very, very hurt� after his distinguished career came to an abrupt end following a poor Test series against Pakistan in 1982-83.
Along with Sunil Gavaskar, he was one of the mainstays of the Indian battling line-up through the 1970s, playing some fine knocks against the best pace attacks of that era.
However, a poor outing in a six-Test series against Pakistan cut short his career as he was dropped for the tour of the West Indies and subsequently could not make it to the 1983 World Cup squad.
�I was very, very hurt when I was dropped. At that time, in all the three times (innings) I took wrong decisions. It is part of the game. But in that (situation) in two innings, if I had scored well, they would not have removed me,� Viswanath said on Star Sports 1 Kannada show Diggajara Danthakathe.
�Kapil�s captaincy was not announced but it was almost known to everyone.�
Known for his legendary square cuts and flicks, Viswanath, the first superstar batsman from Karnataka to play for India, played a pivotal role in the state�s Ranji Trophy triumphs. � PTI