The legendary Kapil Dev mentioned he thought of Gundappa Viswanath as his childhood idol and used to take heed to radio commentary concerning the batting nice’s exploits even earlier than witnessing him ply his commerce along with his personal eyes.

“Gundappa Viswanath was my childhood cricket idol and his picture was projected by the commentary I heard on the radio. It was a number of years earlier than I noticed him bat with my very own eyes,” Kapil said while launching the autobiography of Hindi sports commentator, Late Jasdev Singh, titled “On The Wings of Radio Waves A Broadcaster’ Journey”.


The e book is the English model of the autobiography in Hindi, “Main Jasdev Singh Bol Raha Hoon”, compiled, edited and transcribed by his son Gurdev Singh.

“It was listening to the running commentary in radio that I built the image of wristy batsman Viswanath in my mind. Taking clues from the way the commentators used to describe his personality and his batting made him the biggest player in world cricket for me,” mentioned Kapil.

“Just like me, that was how a lot of kids started idolising sportsmen even earlier than tv photos introduced sport direct to their dwelling.”

Viswanath was a prominent member of the Indian team when Kapil made his Test debut in 1978 and they played together for several years. Kapil also got to know Jasdev Singh during some foreign cricket tours.

“The images of sportspersons are often built on their description by the commentators. Sometimes, we players sit back and even think if we are as good as projected by them,” Kapil mentioned.

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