On that day in 1979: G Viswanath's Splendid Hundred defines the series for Ind vs WI

India vs West Indies, Fourth Test, Chennai, January 12-16, 1979:

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Hasi Kamanger

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Gundappa Viswanath delivered a series-defining performance in the 4th test in Chennai 1979 with a great hundred against the West Indies. India won the game and the series 1-0.
India vs. West Indies, Fourth Test, Chennai, Dec. 12-16 January 1979: Sunil Gavaskar led India against a West Indian team led by Alvin Kallicharran and hit by Packer. The streak tied at 0-0 after the first three tests. Chennai hosted the fourth test of the six-game series. The West Indies voted to strike first.
It was a solo performance by the captain as everyone around him fell like carnations. Aside from Kallicharran's 98 of 155 deliveries, there was no other significant contribution from the West Indian batting team. The visitors were thrown for 228 with Kapil Dev choosing 4 wickets.
In an almost mirror-inverted response from India, Gundappa Viswanath produced a master class 124 hammering 17 fours with no other Indian batsman making any significant contribution. The second highest scorer in the innings was "Extras" with 43! Syed Kirmani made 33 and only two other batsmen posted double-digit scores. India still managed to take a slim lead, however, scoring 255 in the first innings. Viswanath had contributed nearly 50% of the team's runs.
It brilliantly absorbed the pressure of the wickets falling around him and still kept the scoreboard ticking. Viswanath competed at 11 for 2 and forged meaningful partnerships with Chetan Chauhan, Anshuman Gaekwad and Syed Kirmani. He was the last man fired for India.
Viswanath held the innings together and without his stroke India would have had trouble breaking the hundred. He mixed caution with aggression about the good deliveries, but punished the bad ones by pushing them to the limit.
Larry Gomes then produced the third solo performance of the match with a fine 91 in the second innings. West Indies had folded at just 151. Kapil Dev picked three wickets again, while Venkataraghavan bagged four. Karsan Ghavri Chips also with 3 wickets.
Viswanath scored again under pressure in the second innings with a fine 31. India, who pursued 125, had been reduced to 17 for 3, but Viswanath and Gaekwad held the ship on with a brave partnership. Kapil Dev scored an unbeaten 26 when India recorded a nerve-wracking win with three wickets in hand.
India had taken a 1-0 lead in the six-game series thanks to the great performance of Gundappa Viswanath.
The fifth and sixth Tests in Delhi and Kanpur ended in a draw, which meant Chennai was the only result test in the series. Viswanath had shown a series-defining performance in Chennai that gave India its first series win at home against the West Indies.