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Indian batsmen who were at the top of the rankings for the highest period

Gundappa Vishwanath is one of the most surprising players on the list.

Top Indian batsman Gundappa Viswanath, circa 1985. (Photo by Adrian Murrell/Getty Images)
Vishwanath was the first Indian batsman to climb to the top spot

Whenever India are chasing a target it is Virat Kohli who more often than not delivers for the team. Take for example the ongoing series against New Zealand.

India have won two and lost two out of the four games that have been played. On both occasions when India clinched the issue it was Kohli who remained unbeaten – on 85 and 154 not out. In the other two ODIs, Kohli made contributions of 17 and 45 and his side could not go past the finishing line.

The over-dependence on the star run-getter is quite evident from this fact and justifies Kohli's position in the top half of the ICC player rankings. In ODIs he is second behind South Africa’s AB De Villiers while in T20s he is at the top spot with 820 points.

Kohli has been quite outstanding in the last few years and thus deserves a place at the top position. For the record, it was Gundappa Viswanath who was the first Indian batsman to make it to the summit.

Here in this article, we look at the Indian batsmen who were at the top of the rankings for the highest period.

#5 Gundappa Viswanath (February 1975 to November 1975)

The wristy batsman from Karnataka not only was the first Indian to top the rankings but also stayed there for a considerable length of time.

Vishwanath had displaced Glenn Turner to perch atop the list on February 20,1975. He was in the spot for nine months but then West Indies legend Alvin Kallicharran toppled him from the top on November 28 of the same year.

During his career which lasted for 14 years, he was always sublime, caressing lethal deliveries to the ropes with ease. His batting was like poetry in motion. He was the top of his game for a long time with the occasional dip in form and a healthy rivalry with Sunil Gavaskar.

Viswanath amassed 6080 runs from the 91 Tests he played in with the highest score of 222. He also played in 25 ODI where he scored 439 runs at an average of 19.95.

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