Published: Monday, September 4, 2000, 18:23 [IST]
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Did this exemplary performance with the willow put you on cloud nine?

I was very happy as even the Australian players praised my batting. I was really delighted when Sir Don Bradman himself congratulated me for my batting. It was something very, very special. And the then Australian Prime Minister Robert Menzes also congratulated me for that two tons in a single Test.

How did it feel to get the wicket of Sir Don Bradman?

Yes, I got the wicket of Sir Don Bradman not once but twice. I normally used to bowl outswingers, I however bowled one delivery which came in and bowled Bradman. It was a sight to behold. In the same series again I got Bradman's wicket and believe me those two wickets are my most prized possessions.

How was it to face Kieth Miller and Lindwall in that series?

Both were different types of bowlers but were really quick and dangerous. I remember Miller used to bowl so many bouncers and that I used to play down the ground and never in the air. Lindwall never wasted his energy that way. He was always after your wicket and I had to be careful against him.

Can you say something about your contemporary Indian cricketers?

All were very good. I had a very good friendship with Vijay Merchant and we had many good partnerships. Vinoo Mankad was exceptional and Lala Amarnath was always forceful.

Do you have anything to say about the criticism that you were very defensive as captain during the 1952-53 West Indies series?

No, I don't think I was very defensive. I led the side well, but other team was more strong and won.

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