Bangalore, July 19: Former India captain GR Viswanath was conferred with an honorary doctorate by the Bangalore University at its annual convocation here on Thursday (July 18).
Viswanath received the honorary doctorate from Karnataka Governor HR Bharadwaj during Bangalore University's 48th convocation here.
The 64-year-old Viswanath said he was honoured to receive the doctorate. Known for his famous late-cut, Viswanath played 91 Tests for India scoring 6,080 runs with 14 hundreds.
Viswanath, after retiring from international cricket in 1983, has been actively involved in coaching in Karnataka. He is currently the chairman of Karnataka State Cricket Association's (KSCA) Academy. He was chairman of BCCI's senior national selection committee and also batting coach at National Cricket Academy (NCA). He also served as ICC match referee.
Viswanath has won BCCI's Lifetime Achievement Award (CK Nayudu Award) in 2009 and is also the recipient of Padma Shri.
Recently, another former India captain Anil Kumble was also conferred honorary doctorate by the University of Mysore.