Adieu Derek Underwood, Sunil Gavaskar’s nemesis | Cricket News – Times of India

Adieu Derek Underwood, Sunil Gavaskar's nemesis | Cricket News - Times of India

Mumbai: Derek UnderwoodEngland’s best spinner in the post-World War II era who excelled at dismissing the legendary opener. Sunil GavaskarHe died on Monday at the age of 78.
The left-arm spinner, popularly known as ‘Deadly’, took 297 wickets, the highest wicket-taker. England spinners 86 Tests in a brilliant 16-year career from 1966 to 1982. He enjoyed an even more glorious time for Kent in 24 years. First class carrierIn which he took 2,465 wickets.
Known for his quick delivery through the air and accuracy through long run-ups, Underwood was a terror to batsmen in an era of exposed wickets in England and elsewhere.
From 1971–82, Underwood enjoyed many battles with India’s famous batsmen, who were masters of quality spin, taking 62 wickets in 20 Tests against them.
When India famously won the Oval Test in 1971, Underwood, who took 3/72 in that second innings, was the biggest threat they overcame as they chased down 173.
In the 1972–73 series in India – Sunil Gavaskar’s first at home – he took the legendary opener’s wicket four times in 10 innings. All Gavaskar scored in this series were two half-centuries in five Tests.
In total, he dismissed Gavaskar 12 times in Tests, the most times any bowler has achieved his number. In the 1976–77 series, Underwood took 29 wickets in five Tests to help England to a 3–1 victory in India. He took the wicket of Gavaskar six times during this series.
Gavaskar and former Indian captain Dilip Vengsarkarwho played a six-Test series against Underwood at home in 1981, spoke to TOI and paid tribute to Underwood.
“It’s really sad (his death). What a bowler and above all what a lovely man. Cricket has become poorer with his demise. RIP ‘Mahalik,'” Gavaskar told TOI.
In an interview during his playing days, Gavaskar, when asked about the toughest spinner he faced, mentioned Underwood.
Gavaskar said, “Among the spinners, Underwood was one of the toughest I faced. He was a fast bowler who would sometimes fly the ball. One had to be very alert. He was the most Andy Roberts was the toughest bowler I faced.”
Vengsarkar said, “Underwood had amazing accuracy. I played against him in the home series against England in 1981. During the Test in Bangalore, Gavaskar and I enjoyed a partnership of 93 runs. However, Underwood tied us down a lot, because he was so accurate, he could even turn the ball, he was a master of the art of left-arm spin.”

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