Mumbai: Not for the sheer quality of cricket, but the India-England Test (1979-80) at the Wankhede Stadium (to commemorate the Golden Jubilee of Board of Control for Cricket in India) will go down in history as one of the leading lights in this rivalry for three prominent reasons: Gundappa Vishwanath's sportsmanship, Ian Botham's extraordinary all-round performance (6-58, 114 and 7-48), and Bob Taylor's world record of 10 catches.
Indian skipper Vishwanath allowed Taylor to stay put at the crease despite Hanumantha Rao adjudging him caught-behind off Kapil Dev at a critical stage in the Test. Taylor then went to amass a record sixth-wicket stand of 171 with Ian Botham. The 'honest culprit' behind India's 10-wicket defeat still doesn't regret the incident: "I never regretted it, and still don't. People are entitled to their opinion but that does not bother me.
"As a captain, I did what was right at the stage without thinking about the final result. It was clear that he (Taylor) was not out and that was the only thing that mattered," Vishwanath said. "Whatever we would have done in those five days, Botham was just too good and would have probably won it for England either way," added Vishwanath.