[caption id="attachment_658300" align="aligncenter" width="628"]<img class="size-full wp-image-658300 " alt="Gundappa Viswanath revealed how he managed to duck a fatal bouncer Getty Images" src="https://www.cricketcountry.com/wp-content/uploads/2017/11/viswanath-gi.jpg" width="628" height="355" /> Gundappa Viswanath revealed how he managed to duck a fatal bouncer Getty Images[/caption] <p></p> <p></p><a href="https://www.cricketcountry.com/teams/india" target="_blank">Indian</a> batsmen have invariably struggled against a quality pace attack. Getting complements from one of the all-time greatest pacers is something that Indian batsmen might cherish all their lives, and same is the case with <a href="https://www.cricketcountry.com/players/gundappa-viswanath" target="_blank">Gundappa Viswanath</a>. Viswanath, in a recent interview, revealed that <a href="https://www.cricketcountry.com/players/dennis-lillee" target="_blank">Dennis Lillee</a> had once praised him, saying he found Viswanath superior to <a href="https://www.cricketcountry.com/players/sunil-gavaskar" target="_blank">Sunil Gavaskar</a>. <p></p> <p></p><strong>'Was once scared of West Indies pacer'</strong> <p></p> <p></p>When asked if he was afraid of fast bowlers, Viswanath told <em>The Times of India</em>, "Not afraid, but I got scared once. On the '71 tour, (Vanburn) Holder was pretty quick that time, upcoming paceman. We played a four-day game against Barbados. Overnight, I was 14 not out. One ball which he dug in short, I went to play back. I thought it would go over my head, but it skidded on. There was no helmet and luckily I saw it at the last minute and went down, I touched the ground with both my hands. It was the last ball of the over. (Gary) Sobers walked past me and said `Almost Nari'. At first I didn't get what he said. Then I realized he was talking about Nari Contractor, that incident of him getting hit." <p></p> <p></p>Nari Contractor was hit by a bouncer as he had tried to play a similar shot while leading India. As a result, he sustained fatal injuries and had to be hospitalised. Though his physical conditions recovered, he never made a comeback to the national side after the incident. <p></p> <p></p><strong>'Lillee called me little giant man'</strong> <p></p> <p></p>"That night I felt I was lucky. I didn't get hit. More than scared, I didn't want to get hurt. Jeff Thomson bowled one spell 1977-78, the quickest I have faced. That evening, (Bob) Simpson was in the same lift and he asked me, `How did you manage that? I kept two fielders there (shortleg and silly-point) and Thommo got all the Pommies there -out of 40 wickets, he got 28 caught there. But you are dropping it down, beautiful. What control!' I said, thank you. That sort of makes you feel good. You enjoy hearing those things - Dennis Lillee once called me, 'little giant man' and said, ' I like your brother-in-law (Sunil Gavaskar), but I like you much more. You are made of steel.' These kind of compliments stay with you. Make you feel, thank God I played and I'm still alive."