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Bare fig­ures de­liver no jus­tice to Gupte. Garry Sobers be­lieves to this day he was a bet­ter leg-spin­ner than Warne. Gupte played at a time when In­dian teams fea­tured the world’s worst field­s­men.

At Kan­pur in 1958–59, he took on the pow­er­ful Caribbean bats­men, and in one in­nings dis­missed nine of them for 102. The only bats­man he missed had been dropped.

At 6-88, cap­tain Ghu­lam Ahmed baf­flingly re­moved Gupte from the at­tack and brought him­self on, let­ting the Windies off the hook, as Joe Solomon and Gerry Alexan­der stead­ied with a 100 part­ner­ship. San­ity was re­stored – Gupte was brought back and re­moved Solomon, be­fore ’keeper Tamhane dropped Gibbs. We can’t blame Tamhane. Through­out his Test ca­reer, it seemed Gupte mys­ti­fied team-mates as much as he did the op­po­si­tion, and dozens of chances were grassed off his bowl­ing.

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