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Though Venkat’s stats were not as dis­tin­guished as those of oth­ers in In­dia’s famed quar­tet, and his vari­a­tions and flight not as no­table, he was in­dis­pens­able to them, of­ten set­ting up op­po­si­tion by build­ing pres­sure with ac­cu­rate off-spin. Venkat would oc­ca­sion­ally break out and star on his own, though, and his 8-72 against New Zealand at age 20 was the best in­nings per­for­mance of any of the four­some. In 1970-71, a golden pe­riod for In­dia hap­pened to co­in­cide with Venkat’s most pro­lific suc­cess. Be­fore de­feat­ing Eng­land, the team went to the Caribbean, and he took 5-95 in a rare away vic­tory in the Sec­ond Test at Port-of-Spain. It also gave In­dia the se­ries, 1-0.

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