One of the famous Indian Spin Quartet cricketers, he had one of the longest Test careers of any Indian player.
His Test debut came at age 20 against New Zealand in 1965.
He became a cricket administrator and managed the Indian Test side after his retirement from playing in the 1980's.
His family is from Chennai.
He and E.A.S. Prasanna were both members of the famous Indian Spin Quartet of the 1970's.