June 18, 2012

West Indies cricket

Viv Richards on the West Indies legacy

Carlyle Laurie

Former West Indies captain Viv Richards tells former England captain Nasser Hussain, in the Daily Mail, that he is proud of the legacy left behind by the powerful West Indies side of the 1980s.

There was a legacy a long time before I came in and it was my job to take the baton and make sure I held it tight and ran like hell. Clive Lloyd did a magnificent job. You hear people say it was easy for Clive as captain because he had great players, but that’s bulls**t. We never started out as a great team. There were a lot of individuals who hadn’t quite done it and we had to have a leader. Clive was it. I looked up to him. We got beat 5-1 in Australia and Clive said to me over a drink ‘the only way we’re going to compete with these guys, Viv, is having four guys who can bowl just as fast as them or even faster’. We never looked back once we had established that.

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