Ian Chappell picks the best performances on cricket's biggest stage

'If you are going to lose, the man you'd like to see beat you is Clive Lloyd'

Ian Chappell on Clive Lloyd's century in the first World Cup final (00:00)


Great World Cup Performances

'If you are going to lose, the man you'd like to see beat you is Clive Lloyd'

Clive Lloyd carves the ball through the off side, Australia v West Indies, World Cup final, Lord's, June 21, 1975
Lloyd and his big bat: bludgeoned bowlers left and right © PA Photos

The 1975 World Cup, the first one, was memorable for the great final in which the West Indies captain, Clive Lloyd, made a century.

The good thing to me about the 1975 World Cup was that the two best teams, and the two most aggressive teams, got to the final. It was important in my book because we kept being told, the Australian team, by the English cricket writers that we did not know how to play the game - because it was a containment game and not an attacking game. Well, the two teams that got to the final both attacked.

We attacked early after we won the toss and sent West Indies in; we got three quick wickets and then Clive Lloyd came in. He batted us from one side of Lord's to the other. He got a hundred, I think, off about 85 balls, and it was a typical Clive Lloyd innings. He used to have this big bat with a really thick handle, and he used it to bludgeon the bowlers. I think he might have given one chance early on, which we dropped, not knowing at that time that it was going to cost us the World Cup final.

Lloyd had the habit of making runs in finals matches at the Lord's. He had done it for Lancashire and on this occasion he did it for West Indies. Nobody likes to lose a final, but if you are going to lose, then the man you would like to see beat you is Clive Lloyd, because he was a lovely bloke and he was a very aggressive batsman.

The other thing that I remember about the 1975 final was that it was a very long day. In fact, Rodney Marsh and I spent 14 hours in our creams that day. We arrived at 10am for the game, and after West Indies had won, and the presentation on the field, we went down to the West Indies dressing room to have a drink with them, and Rodney and I finished up in the Tavern Bar, with Clive Lloyd. Lloyd by that stage had had a shower and changed into his suit. But Rodney and I were still in our creams at midnight. So we had been at Lord's in our creams for 14 hours, and unfortunately we were on the losing side thanks to a hundred by Clive Lloyd.

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