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'The win was great for West Indies cricket'
1975, part four: Clive Lloyd on the final: the crowd support, Richards' run-outs, and the chaos at the end (00:00)
January 24, 2011
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1975 with Clive Lloyd
'The win was great for West Indies cricket'January 24, 2011
The final was played on June 21, 1975. Ian Chappell, Australia's captain, was surprised by the support West Indies had at Lord's.
Clive Lloyd: We had a lot of people living in Brixton and other places, and we had a lot of people come in. We had a full house - more West Indians than Australians. We weren't unhappy with the situation. We knew we had support. It was a hot and beautiful day and good for cricket. It was full house at Lord's playing the first final and being in the first final.
Australia won the toss and chose to field first, and Clive Lloyd played one of the best innings of his life.
CL: I think what we did was we tossed, The home side normally tosses. It was a gorgeous day. It was hot and boiling over with West Indians and was a good spectacle. There were a few nerves around because it was the first World Cup final and we were not the favourites and we were up against the tough, professional Australians, who were ruling the world at the moment. When we went out to bat, we lost a couple of early wickets; Roy Fredericks hit a six but then he trod on his stumps. I went out to bat and I met Rohan Kanhai. I was dropped at midwicket by Ross Edwards. But from then on everything hit the middle. Rohan was playing beautifully too. So the two of us repaired the situation and put us in a strong position. We knew that once we got to over 250 it would be a winning total, and when we got out Deryck Murray and the others chipped in nicely and we got to 291. The signs saying the cup is ours were already up.
Australia seemed well-placed to challenge the total at 81 for 1, but Viv Richards turned the match with three sensational run-outs that accounted for the Chappell brothers. Two of these were direct hits.
CL:The point was, they did not know much about Viv because he was just coming through - whether he had a good arm or not. And he had a tremendous arm. He got onto the ball quickly and at times they were injudicious when they decided to go for a couple of singles. He was right there. He pounced on it and his throw was right over the stumps and one of the Australian batsmen was stranded. He was electric when we were in the field.
It seemed all over at 233 for 9. Jeff Thomson and Dennis Lillee put together a partnership and things started getting close.
CL: It got very close in the end because the last pair needed 30-odd in seven overs and the ball was going to the crowds and the crowds were thinking they had won, and these guys were running up and down. Dickie Bird told them: "Sorry, we'll give you the four or whatever it was." There was mayhem at one stage where the crowd came on to the field and these guys kept running. It was chaotic. Eventually when Deryck ran out Jeff Thomson, the crowd came on and it was memorable.
It was an unforgettable day to see the West Indians happy. We threw some bottles of champagne down to the guys who were supporting us and one of them drank it too quickly and it was going up his nose. But it was great for our cricket because we were world champions for four years, and I was new to captaincy. It did a lot for our cricket because the monetary side of it was very good.
We could never have reciprocity situation with the Australians or the Indians or the English because they had more people. We had small stadiums and our population was just over five million people but we could now ask for more money because we were coming as world champions. We didn't have any money at that time, and winning the World Cup gave us a lot more money. The further you got into the competition, the more money you got. We were broke during that period when we started. The prize money was something around £500-1000. Our fee for the tournament was £100. Those days money wasn't talked about. We just wanted to play. It is good to see nowadays that cricketers are being paid a fair wage for their toil.
To me it gave our cricket the lift that was needed, as well as for countries like India and Sri Lanka. That was the birth of ODI cricket because it was well supported with TV, spectators, and it was really good for the game. Another part of the game was coming through - one-day cricket. We played good, intelligent cricket and were deserved winners. Australia played as tough as they normally do and they too were worthy finalists. It was a terrific tournament and I was glad to have been part of it. Having won it for the first time it was excellent.
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