Richards runs out three
London, June 21, 1975
Many one-day games are completely unmemorable, the details hazy the morning after the game, let alone years or decades later. That's probably because there are so many of them now: like London buses, there will be another one along in a minute. But back in 1975, during the first World Cup, they had a certain novelty, which has meant that several incidents have stuck in the mind. From the final alone, there's Roy Fredericks hooking Dennis Lillee out of Lord's, only to tread on his stumps; there's Clive Lloyd's thumping century, and his partnership with the almost strokeless, grey-haired Rohan Kanhai; there's the chaotic end, with hundreds of fans running onto the ground after a catch off a no-ball.
And then there are Viv Richards' run-outs. Odd that the Master Blaster's first big impact on English cricket was as a fielder: three successive - and vital - wickets fell to Viv's golden arm. Opener Alan Turner for 40, Greg Chappell to another direct hit for 15 after a stop-start mix-up with his brother, and finally and vitally, Ian Chappell himself, beaten by a majestic pick-up and side-armed flick back to the bowler. That was 162 for 4, and Australia's top order literally thrown out.
In those days giving the Man-of-the-Match award to a fielder would have been a bit too adventurous, and Lloyd got it for his terrific ton. But it was Richards who won that first final.
Steven Lynch is the editor of the Cricinfo Guide to International Cricket. This article was first published in the print version of Cricinfo Magazine