Another World Cup, same winner. West Indies steamrolled their way to a successive world title on the back of some destructive batting (and bowling) from their No. 3. Australia picked a team of mostly unknowns, thanks to the Packer affair, though West Indies and Pakistan included their rebels. The final featured a brilliant hundred from Richards, an even more brilliant 86 from Collis King, and a destructive five-for from Joel Garner.
|CG Greenidge (WI)||4||253||106*||84.33||62.31|
|IVA Richards (WI)||4||217||138*||108.50||74.06|
|GA Gooch (Eng)||5||210||71||52.50||63.82|
|GM Turner (NZ)||4||176||83*||88.00||56.05|
|JG Wright (NZ)||4||166||69||41.50||50.00|
|M Hendrick (Eng)||5||10||4/15||14.90||2.66|
|BJ McKechnie (NZ)||4||9||3/24||15.66||3.07|
|Asif Iqbal (Pak)||4||9||4/56||17.44||3.34|
|CM Old (Eng)||5||9||4/8||17.44||2.70|
|MA Holding (WI)||4||8||4/33||13.25||2.58|
The last over of the innings was bowled by Mike Hendrick, whose 11 previous ones had cost 36. Mike Brearley, England's captain, had almost everyone back on the ropes as Hendrick ran in to bowl the final delivery. "I had sussed with his long-off and long-on back that it would be fullish to allow me one or two," Viv Richards recalled. "It was the correct ball, much fuller but slightly off the line, and I stepped to the off side and flicked it. I left the field thinking, 'That shot is my invention.'"
West Indies had slipped to 99 for 4 when King joined Richards. What followed was a breathtaking onslaught that turned the match on its head. For once, Richards was for a while outshone. As King reached the middle, Richards offered him some advice. "Hey man, take it easy... we have plenty of time." King was having none of it. "Smokey," he replied, "I ain't gonna let Geoffrey [Boycott] get this, man."