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Sohel
August 10, 2009, 11:35 AM
Sir Viv (http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Viv_Richards) made me a cricket fan when I was about 7 or 8. Nobody has made batting look easier or more graceful since. The epitome of unmitigated aggression perfectly balanced with imperial cool. Posting some vids here to introduce some of the younger BC members who may have never seen this most perfect of all naturals ... :notworthy:

Please feel free to post comments about your experiences watching the man do his thing. Enjoy ...

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Zeeshan
August 10, 2009, 12:26 PM
:notworthy:

Tigers_eye
August 10, 2009, 01:08 PM
"My my, at WI cricket world did surrendered
Oh Yeah!! and world had met her destiny in quite a similar way
The history book on the shelf
Is always repeating itself

Vivian - They were defeated, you won the war
Vivian - promise to kick as$ ever more
Vivian - couldn't escape if they wanted to
Vivian - knowing they would piss seeing you
Vivian - finally facing the continuous boo"
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See Fav Player ;)

Tigers_eye
August 10, 2009, 01:10 PM
Check this thread out. :)
http://www.banglacricket.com/alochona/showthread.php?t=29258&highlight=Richards

Sohel
August 10, 2009, 01:14 PM
Good dig Miju, forgot about that. Whatever happened to Ehteshamul? Such an interesting and polite young man incurring no doubt the justified wrath of Les Mods de BC.

The ONLY great thing about watching Z Sports is all the old cricket they show ... :)

Beamer
August 10, 2009, 01:33 PM
He is the reason why I watched, watch, follow, sleep ( with ) cricket..

WI4EVER
August 10, 2009, 01:43 PM
I remember when Viv first started he was no complete batsman, he used to take balls from outside off-stump and flick it through midwicket effortlessly.

So the Australians began focusing on a 9 inches outside off-stump, that was more like "off-stump" to him. They had their success, they had him caught in the slips, off the edge a few times.....

But it was the biggest mistake they ever made, because they not only turned him into the best leg side player in the world, but he was now one of the best off-side players as well.

Watching FC Cricket in Guyana, I remember how on the international arena he was the hardest hitter of the cricket ball. I disagree. There was a man by the name of Collis King who could hit the ball harder than Viv, I watched both play First Class cricket, no doubt who the better cricketer was, but I think Collis was a harder hitter. However, the most complete hitter I've ever seen is without a doubt Viv.

Tigers_eye
August 10, 2009, 02:28 PM
Good dig Miju, forgot about that. Whatever happened to Ehteshamul? Such an interesting and polite young man incurring no doubt the justified wrath of Les Mods de BC.

The ONLY great thing about watching Z Sports is all the old cricket they show ... :)
Monologs are fine in a blog settings. :)

I love you, you love me. I dislike you, you dislike me. Welcome to Forum.
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Dear WI4EVER,
Can you recall some of his domestic innings that has eched in your heart? Would be nice to read something for the first time on Viv.

bujhee kom
August 10, 2009, 02:55 PM
Issac Vivian Richards is the most regal, elegant and in control batsman that I ever knew!! True legend!
Hats off and a salaam!

AsifTheManRahman
August 10, 2009, 03:04 PM
It's hard to find batsmen these days who will hit you harder and farther the more you sledge them.

Tigers_eye
August 10, 2009, 03:12 PM
Before there were Tamim-Munaf, Ashraful-Price natok there was Viv-"rest of the world" serial.

Zeeshan
August 10, 2009, 03:18 PM
It's hard to find batsmen these days who will hit you harder and farther the more you sledge them.

Before there were Tamim-Munaf, Ashraful-Price natok there was Viv-"rest of the world" serial.

Care to share any anecdotes for the uninitiated? ;-)

Zunaid
August 10, 2009, 03:25 PM
He is the one and only Master Blaster.

Tigers_eye
August 10, 2009, 03:33 PM
West Indian Viv Richards, who'd played and missed at several balls. Foolishly, the bowler piped up: "Hey Viv, it's red and it's round."

Next delivery the ball was out of the park.

"You know what it looks like, now go fetch it". It was King Viv's response to England and Glamorgan paceman, Greg Thomas's stupid idea to taunt him.

Tigers_eye
August 10, 2009, 03:44 PM
Marshall to Boon: asked him: "Are you going to get out soon, David, or do I have to come around the wicket and kill you?"

Those were the good old days!!

Zeeshan
August 10, 2009, 03:55 PM
Total cold blooded ownage in the first one!

bangla-red
August 10, 2009, 04:00 PM
:notworthy:

Absolutely amazing...

lol at the sledge as well.

IanW
August 10, 2009, 07:37 PM
I'm still going to say, great batsman as he was, he just couldnt play legspin.

He was Abdul Qadir's bunny, he couldnt play BoB Holland and he wasnt darn lucky never to face Warne.

WI4EVER
August 10, 2009, 08:16 PM
One of my great Viv memories was when he would be sledged by the average bowler, he would point to the scoreboard, after that the bowler was his......

Tigers_eye
August 11, 2009, 02:40 PM
Total cold blooded ownage in the first one!
From his account, he never ever ever lost a starring battle with any bowler he faced.

As cunning as he was, he knew the bowler must go back to his spot thus turn around, lol. Later revealed after his retirement.
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While watching him play, as if it was Gayle and Lara combined. Carefree but authoritive. Chewing his gum as if there was no tomorrow, the game was too easy to him and all bowlers are street cricketers. Yes, he got out just like others but mentally he owned them. Never to wear a helmet. And why would he need one anyway when he had faced the world's most fearsome attack at the nets with just a cap.

AsifTheManRahman
August 11, 2009, 02:55 PM
And why would he need one anyway when he had faced the world's most fearsome attack at the nets with just a cap.
Indeed indeed.

But what happens when you have the same kind of arrogance coming from a batsman from the UAE? Remember Sultan Zarwani against Allan Donald in the '96 WC game? Furthermore, he promised to continue to bat bear-headed after that. :D

There was also this one time that Viv scared the s**t out of an Aussie bowler when he took him by the collar in his locker room at the end of the day. The man pinned his opponent to the wall and was pretty damn pissed. “If you are going to call me a black bastard, how observant of you to notice that I am black, but do you have the documentation to prove I am a bastard?”

I think international captains banned their players from sledging him at one point.

RazabQ
August 11, 2009, 04:47 PM
There was the famous "we'll make them Grovel" comment by Tony Greig. Viv kinda made Mr. Greig swallow those words with a healthy size 10 boot down the throat.

Rifat
August 11, 2009, 05:34 PM
Believing is seeing

BANFAN
August 12, 2009, 12:56 AM
Great Player; interms of skill & attitude. A Hero of modern days cricket; what he did at that time; Was hard to believe without seeing him do. Changed the perspective of game altogether. One of my all time favorites with out any doubt.

Imteaz
August 12, 2009, 06:04 AM
The only batter I saw, who can flick a fast ball pitched in off stump. I am fan of his this shot. :)

nobody
August 16, 2009, 01:52 AM
Everybody forgot how good fielder he was. He won WC75 by his fielding. I think WI ran out 5 aussies, 4 of which was done by Viv from cover

BangladeshFan
August 20, 2009, 01:02 PM
Indeed indeed.

But what happens when you have the same kind of arrogance coming from a batsman from the UAE? Remember Sultan Zarwani against Allan Donald in the '96 WC game? Furthermore, he promised to continue to bat bear-headed after that. :D

There was also this one time that Viv scared the s**t out of an Aussie bowler when he took him by the collar in his locker room at the end of the day. The man pinned his opponent to the wall and was pretty damn pissed. “If you are going to call me a black bastard, how observant of you to notice that I am black, but do you have the documentation to prove I am a bastard?”

I think international captains banned their players from sledging him at one point.

i wonder if one can get away with a "black bastard" comment in any other international sport?

BangladeshFan
August 20, 2009, 01:17 PM
i remember in 1988 i was very young watching cricket with my grandfather. it was an odi match between India and WI. I was supporting India and my grandpa supporting WI. WI was chasing a good indian total and it seemed like india was winning. Suddenly came richards, he hit 3 consecutive 6s off shastri and the whole game changed. I was so upset that I went away from the room, and heard my grandpa shouting "atleast come and watch the 6s, they are going out of the stadium", he hit another 4 sixers after that and won the match for WI.

Tigers_eye
August 20, 2009, 10:35 PM
i remember in 1988 i was very young watching cricket with my grandfather. it was an odi match between India and WI. I was supporting India and my grandpa supporting WI. WI was chasing a good indian total and it seemed like india was winning. Suddenly came richards, he hit 3 consecutive 6s off shastri and the whole game changed. I was so upset that I went away from the room, and heard my grandpa shouting "atleast come and watch the 6s, they are going out of the stadium", he hit another 4 sixers after that and won the match for WI.
Priceless. Thank you for sharing.