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Old August 10, 2009, 11:35 AM
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Thumbs up Sir Isaac Vivian Alexander Richards

Sir Viv 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 ...

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







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Old August 10, 2009, 12:26 PM
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Old August 10, 2009, 01:08 PM
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"My my, at WI cricket world did surrendered
Oh Yeah!! and world had met her destiny in quite a similar way
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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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Old August 10, 2009, 01:10 PM
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Check this thread out.
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Old August 10, 2009, 01:14 PM
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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 ...
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Old August 10, 2009, 01:33 PM
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He is the reason why I watched, watch, follow, sleep ( with ) cricket..
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Old August 10, 2009, 01:43 PM
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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.
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Old August 10, 2009, 02:28 PM
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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.

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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.
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Old August 10, 2009, 02:55 PM
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Issac Vivian Richards is the most regal, elegant and in control batsman that I ever knew!! True legend!
Hats off and a salaam!
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It's hard to find batsmen these days who will hit you harder and farther the more you sledge them.
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Old August 10, 2009, 03:12 PM
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Before there were Tamim-Munaf, Ashraful-Price natok there was Viv-"rest of the world" serial.
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It's hard to find batsmen these days who will hit you harder and farther the more you sledge them.
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Before there were Tamim-Munaf, Ashraful-Price natok there was Viv-"rest of the world" serial.
Care to share any anecdotes for the uninitiated? ;-)
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Old August 10, 2009, 03:33 PM
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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.
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Old August 10, 2009, 03:44 PM
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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!!
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Old August 10, 2009, 03:55 PM
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Total cold blooded ownage in the first one!
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Old August 10, 2009, 04:00 PM
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Absolutely amazing...

lol at the sledge as well.
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Old August 10, 2009, 07:37 PM
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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.
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Old August 10, 2009, 08:16 PM
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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......
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Old August 11, 2009, 02:40 PM
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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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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.

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.
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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.
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Old August 12, 2009, 12:56 AM
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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.
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The only batter I saw, who can flick a fast ball pitched in off stump. I am fan of his this shot.
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