12 best knocks of Sir Viv Richards

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    Below on Sir Viv’s 60th birthday which is today on March 7th I am selecting my favourite 10 innnings of his in order of merit.10 best knocks of Sir Viv Richards.I suggest readers share their suggestions to my selection.

    1.189 not out at Old Trafford V.England –Retrieved a sinking ship with one of the most brutal assaults ever seen on a cricket field Viv depicted the ferocity of a tiger tearing his prey and reminded you of an emperor like Julius Caesar or Alexander conquering territory after territory. The opposition simply looked like pawns on a chess board.

    2.153 not out v.Australia at Brisbane in 1979-80-Arguably the best one day innings ever played in Australai.The likes of Lillee and Thomson looked like cattle walking to aslaughterhouse.

    3..177 in 1977 in Packer World Series Cricket against Australia for Rest of the World. Slaughtered the likes of Lillee and co.with disdain,rarely witnessed in cricket.

    4.79 versus Australia in World series cup supertest in 1977.On one of the most treacherous pitches Viv proved his ability

    5.291 versus England at the Oval in 1976-Domination of the bowling was so complete that it looked almost certain that he would overhaul Gary Sober’s then record score of 365 not out.Reminded one of an emperor commanding his knights

    6.138 not out v England in 1979 Prudential world Cup final-Viv displayed the regality of an emperor and his temperament to rise to the occasion.After getting his eye in he launched one of the most blistering assaults ever seen in World Cup cricket.

    7.76 in the 3rd test at Adelaide in 1979-80 v Australia-perfectly adapted to a very bouncy top and gave a masterly display of strokeplay.

    8.56 ball century at Antigua in 1986 against England-Viv reminded you of a bomber destroying an airbase.

    9.232 at Nottingham in 1976-Brilliant adaptation in difficult conditions.

    10.108 at Delhi v India in 1987-88-Won amatch for his team in arun chase on a difficult wicket.Brilliantly improvised to take his team home to a 275 run target.

    11.208 v Australia at Melbourne-After some loss in form came back with a bang to give one of the best exhibitions of strokeplay seen in Australia.

    12.145 v.England at Lords in 1980-Simply reminded you of W.G.Grace.Infact it reflected Viv’s true genius-a batting style of his very own.

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    Viv Richards as a batsman is in a league of his own. No one else compares to him not even close. His fearless approach to batting backed by his strong talent was in itself a sight for sore eyes. Amazing batsman..
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    The best ever...

    Did he ever whack Imran khan?
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    Viv was so confident in his ability that he batted without a helmet. His shots were extravagant, he walked with a swagger and he took no prisoners. He had an ODI batting strike rate of 90 combined with a batting average of 47.00. Those would be incredible stats in todays world of flat pitches and one bouncer rules.

    However Viv had those stats against the likes of Lillee, Thomson, Hadlee, Botham and Imran when pitches were fast and bowlers even more dangerous because they could bowl as many bouncers as they wanted. It didn't bother Viv though because he could and would hook and pull any batsman straight into the stands.

    Our own Inzamam once batted without a helmet (I think it was at Lords) in tribute to Sir Viv.

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