Sir Viv relives WCup triumph
BRIDGETOWN, Barbados (CMC):
West Indies cricket legend Sir Vivian Richards yesterday recalled the epic day 40 years ago when he was a member of the great West Indies team which won the first-ever Cricket World Cup staged in England.
The Caribbean side, led by now-chairman of selectors, Clive Lloyd, trounced Australia by 17 runs in the final at Lords, held on June 21, 1975.
Sir Viv played a key role in the match with three run outs, while Lloyd hit a sparking century to win the Man of the Match award. He later lifted the cup in front of adoring fans, in a historic moment for the Caribbean.
"Hearing the guys speak about it today, I said, 'Wow, Viv, ... you've come a long way ... 40 years ago, already.' I'm 63 now, and to be here alive to celebrate that particular precious moment in West Indies history fills me with great joy," Sir Viv said.
"To be on that team with the magnificent players we had is something special and truly significant in my life and my cricketing career.
"I can remember that day like it was yesterday. That was one of the greatest days of my cricket life. It was so great to play so hard and so well, and win the World Cup for the West Indies. That was a great team with some really great men in the side, and we were all so delighted to win that day."
Sir Viv was speaking as the special guest player at the West Indies Retired Players Foundation's inaugural Golf Day at the Sandy Lane Country Club, overlooking Barbados' scenic west coast.
The event was jointly hosted by the West Indies Cricket Board and the West Indies Players Association, and also supported by the Caribbean Premier League and sponsors, Digicel.