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Sir Viv dismisses Ramdin jibe

Published:Monday | June 11, 2012 | 12:00 AM

BIRMINGHAM, England (CMC):

Legendary West Indies batsman Sir Vivian Richards has brushed off Denesh Ramdin's controversial jibe during the fourth day of the final Test here yesterday.

On reaching his second Test hundred, Ramdin celebrated by waving a piece of paper with the words "Yeah Viv Talk Nah" scribbled, and pointing it in the direction of the media centre at Edgbaston.

Sir Viv, now a pundit with BBC's Test Match Special, criticised Ramdin following the Trent Bridge Test saying he had "deteriorated in such a big way".

"It's been a long time coming. If you are good enough, the chances certainly are you are going to get it done," Sir Viv said.

"Let's not forget it's in a losing cause. Scoring a hundred when you are the team winning, that's excellent stuff. He should be quite happy, and humble in himself."

He continued: "[But] if you are losing 5-0 in a football match and you score a goal in the 90th minute, you shouldn't be running around jumping for joy.

"I wouldn't be happy with that. I set my standards a bit higher. I'm glad he got the motivation to get himself going."

second century in 45 Tests

Ramdin's century was only his second in 45 Tests and he averages a meagre 23.

He was recalled for the Test tour of England following a two-year break after being dropped for poor form.

Sir Viv, one of Wisden's five cricketers of the 20th century, scored 8540 runs from 121 Tests at an average of 50, with 26 centuries.

He never lost a series in his 11-year tenure as West Indies Test captain.