West Indies legend sir Viv Richards hails Indian cricketers, especially Virat Kohli. The legendary batsman said Indian Test captain has “fire in the belly and talent makes him special”.
The Indian Test captain in the first match of the West Indies tour scored an unbeaten hundred (143*) at the end of the first day at the Sir Vivian Richards Stadium in Antigua.
Viv was asked by The Telegraph journalist how Virat Kohli has emerged as the most dominating and successful batsman in the world, the former right-handed batsman said, “Let me put it this way… Kohli has that urge, has the will to succeed… Fire in the belly plus talent makes Kohli special… I saw that fire in the 2014-15 Test series in Australia. Kohli got four hundreds in the four matches, sadly India didn’t win any of those Tests.”
When asked what makes success easier Viv said, “The will to go out and do it. You need the drive to rise above the rest. Kohli has that quality.”
Indian players also has a special place in the heart of the two times World Cup winners as Indian cricketers respect all senior cricketers across the globe. “The Indian cricketers haven’t lost some of the values which aren’t there everywhere. Values such as respect… I enjoyed the interaction with your boys,” Viv stated. The West Indies great has had a special chat with the Indian cricketers before the start of the series.
The current Test match between West Indies and India is being played at a stadium which is named after great Vivian Richards. The stadium is built by the Chinese government as the Caribbean islands are strategically important to international politics.
The stadium named after the most renowned man of the island Viv himself. When Viv was asked, how does it feel to have a trendy stadium in your honour? Viv summed it up in one word, “humbling”. In 2007 Viv for the first time walked into this ground when he shed tears. “I shed a tear, for it was overwhelming. I’m grateful,” Viv said.
As the stadium named after Viv so, the man himself doesn’t need any ticket to enter the stadium. But Viv never wants people to raise a question about him or him has to face strange situations. He recalled a moment, “( Laughs) Never take a chance. You know what happened to Sunny (Sunil Gavaskar) at Lord’s in the 1980s!”
Viv his popular here and everybody respect him in his own island. But Viv never wants to take a chance, so he said, “Perhaps it’s because I’ve never flown too high. Those who do stay in the clouds actually come down crashing hard… I’m one of these folks, one of their own… My feet have always been on the ground, never flown high.”
Meanwhile, there is a talk that Viv will open his own clinics to help underprivileged children to play cricket in Antigua and Barbuda. He said, the name of the clinics will be Four Knights Academy.
But who are the Four Knights, Viv said, “Sir Andy Roberts, Sir Richie Richardson, Sir Curtly Ambrose and the person you’re talking to.”
The man takes him to reveal a secret of his life. He has an Indian connection everybody knows that, but, does anyone know he uses Range Rover of Indian care maker Tata? Viv’s black Range Rover has a special nameplate-MMNM. It is a personalized nameplate. What is the secret?
“As the Tatas have bought over Range Rover, I’m using an Indian car! Well, I could have had my initials, but have the initials of my daughters… Matara (35), Mali, Nikka and Masaba… I wanted them on the number plate… No secret, just a special mention for my daughters. They’re special for me,” Viv said, with a smile on his face.