MUMBAI, July 2017: When one thinks of the West Indian batting greats the first name that comes to mind is none other than the mighty Sir Vivian Richards. His unmatched swagger, his trade mark gum chewing and the stare to the bowler was enough to intimidate the very best. Be it England’s Graham Dilley, Australia’s Jeff Thompson all came under the hammer of this cricketing legend. Relive some of his best moments when he graces the screen this week on Viu’s What the Duck 2.
Sir Isaac Vivian Alexander Richards is the another legendary player after Kapil Dev to have been featured on the duck couch in season 2, one of India’s most watched cricket comedy talk show, hosted by Vikram Sathaye.
Cited as one of the most intimidating batsmen of his time, Sir Vivian Richards is quite simply the undisputed master blasters of all times. Viv as he is often referred to puts Tendulkar at a pedestal above all his contemporaries. He gloats about Sachin and regards him as the Shaolin master of Indian cricket. He recollects the time when the little master reached out to him for counselling when he was going through a slump in form. He speaks on the friendship that both of them share. From reassuring Sachin in his worst phase to sharing his exclusive music room and bonding on Elton John, Eric Clapton, Mike Jagger and Bob Marley.
The proud Antiguan who is known to have invented his own batting stance talks about how it wasn’t just an act but the Caribbean way of simple living. On being asked about India, he says that he made his debut in this land and how India has taught him patience. He recalls a funny incident when an Indian physio wanted him to meet his family the next time he visited India. What eventually happened was a comedy of errors when the physio got his immediate and his extended family along with their friends to Viv’s hotel room. His humility speaks for itself when he describes that how despite the man’s intrusion of privacy he hosted them, entertained them and had a good time.
The only regret Viv recalls is not having a brand manager at that time and of not being approached by any chewing gum company for endorsements.
Sir Viv speaks on the aggressive nature of the Aussies. He says how there were banter and mischief on the field but off the field, it would be very cordial. He remembers an incident with Australian icon Dennis Lillee. When he was bowling to Viv, the West Indian icon defended the delivery and while at it, also posed for the photographers. Lillee upon noticing pointed out to him and said,
‘You love yourself, don’t you?’, Viv in his style and with his quick wit responded, ‘I have seen you before and I have learnt well’. Well, he definitely knew his way with both the words and the willow.
The man who never wore a helmet made this episode of What the Duck 2 extra special when he put on a helmet for the very first time and played dummy cricket. What a visual for the fans that would be.
There have been, will be plenty of skilled batsmen in the International circuit, however, none to compare with this West Indian icon. Thank you, Sir Vivian Richards.
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About What The Duck:
What The Duck is a cricket comedy chat show hosted by Vikram Sathaye on the digital platform Viu. Launched alongside the Viu app in 2016, Season One of the show was a swashbuckling success with participating cricketers such as Zaheer Khan and Virender Sehwag launching the property. What The Duck also inspired Viru Ke Funde, a Viu property which established Virender Sehwag as a social media celebrity. Participating in Season Two of the show are Shikhar Dhawan, Ravichandran Ashwin, Rohit Sharma, Sir Vivian Richards, Cheteshwar Pujara, KL Rahul, Hardik Pandya, Parthiv Patel, Kapil Dev and Ajinkya Rahane among others. To Viu What The Duck 2, download the app.