New Delhi: Sir Vivian Richards’s name is taken with great respect in the cricket world, it is because he achieved that point in his time, where it is not easy to reach. Richards has done many great feats in international cricket, but his most talked about one innings was against England. Just 36 years before today, he had made a very big personal score of the ODI Cricket.
In 1984, the West Indies team went on a tour of England, on 31 May the first match of the ODI series was played at the Old Trafford ground in Manchester. West Indies won the toss and decided to bat first but they started poorly. Vivian Richards came to bat at number four and started to rain fours and sixes, by the end of the innings he had scored an unbeaten 189 runs. This was the highest one-day personal score at that time, before Kapil Dev scored 175 * runs in the World Cup, almost a year ago.
In 1997, Pakistan’s Saeed Anwar broke the world record of Vivian Richards by playing an innings of 194 against Team India. Although there are many batsmen who have scored double centuries in ODIs in today’s era, such a big personal score was rarely made in Richards’s time. By scoring 189 * runs in ODIs, a new target for future batsmen was set. But the biggest embarrassment anyone had to face with this innings was that the England team, the British would like to forget this innings as a bad dream.