Viv Richards, the great player, is still a mystery. Arguably the greatest clean-striker of all time, it is still a figment of people’s imagination what he would not have done if he were still playing cricket today. Richards was the sort of hitter that many wished had played T20, as he might easily have set the record for the most expensive player sold in an IPL auction. Many bowler hoped they could forget Richards’ showy batting, coupled with that swagger of a stride, effortlessly shredding the opposing bowling attack while chewing gum.

Richards played at an age when the majority of the frightening fast bowlers were his colleagues, but there were still a few quicks around who might ruffle a few feathers. Jeff Thomson was the quickest bowler Richards has ever taken guard against. Richards could not recall the Australian quick delivering him the quickest ball he has ever seen. Wasim Akram, a young and promising left-arm bowler from Pakistan, was given the honor by Richards.

“One of the fastest deliveries I’ve ever seen, and I feel someone was watching out for me above.” I still had some hair, a mini-Afro, and this one flew past so swiftly that I could hear it hitting the wicketkeeper’s hands, and I said, ‘Wow, wow’. I can remember also saying to the individuals, the batsmen in the West Indies team at the time, ‘Hey man, good luck to you guys, having to face that guy on a regular basis man,’ and I was glad that while he was coming on to the scene, I was going,” Richards told I can remember also saying to the individuals, the batsmen in the West Indies team at the time, ‘Hey man, good luck to you guys, having to face that guy on Wasim was a one-of-a-kind individual. That delivery is still visible to me to this day. “Every now and again, I have nightmares about it,” the former West Indies skipper said.