Legendary Pakistan fast bowler Wasim Akram has recently recalled an incident in which iconic West Indies batsman Sir Viv Richards scared him senseless, during a series that ended with a fiery Test match, in Barbados, in 1988.
Pakistan had strolled to a 9 wickets win over the West Indies in the first Test before the teams drew the second encounter. The famed West Indies were left battling to stave off defeat when Akram remembers the clash with Richards in the final Test.
“He would have hit me a lot in 1988. He was a muscular guy and I was very skinny. It was the last over of the day and I was bowling at a good pace. I had realised by then that I had become fast. Viv Richards realised I was a difficult bowler and saw I had a quick-arm action. I bowled a bouncer at him, and his cap fell off. Getting Viv Richards cap to fall was a big deal,” Akram revealed in a recent talk with cricket commentator Aakash Chopra.
“There was no match referee back then and I went up to him and sledged him in my broken English. He spat after staring at me and said ‘don’t do this man’. I understood nothing but just the man’s word. I said okay, no worries and went to my captain Imran Khan and told him Richards was warning not to abuse him or else he will beat me up. Imran Khan said don’t worry about that and just bowl him, bouncers. I bowled him a bouncer again and abused him after he ducked. On the last ball of the day, I bowled an in-swinger and he was bowled. I went up to him and gave him a good send-off, shouted go back and all,” he added.
According to Akram, who had Richards caught for 67 in the first innings, before dismissing him for 39 in the second, the issue was far from concluded. (www.sportsmax.tv)