West Indian legend Viv Richards is remembered by cricket lovers for his attacking type of batting in addition to his swagger on the pitch. Richards was a fierce competitor and he gave his greatest each time he was on the bottom. He performed at a time when pitches had been uncovered and there was no rule to restrict the variety of bouncers a bowler may bowl. Yet, he determined by no means to put on the helmet and braced up to face a number of the quickest bowlers that teh recreation has ever seen.
In a chat with former Australian all-rounder Shane Watson, Richards revealed the reason behind not wearing the protecting gear.
“The passion for the game I felt was such that I wouldn’t mind dying playing something that I love. If this is what I chose and I go down here, what better way is there to go,” mentioned Richards on Watson’s podcast.
“I have looked at other sportsmen and women who I have a lot of respect for doing it to an extreme level. I see a guy driving a Formula 1 racing car, what could be more dangerous than that?” mentioned Richards, to which Watson jokingly replied, “Facing 150kph without a helmet?”
The two time World Cup winner performed 187 Test matches for West Indies, during which he scored 8540 runs at a mean of 50.23. He additionally scored 6721 runs at a mean of 47 in 187 ODIs. He narrated a narrative about how he selected to not put on a mouthpiece given to him by his dentist in order that he may chew gum.
“One of my dentists made me a mouthpiece and all and I tried it a few times but I always enjoyed my chewing gum. You have 11 men out there and the umpires — you felt outnumbered. And that was my little piece,” mentioned Richards.
“It made me sort of look cool, calmed me down, it gave me sort of a rhythm. That was a companion for me at the time. I made sure every time before I walked out there I had a chewing gum in my mouth. It got a bit stale if you are batting long enough but it was all good. So I did away with the mouthpiece.”