Sir Viv Richards: West Indies legend displays on his profession and affect on his seventieth birthday

Sir Viv Richards: West Indies legend reflects on his career and influence on his 70th birthday


Venue: Sir Vivian Richards Stadium, Antigua Dates: 8-12 March Time: 14:00 GMT
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Sir Vivian Richards is in reflective mood.

“As the days go by you may not look your age but certainly you do feel it,” he says.

He is 70, but certainly doesn’t look it. The death of legendary Australia leg-spinner Shane Warne, a man he describes as ‘joyous’, has moved him deeply.

But Richards has other reasons to reflect.

The impact of his batting went far beyond the runs he scored – 15,261, including 35 centuries, across 308 Tests and one-day internationals for West Indies. That’s only a statistical estimation of greatness.

Richards knows the way he played cricket, his poise and courage, was hugely influential, especially for black people.

“As a young man growing up, I was always reading about the struggles in America, the Black Panthers,” he says.

“I was conscious in that way, it was a message being sent. These…