Former West Indies bowler Michael Holding has named Vivian Richards as the best batsman. Holding 142 wickets in 249 and 102 ODI internationals in 60 Tests, he chose his former teammate as the best.
The holding, known as Whispering Death, said, ‘Viv was the best of all the batsmen I have seen. He was the best in any and all bowling attack and situations. Holding made these remarks during a Sky Sports potcast with Stuart Broad and Sean Paulk.
Holding the reason behind his choice, Holding said that Richards never looked in trouble even while facing the world’s best bowling attack.
He said, ‘He never looked scared. Be it Richard Headley in New Zealand, Dennis Lille in Australia, Abdul Qadir in Pakistan, Bishan Singh Bedi in India, or Ian Botham in England. He scored against everybody, everywhere.
Richards retired after scoring 8540 runs in 121 Test matches. He averaged 50.24 in Test cricket. In 187 ODIs, he scored 6721 runs at an average of 47. Not only that, he scored runs very fast. His strike rate was 86.07 in Tests and 90.2 in ODIs.
He said, ‘He also scored against Bollers in the Caribbean Islands. We four fast bowlers did not get a place in the West Indies team but once they played against us in the domestic tournament and scored against every team.
Holding said, ‘He used to bat at number three for the West Indies. I saw many times that he used to watch one or two overs first, guess and then fall asleep.