Richards v Richards

Am reading the very interesting Grovel!, the story of the West Indies’ 1976 tour of England.

I was drawn to the quote from ex-England spinner Pat Pocock on p.79, where he says of Viv Richards that he “…was the second-best player I ever bowled to, behind Barry Richards”.

It’s not often you see explicit comparisons of the two great namesakes, and highlights yet again what a loss B.A.Richards was to Test Cricket.

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  • JP  On October 15, 2010 at 7:11 pm

    And from p.202 of the same book, a contrary opinion from Bob Willis, another long-suffering England bowler:

    “I bowled at some pretty good players, including Sobers, Kanhai and Barry Richards. But in terms of batting ability Viv was head and shoulders above any of them. I can only imagine how good Bradman was, but if you look at Bradman batting, the field never changed – apart from the Bodyline series. Even with everybody on the boundary, Viv would still be scoring fours and sixes. For my money, he was the best batsman there has ever been. We are all guilty of thinking that people from our generation are the best players, but I can’t imagine anybody ever being better than him. He seemed to see the ball a whole second before anybody else”.

  • JP  On November 8, 2010 at 9:34 pm

    Legends of Cricket – Barry Richards

  • JP  On January 31, 2011 at 1:40 pm

    Cricket Writer Alan McGilvray said of Barry Richards, “In all the times since, only a handful of players have built careers to be mentioned in the same breath as Bradman. I narrow the field to one. By the test of technique and attitude and precision and performance, the only man I would measure against the Don is the South African Barry Richards. And, all things considered, I would suggest it would be a pretty close thing.”

    “There was so much about Barry Richards and Don Bradman that was similar. The anticipation and the speed with which they got themselves into position to play a shot. The timing and the power of their strokes. The thoughtful, analytical way they went about working out the bowling.”

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