Alvin Kallicharran on how it began in 1975


“We have been going into the unknown and have been actually enthusiastic about it,” mentioned West Indian nice Alvin Kallicharran remembering the 1975 World Cup in England.

“It was the inaugural World Cup and we didn’t fairly know what to anticipate,” mentioned Kallicharran, again in Chennai for a go to, to The Hindu.

Kallicharran recalled going to the Buckingham Palace with the West Indian staff to satisfy the Queen. “We noticed the opposite groups participating with their captains. It was the primary time that we noticed and met so many groups below one roof!”

Aware of format

Though this was the primary ODI World Cup, Kallicharran mentioned the cricketers, together with a number of West Indians, have been conversant in one-day cricket having performed the format regularly within the English county circuit.

The West Indies had an impressive batting line-up however that was the period simply earlier than the deadly tempo bowlers entered the scene. “We had Andy Roberts, after which the medium-pacers got here into the image” famous Kallicharran.

Really, an exhilarating come-from-behind victory over Pakistan in a bunch recreation at Birmingham instilled perception within the West Indians.

They have been on the brink at 203 for 9, pursuing a difficult goal of 267, when Derrick Murray and Roberts obtained collectively.

Tense dressing room

Kallicharran reminisced, “The dressing room was very tense. These days, Roberts couldn’t bat a lot. Rather a lot hinged on Murray.

“However Majid Khan had bowled his main bowlers out in an try to bowl us out by the 50th over [an innings comprised 60 overs then] which left them with out common bowlers ultimately.”

Ultimately, the West Indies, with Murray and Roberts remaining unbeaten on 61 and 24, gained the humdinger by one wicket with two deliveries remaining.

Then, helmetless and his shirt unbuttoned, Kallicharran, the little left-hander, took on the menacing Dennis Lillee fearlessly in a timeless face-off on the Oval.

Epic confrontation

Throughout his game-changing 78 on this league conflict, Kallicharran struck Lillee for 35 runs in a 10-ball blitz of four,four,four,four,four,1,four,6,zero and four.

“Lillee bowled fast that day, mentioned a couple of issues, and I attacked him with pulls, cuts and backfoot drives,” mentioned Kallicharran matter-of-factly on one of many all-time epic confrontations in World Cup historical past.

The 2 giants met once more within the remaining and the West Indies subdued a spirited Australia by 17 runs in a titanic conflict on the Lord’s.

“Lloyd batted brilliantly for his 102 and his partnership with Rohan Kanhai gave us the runs. Then Vivian Richards, lithe and agile, was sensational on the sphere, effecting three run outs — Alan Turner and the Chappell brothers — swooping in from areas equivalent to mid-wicket and square-leg and scoring direct hits.”

The West Indies had triumphed and a star, Richards, was born.