Former New Zealand cricketer Ian Smith has lavished praise on cricket legend and former West Indian batsman Viv Richards. Ian Smith says that Viv Richards would have lit up the stadium if he had played t-20 Cricket. The former Kiwis cricketer adds how the West Indian would have TRP’s and television rights shooting through the roof if he featured in T-20s.
Ian Smith feels Viv Richards would be the most expensive buy if he played T-20 Cricket. He adds how team owners off T20 leagues, would have paid Viv Richards tons of money for the West Indian. Ian Smith also goes on to say that Teams might also pay more money than Pat Cummins and Ben Stokes combined for Viv’s signature.
Pat Cummins was the most expensive player in IPL Last year. Kolkata Knight Riders spend a mammoth Rs 15.50 crore to secure the services of the Aussie pacer for the 13th edition of the IPL. On the other end, England All-rounder Ben Stokes was the most expensive overseas player in IPL 2019.
Speaking on Cricket Inside Out, Ian Smith said, “I believe Viv Richards would have made a go at cricket in any format in any decade. That’s why I mean you look at his strike rate which was superior to anyone else’s at that time that is a T20 strike rate without even having that game in his mind.”
He added, “Viv would have been an absolute legend in T20 cricket. They would have paid more money than Pat Cummins, Ben Stokes and all other guys put together, to get him in their line-up, because it would put more bums on the seats. He would have been an absolute crowd-pleaser and television would have gone through the roof.”
Ian Smith said, “I will sum it up by saying that whenever you sit down and pick all-time World XI, he is always in mind. I don’t think I have ever played or commentated, I have seen a more imposing batsman come to the crease.”