Wasim Akram Remembers When Viv Richards Threatened Him
By SMCS - Dec 2, 2023 7:30 am
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Former Pakistan cricketer Wasim Akram shared an incident from the past when he tried to sledge the legendary batter Vivian Richards in a Test match in Barbados as well. However, the bowling great shared that the incident from the 3rd Test in Barbados during the 1988 series against West Indies as well. Akram, who was quite aggressive, was trying to dismiss the batter as he bowled a threatening short ball to Vivan Richards on the last over of the day when the batting great ducked under it and his cap also fell off as well.

Viv Richards
Viv Richards

During an interaction on the popular talk show, The Front Bar, Wasim Akram shared the incident and said that after the lethal delivery, he said bad words to Vivian Richards. However, this didn’t go well with Viv Richards as he told him not to do this. And, Akram also mentioned that after Vivian Richards threatened him he went to skipper Imran Khan and told him about the same. He also recalled that the captain told him to bowl another short ball and luckily the batter got out.

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Akram said (as quoted by Indian Express): “You realise as a bowler that you’ve got some pace. So I bowled the bouncer, his cap fell off. Big deal! Back then, I only knew two bad words. I said them both to Richards. He said, ‘don’t swear at me. I’ll kill you!’ I thought it was a figure of speech! I went to Imran Khan at mid-on and told him that Viv was threatening to kill me. He said, ‘don’t worry. I’m with you.’ He asked me to bowl another bouncer at him. I did. On the last ball of the over, I got an inside edge off him and the ball hit the stumps. I danced in front of Richards.”

Wasim Akram
Wasim Akram

However, Wasim Akram further shared that Viv Richards came to meet him outside the dressing room and the batting great was dressed up like a don and he thought that the legendary batter would kill him. Wasim Akram further added that he rushed to Imran Khan to tell him that Vivian Richards was outside. The captain, however, told him to go and fight.

“I was a young kid, barely 20 years old. I was taking off my shoes in the dressing room after the day ended when the attendant told me someone wanted to see me outside. So with one shoe on, I got up and looked outside. I saw Viv standing there without his shirt on, a bat in his hand, and his pads still on. I got scared, I thought he would literally kill me. I ran to Imran and told him Viv was outside and wants to fight. “Imran just said, ‘Go, fight! This is your fight,” Wasim Akram concluded.