Vivian Richards would’ve been absolute legend in T20 cricket: Ian Smith

first_imgAUCKLAND: Lavishing praise on batting legend Vivian Richards, former New Zealand player Ian Smith has opined that the West Indian great would have been a “legend’ in T20 cricket.”He would have been an absolute legend in T20 cricket. They (T20 franchises) would have paid more money than Pat Cummins, Ben Stokes and all other guys put together, to get Viv Richards in their line-up, because it would put more bums on the seats,” Smith said on ICC’s video series ‘Inside Out’. “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,” Smith said of the 1975 and 1979 World Cup winner regarded as the most destructive batsman of his era. “He would have been an absolute crowd-pleaser and television would have gone through the roof. 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 — in the time I played or commentated cricket — seen a more imposing batsman come to the crease,” Smith continued. Explaining how intimidating Richards was during his time, he said: “There have been some really fine players who looked like they are very confident when they come to the crease, they own the situation. “But no man has been more imposing to the point where I think opposition attacks and fieldsmen were intimidated by him. “He came out, never wore a helmet, he had his beautiful west Indian cap, slightly to the side, Rastafarian arm band, a bat that looks like a toothpick in his hands and he was ready for a fight. It was really intimidating. “He’s one of the guys I used to stand behind think I have to concentrate so much on what he used to do because he might offer me a chance and I can’t be carried away with his presence or what he’s done,” Smith said recalling his encounters with Richards. Richards played 121 Tests and 187 ODIs in which he scored 8,540 and 6,721 runs respectively. IANSlast_img read more

Trojans ready for role of playoff spoilers

first_imgIt’s safe to say that the 2013 season has been nothing short of disappointing for the USC men’s volleyball team. A year after a 26-7 run that saw them fall just one victory short of an NCAA title, the team, hampered by inexperience and inconsistency, has limped to a 6-16 record. But as the regular season winds down, the Trojans still have a chance to end the campaign on a positive note.Building for the future · Though the Trojans won’t be advancing to the postseason, the team has plenty of youth with room to improve. Sophomore Joey Booth (number 19) is one of 18 underclassmen on the roster. – Joseph Chen | Daily TrojanOn the heels of a 3-0 home sweep of Cal State Northridge Saturday on Senior Night (25-23, 25-22, 25-19), USC will conclude its season on the road this week with matches against UC Santa Barbara on Wednesday and UCLA on Friday.While the final two contests appear trivial for a club simply playing out the string of a lost season, USC head coach Bill Ferguson emphasized the importance of the games as measures of where the team stands heading into next season.“We have two games to improve as a team, and I know it sounds funny since we have only these two matches left and no playoffs,” Ferguson said, “but we talked to the team about using these two games to wrap our minds around a postseason-like situation, where we’re playing two matches in three games.”With graduating seniors Chris Trefzger and J.B. Green making rare starts, USC recorded its third sweep of the season Saturday. Trefzger and Green played a memorable final home game as Trefzger notched 37 assists and seven digs as setter while Green played in the libero position and notched two digs. Sophomore outside hitter Cristian Rivera was strong once again with 18 kills while hitting .500, and fellow sophomore Joey Booth recorded 13 kills to go along with six digs.“I think the team played as one [unit] the best we’ve had all year,” Ferguson said. “A big part of that was the fact that we started Trefzger and Green, who normally don’t start much. Having those guys start really galvanized the team, because they are examples of guys who do the right thing every day, and the other guys on the team really respect them. That allowed them to answer the call tonight.”In a tightly contested match that didn’t leave much room for error, the Trojans’ hitting put them on top, as they hit at a .418 over CSUN’s .256.“Our pin attackers played great matches,” Ferguson said. “Booth, Rivera and [freshman] Alex Slaught played great matches, and I think they did a better job of paying attention to video this week. We had Rivera be more aggressive, leading to key points, and [junior] Tanner Jansen had a great game on the right side. We knew that we were going to have a good matchup, so I think the guys were prepared to do well.”As the season winds down, Ferguson avoided evaluating the team’s performance this year, noting that even the final two matches, as unimportant as they might seem, can retain value for the squad heading into the offseason.“We have two games in three nights,” Ferguson said. “The semis and the finals are a day apart, and the Final Four is a day apart, so this is like a practice run to prepare us for the next season.”last_img read more