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Sportstar archives: When Clive Lloyd batted for day-night games in 1983


The West Indian captain Clive Lloyd, who didn’t play in the match towards South Zone in Hyderabad and was busy giving tricks to his team-mates, managed to spend a while speaking to Sportstar.

He wears contact lens now-a-days, has added significantly to his waist-line since his final go to to India practically a decade in the past.

Excerpts from the interview:

Team choice: I do know the specter of rain will all the time be there at the very least through the first half of the present tour. Personally I’d have preferred to start the tour by November. But this get together (workforce) was picked with specific reference to a number of one-day internationals as we’d be going direct to Australia from right here for the Benson and Hedges matches. We have just one real off-spinner and at current he’s definitely not on par with Lance Gibbs. But Harper, a finger spinner, has the power to work over lengthy spells. I’m positive he could possibly be moulded into high materials through the tour. Besides, Harper is an effective bat.

Composition of the workforce for Tests: It could possibly be like, say, three pacemen, an all-rounder, a spinner, a wicketkeeper and a specialist batsmen. However, it will depend on the present type and situations of the pitches. In this regard the worth of all-rounders (Marshall and Baptiste) can’t be overemphasised. Nowadays the workload of gamers has elevated as a result of too many one-day internationals are thrust in between. In Australia, the one-day matches are held individually, that’s, after the five-day Tests are accomplished. It could be a positive concept if the Australian instance is adopted.

Relinquishing captaincy: It was true I wished to surrender the captaincy quickly after the third Prudential Cup in June. But the Board members insisted that I ought to proceed in order that my expertise shall be helpful for a tricky task such because the one I’ve readily available at current. After taking my very own time to resolve, I lastly agreed to steer. I took this choice as a result of by the point I over cost I’d have had the satisfaction of discharging my responsibility in a extra accountable method. Also my successor would have issues comparatively simpler.

Clive Lloyd in motion through the Ahmedabad Test.   –  THE HINDU ARCHIVES

 Youngsters in the workforce: Almost all the children picked for this tour are gifted and destined to go locations. Gus Logie is a batsman to observe, filled with strokes and raring to go. If the ball comes onto the  bat and if he’s in good nick, then the Indian spectators are in for a positive feast. Harper, as I’ve talked about earlier has in him the
materials to go far. Baptiste, whose bowling velocity and the flourish with the bat, as seen in the English summer time final season, is one other thrilling prospect.

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Wes Hall was the discover in the 1958-59 collection and in 1974-75 it was Andy Roberts who stole the limelight. And this tour might effectively discover Baptiste making leaping strides. Don’t underestimate Winston Davis and Richard Richardson both.

The terrific trio: I’ve wholesome respect for Sunil Gavaskar, Mohinder Amarnath and Kapil Dev. Any batsman who can pile up 28 Test tons of must be revered. And significantly Sunny who all the time appears to have a choice to our bowling. Needless to say his wicket shall be eagerly wanted by us. Mohinder, positive strokes aided by sturdy temperament, took plenty of runs towards us earlier this 12 months. Kapil, I think about, as among the best all-
rounders in the world now and that tells his credentials.

Clive Lloyd on the quilt of Sportstar for the World Cup particular subject.   –  THE HINDU ARCHIVES

 World Cup debacle: Admittedly June 25, 1983 (the day we misplaced to India in the Prudential Cup ultimate) was one in every of my disappointing days in cricketing profession. But full marks to India. Any aspect that may win by a cushty margin after being bowled out for 183 deserves a excessive quantity of reward. India fielded beautifully that day whereas Roger Binny and Mohinder did the run-denying acts in a superb method.

Flood-lit cricket: Now that the night time cricket has come to remain, a begin needs to be made someplace for having venues for such kind of games the world over. I’m glad Delhi staged the primary flood-lit match in India. We too had an evening recreation in Barbados lately and that went off very effectively too.

Most revered participant: A tricky query to reply. But to me, lan Chappell stays a mannequin. lan led the aspect from the entrance. An excellent attacking batsman and a brave captain. The Packer collection introduced us nearer and I drew plenty of inspiration from him. And speaking about Packer, I ought to point out the position he performed in our financial advantages arising out of cricket. Now we’re a lot better off with our board paying us in direct proportion to the Tests we’ve got performed.

Sportstar had printed this interview on 22.10.1983 throughout West Indies’ tour of India. Due to no sporting motion for the coronavirus pandemic, we’ve got determined to rerun one cricket interview on a regular basis from our treasure trove.

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