New Delhi, May 10: Was Sir Vivian Richards' LBW dismissal in a Test match in 1983 fixed? The legendary batsman, after 30 years of that dubious decision, has hinted that he could have been fallen victim to match-fixing.
The second Test between India and West Indies at Feroz Shah Kotla between October 29 and November 3, 1983 was a historic one for Indian fans. It was in this match that Sunil Gavaskar equalled Sir Don Bradman's record of 29 centuries. But the Test is also famous for Richards venting his ire at the dressing room door after falling to Kapil Dev LBW, which according to Richards "the ball wouldn't have hit another set (of stumps)."
Speaking to "The Times of India", Richards has revealed that he received an anonymous call the previous night of the Test match day where a person warned him to be "careful" of the umpire.
"Someone called me up the night before in the hotel. It was an anonymous call. He said, 'Mr Richards? You don't know me but if I were you tomorrow I'd be careful of (the umpire). The next day, I got hit on the pads. The ball wouldn't have hit another set (of stumps). Kapil just sort of went 'aah' (gesticulating disappointment) and I was given out. I couldn't believe it when I saw the finger going up. You never heard about match-fixing and all that stuff so I don't know what was going on then," Richards told the newspaper on Friday.
Richards was given out LBW for 67 off 70 balls. The match ended in a draw. Gavaskar scored 121 while Dilip Vengsarkar made 159. For West Indies, Clive Lloyd hit 103. India's Dara Dotiwalla and Madhav Gothoskar were the umpires.
It would be interesting to get Kapil's view on this decision.