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When Kapil ran for the catch, I knew my time was up: Richards

They were masters of the game, fierce competitors but even years after leaving the game, Sir Vivian Richards, Imran Khan, Arjuna Ranatunga and Kapil Dev can still make you sit back and enjoy their conversation filled with anecdotes as they took a trip down the memory lane during the World Cup promotional event organised by the ESPN.

cricket Updated: Dec 09, 2010 18:33 IST

They were masters of the game, fierce competitors but even years after leaving the game, Sir Vivian Richards, Imran Khan, Arjuna Ranatunga and Kapil Dev can still make you sit back and enjoy their conversation filled with anecdotes as they took a trip down the memory lane during the World Cup promotional event organised by the ESPN.

Whether it was Richards' feeling about Kapil Dev's stunning catch to dismiss Viv Richards in the 1983 final or Imran Khan's rib-tickling take on Javed Miandad, it was an enriching experience as the stars of yesteryears spoke about their experience of winning game's most coveted trophy.

"I still don't know from where did he (Kapil) come to take that catch. When Kapil was running back waving to nearest fielder to get out of his way, I knew my time was over," was how Richards recollected about a catch that turned out to be one of the best in the history of World Cup.

When Kapil was asked about it, he chuckled, "When Viv is around, we don't normally talk about that catch."

"The best part about that dismissal was Madan Lal's urge to bowl that particular over. Maddipa (that's how Madan Lal is referred in cricketing community) literally snatched the ball from my hands and went on to bowl that over. When someone has so much confidence, you give in.

"But when Richards played that shot, my heart was in my mouth. I was probably telling Yashpal, who came running from fine leg to leave it as it was mine. It was about reflexes," Kapil said.

However the trio of Imran, Kapil and Ranatunga agreed that Richards was undoubtedly the most destructive player during their time.

"There were a lot of great batsmen during our times but they would merely look to survive against fast bowling. But Richards use to think about destroying the best of attacks.

"I remember when I was at my quickest, I use to look straight at the batsmen. It was a psychological ploy but it never worked against Richards. In case of Viv, he gave an impression that he was not scared," Imran, the most articulate of the quartet, said.

All the four, however agreed in unison that a captain's duty is to lead from the front. "If you perform, you command respect from your colleagues," Kapil and Imran spoke in same vein.