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Wouldn’t mind dying playing something I love - Viv Richards on Shane Watson's podcast

Sir Viv Richards
Sir Viv Richards
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The first episode of Shane Watson's podcast series ‘Lesson Learnt with the Greats’ featuring West Indies all-rounder Vivian Richards is pure gold for the classic cricket fans, who like everyone else, are stuck at their homes.

It doesn't require mention that these are not the most optimistic times we are living in. Each day you switch on the TV, tune in to the radio or browse the internet, there's doom and gloom all around. 

For sports fans, it complicates the situation further that there's no live sporting action, nothing at all, and they have to live off the highlight crumbs. 

At such a time, cricketers, both current and former, are doing their bit to not only keep themselves engaged but provide something to the cricket fans across the globe to hold on too. Many of them have been engaging with fans through social media and doing Instagram Live sessions to stay connected with them.

Ben Stokes, Jos Buttler, Jonny Bairstow and Mark Wood have been part of podcasts of late. Shane Warne, Kane Richardson and Pat Cummins have also been kind enough to engage. Kevin Pietersen, Rohit Sharma, Virat Kohli, Yuvraj Singh, Jasprit Bumrah and others have all been interacting with fans as well.

Adding to the list, former Australian cricketer Shane Watson has now come up with the idea of interviewing the all-time greats of the game. Watson launched his first episode of ‘Lesson Learnt with the Greats’ featuring West Indies all-rounder Vivian Richards.

“I hope everyone is staying safe and coping okay during these unprecedented times. For all the cricket lovers out there, I wanna put free content out there for everyone to digest in their own time. As the greatest cricketers have shared their knowledge with me, now it is my turn to share that knowledge with you,” Watson said in a video post on Twitter.

“The first episode of the Lesson Learnt with the Greats is an interview with my favourite cricketer of all time, the master blaster himself, Sir Vivian Richards. This is his first-ever podcast interview and you would not want to miss it,” he added. 

The podcast is gold for the classic cricket fans, who like everyone else, are stuck at their homes at the moment due to the outbreak of the Covid-19 pandemic. 

On the podcast, the legendary Viv Richards, said that he never preferred wearing helmets even as he dominated some of the fiercest fast bowlers of world cricket. The 68-year-old said he was always aware of the risks but that didn’t bother him.

“The passion for the game I felt was such that I wouldn’t mind dying playing something that I love. If this is what I chose and I go down here, what better way is there to go?” Richards told Watson.

Richards terrorised bowlers from all across the world as he plundered 8,540 runs and 6721 runs in 121 Tests and 187 ODIs respectively, said he always looked up to other athletes who risked their lives for inspiration.

“I have looked at other sportsmen and women who I have a lot of respect for doing it to an extreme level,” said Richards. “I see a guy driving a Formula 1 racing car, what could be more dangerous than that?” said Richards, to which Watson joked: “Facing 150kph without a helmet?”.

Click below to listen to the podcast on Shane Watson's website t20stars.com

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