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April 15, 1986: Viv Richards Made a Mockery of the English Attack

Cricketnext Staff | Updated: April 15, 2017, 3:27 PM IST
April 15, 1986: Viv Richards Made a Mockery of the English Attack

West Indies great Viv Richards in action against England during the 1986 Test series. (Getty Images)

West Indian great Vivian Richards is regarded as one of the greatest batsman ever to grace the game of cricket. His personality was such that many teams simply felt that they had already lost the match, before even taking to the field against his side.

On this day in 1986, Richards added a new feather to his already illustrious cap in the longest format of the game.

Richards blasted a century off just 56 deliveries against a hapless English bowling attack in second innings of the the fifth and the final Test of the series at Antigua.

It was the fastest Test century (in terms of balls faced) in the history of the game then and the record stood over 30 years, until New Zealand star Brendon McCullum scored a ton off just 54 deliveries against Australia in Christchurch in 2015/16 season.

Two days later, West Indies recorded a comprehensive 240-run victory in the Test and completed a thrilling 2-1 comeback series win against England.

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First Published: April 15, 2017, 3:27 PM IST

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