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“He has to earn every run”
Legendary West Indies captain Richie Richardson, who is currently the national team’s manager, has expressed his gratitude towards the Board of Control for Cricket in India (BCCI) for allowing his side to play against Sachin Tendulkar in his 200th and final Test match.
However, while Richardson acknowledged the historical significance of the series, he also noted that the West Indies are on a “mission to win the series” and restrict Tendulkar from scoring any runs.
“First of all we want to express our gratitude for inviting us to play a marquee Test series against India,” Richardson said. “The entire Caribbean team are elated to play the farewell series of Sachin.
“Having said that, we want to make it clear that we have come here with a mission to win the series. We will try our best to stop him from scoring runs. We will not let him an inch. He has to earn every run.
“Winning a series in the sub-continent is a big challenge for every team. It’s a big opportunity for the youngsters.”
Richardson also revealed that the West Indies have planned a special surprise for Tendulkar during his final Test, which will be played in his hometown of Mumbai.
“We all have thought about giving a fitting tribute to Tendulkar after his last Test at Wankhede,” Richardson said. “We don’t want to reveal our plans. It will be a big surprise for him.”
The 51-year-old also reminisced about the first time he played against Tendulkar, which came during the 1992 International Cricket Council (ICC) World Cup.
“He seemed to be a new kid on the block and who could be compared with the greatness of Brian Lara,” Richardson said.
However, he refused to compare the two legends or state which one he felt was better.
“We don’t want to compare between the two players,” he said. “Both are great.”
Richardson also revealed that India batting great Sunil Gavaskar has left an everlasting legacy in the Caribbean.
“People back in the Caribbean worship Sunil Gavaskar for his fearless cricket,” Richardson said. “He’s always been on top of people’s mind. Despite the greatness of Gavaskar, Tendulkar has been able to create a place for himself. That’s the biggest achievement of Tendulkar.”