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Sir Viv says West Indies will beat England in World T20

Cricketing legend Sir Vivian Richards believes West Indies will beat England in Sunday’s final of the World Twenty20 in India.

The former West Indies captain believes many underestimate the West Indies, especially in a format of the game they have proven most dangerous.

He highlighted the fact that the team chased 193 to beat India in the second semi-final on Thursday without much input from star batsman Chris Gayle.

“They expected that everything is just going to be normal and they were going to run through the rest of the batting, but Johnson Charles came to the party, Lendl Simmons was very special which means that the West Indies team is a very powerful team,” Sir Viv said.

“… Darren Sammy spoke about the difference between Goliath and David but we are just as much as a Goliath in this particular format of the game; our team is as strong as any,” he added.

Sir Viv, who compiled 8,540 Test runs and 6,721 runs in One Day Internationals, also commended Trinidadian Simmons for his game winning performance of 82 not out against India on Thursday.

“I saw him recently over in Dubai, but he didn’t quite hit his strides and I guess he was still recovering from that particular injury. He couldn’t have been there long enough for him to be fully acclimatised but having played in India, it’s a ground that he knows well with the Mumbai Indians and I think that was a great call,”  Sir Viv said.

The 64-year-old Sir Viv believes Gayle will be “more relaxed” during the final.




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