The names of these three legends, who played an important role in helping the West Indies cricket team win over opponents in the 1980s, had many records for the West Indies.
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West Indies cricket team These days it is going through a very bad phase. The team is desperate for one win each. Many veteran players have either retired or are not available to play with the team and are playing in different franchise leagues. Obviously this is also affecting the performance of the Windies team. But for the time being, here we are not talking about the current stalwarts of West Indies cricket, but the 31-year-old day, when the Test career of three players came to an end.
Richards, Marshall and Dujon retire
In the 1980s, the West Indies cricket team used to speak. It was not easy for any team in the world to survive in front of the Windies team. Many great players were present behind this strong performance of the team, in which the biggest name was Viv Richards. One of the greatest batsmen of his era, Viv Richards ended his Test career 31 years ago i.e. on this day in 1991.
Not only Richards, but West Indies’ most brilliant wicketkeeper Jair Dujon and the owner of stormy pace, legendary bowler Malcolm Marshall also said goodbye to international cricket on the same day. These three best cricketers, who have taken Windies cricket to victory heights for a long time and entertained cricket fans around the world, however, had to face defeat in their last match.
Career ends with defeat
Actually the fifth Test match between West Indies and England ended on 12 August at the Oval ground in London. In this Test, England, batting first, scored 419 runs in the first innings with the help of Robin Smith’s century. In response, despite batsmen like Captain Richards, Desmond Haynes, Richie Richardson and Jeff Dujon, the Windies team was bundled out for just 176 runs. Richards could only score 2 runs. West Indies then followed on and scored 385 runs in the second innings, in which Richardson scored a brilliant 121, while captain Richards also scored 60 runs. England got a target of 143 runs, which they achieved by losing 5 wickets and the series was drawn.
How was the career of all three?
In this way, the glorious career of three West Indies legends ended in defeat. Richards scored 24 centuries in 121 Tests and 8540 runs at an average of 50. His international career with Tests also ended here, as he had retired from ODI cricket only in May 1991. At the same time, Dujon and Marshall played ODI cricket for a few more months. Marshall took 376 wickets in 81 Tests at an average of 20 and a tremendous strike rate of 46, which was a record for West Indies. At the same time, Dujon also played 81 Tests, scoring 3322 runs with 5 centuries, while taking 267 catches behind the wicket, which is still a record for West Indies.