first_imgViv Richards has asked Indian fans to be a little more patient as Virat Kohli’s Team India gears up for the 2019 Cricket World Cup. Speaking at Salaam Cricket 2019, Viv Richards said he could not understand how Indian fans could burn effigies of the same players they put on pedestals.In 2003, Indian cricketers’ homes came under attack after Sourav Ganguly’s men lost a match to Australia at the start of the World Cup in South Africa. India turned things around and stormed to the final where they again lost to the Aussies.”Indian fans sometimes lack a bit of patience. Burning effigies a little silly. Your players do not go there to lose., they go there to win. You should not be a hero today and not a zero tomorrow. We should have a little more respect for individuals – you are not going to do it all the time,” Richards said at Salaam Cricket 2019.Viv Richards also met up with Sachin Tendulkar and Wasim Akram and heaped praise on both legends.Incidentally, Tendulkar and Akram consider Viv Richards as their hero.After India’s exit from the 2007 World Cup, Sachin Tendulkar had decided to quit. However, a call from Viv Richards meant Tendulkar continued to play for the next few years – he even played a significant role in India’s 2011 World Cup triumph.”The 2007 World Cup was possibly the lowest phase of my career. The game which had shown me the best days of my life were now showing me the worst. If those changes were not going to happen, I was going to stop playing cricket. My brother told me in 2011, you are going to play the biggest match of your World Cup (the final in Wankhede).advertisement”I was at my farm-house in 2007 and that’s when Sir Viv called me and we spoke for 45 minutes,” Tendulkar said.Also Read | Salaam Cricket 2019: When Viv Richards stopped Sachin Tendulkar from retiringAlso Read | Salaam Cricket 2019: Full guest list, session names and timingAlso Seelast_img

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