Sir Vivian Richards is regarded as one of the greatest batsmen to ever play the game. His remarkable striking in an era of defensive strokeplay revolutionized the art of batting. Recently, the Caribbean legend recalled meeting his sporting hero, the late Muhammad Ali in Lahore.
The memorable encounter between the two occurred when Richards was touring Pakistan in the 1980s whereas Ali was on a visit to the country and interacting with the folks. Richards mentioned his excitement when he bumped into his idol at a lift where Ali compared the West Indian’s resemblance to his archrival Joe Frazier.
“I remember we were in Pakistan at the same time with the West Indies in the 80s. I think the great Muhammad Ali was banned from boxing because of his refusal to fight the American war in Vietnam and the Muslim League had invited him to Pakistan to do some tours around,” Richards said.
“As he came on to the lift, I remember he looked at me and said ‘Hey man, you look like Smokin’ Joe’. Man, my heart sort of stopped beating. It was such a great feeling to meet the idol that you have such an enormous amount of respect for,” he added.