Viv Richards, Chris Gayle and daylight

Both men have been markedly above the norm, though perhaps counter-intuitively, Gayle's performance in terms of average outshines that of Richards while the reverse is true for the strike-rate.

updated: May 02, 2013 13:47 IST
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A Test batting average of 50.24. It's a good one to have, but it doesn't really cause awe. Among players with at least 1000 Test runs, Younis Khan and Vinod Kambli have higher averages. Each is a fine player in his own right. None has ever been spoken of in the same breath as the man with the 50.24 average - Sir Isaac Vivian Alexander Richards.

As someone who began watching the game actively just after Richards retired, I missed watching his best stuff live. Thankfully, reruns on television and the great boon that is YouTube ensured that the greatest swagger the game has seen came alive for me too.

He landed in India before Delhi Daredevils' match against Mumbai Indians on April 21, walked into the Feroz Shah Kotla, and radiated aura on a cricket field that had - among batsmen - the quality and calibre of Sachin Tendulkar, Ricky Ponting, Virender Sehwag and Mahela Jayawardene. This, more than two decades after he had already retired. It's not for nothing that Richards is called 'The King'.

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