If there is one person whose name is etched in everyone’s memory with the 1975 ICC Men’s Cricket World Cup final, it has to be that of Clive Lloyd. His team was in trouble after losing three early wickets. When the captain walked out, he had to face the pace of Jeff Thomson and Dennis Lillee.
The crowd was loving the moments and cheered every shot that Lloyd was hitting to help his team out of trouble. The aggressive-pace duo of Lillee and Thomson were being tested but they were not giving up the fight easily. For the Caribbean captain, a bit of luck against the champion fast bowler helped too.
Lloyd made full use of the chance that he got and powered his way to a century- the first batsman to score a century in the finals of the World Cup. The platform that the captain built helped the team to reach 291 for 8 in the 60 overs- a great effort from being three down for 50.
When it was time for Australia’s chase, the start was typically aggressive. Ian Chappell and Alan Turner’s partnership took their team to safety. There was an unusual sight of Lloyd bowling when the next wicket fell. Ian Chappell pushed the ball and called Turner for a cheeky single. That was the opportunity for Vivian Richards to show his brilliance in the field and Turner was run out.
That brought the Chappell brothers to the crease and together, Greg and Ian continued the good work. They were scoring well when disaster struck again. The two called for a single off a misfield, which gave Richards an opportunity again. His direct hit was on target and Australia were in trouble.
With four people run out and nine wickets down for 233, Australia looked down and out. They were, however, not ready to give up. The two fast bowlers – Lillee and Thomson, tried to play their part with the bat too. With less than two overs to go, 18 runs were needed with the last pair at the wicket. And then, there was another run out.
West Indies were the champions!