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30 July 201407:13

Around the wicket with: Sir Richard Hadlee

Recently we caught up with one of the world’s greatest pace bowlers and ICC Cricket World Cup veteran – Sir Richard Hadlee.

Around the wicket with: Sir Richard Hadlee
  - Cricket News

Sir Richard Hadlee at Lords for an ICC Cricket World Cup 2015 promotional event.

Hadlee appeared in the first three ICC Cricket World Cup tournaments, including playing with his brothers Dayle and Barry at the inaugural 1975 tournament.

We went around the wicket with Sir Richard to ask him six questions about the ICC Cricket World Cup.

What do you think is the most defining moment in ICC Cricket World Cup history?
When Clive Lloyd lifted the trophy for the first time in 1975. That's a starting point. There has to be a winner and West Indies were the best in the world at that time. It was a magnificent final against Australia. They set the benchmark.

Playing in the first ever ICC Cricket World Cup in 1975, did you realise how significant the tournament would become?
Probably not – anything that's new takes a while to get your head around it. I realised when all the teams lined up at Lords for the group photograph that I was amongst the best. The picture tells the story that it was a prestigious event.

What is your most memorable ICC Cricket World Cup moment as a player?
Against Pakistan in 1983 at Edgbaston. We knocked over three top order Pakistan players to have them 3-0. It doesn't happen often with the new ball in 50 over cricket. Particularly back then it was more of a defensive start. So to knock the top off Pakistan was pretty special.

What venue are you most looking forward to seeing in action at the ICC Cricket World Cup 2015?
Hagley Oval. I think it is going to be a hugely special occasion. It brings international cricket back to Christchurch for the first time in five or six years – which is great for the city.

Who will be the teams to watch in 2015?
England, South Africa and New Zealand well be hugely motivated to win for the first time. New Zealand will have a good chance. Playing on its home track and going in with its best team – they will be hard to beat.

Who are two players to watch in the ICC Cricket World Cup 2015?
Without knowing what the teams will be, I would say Corey Anderson from New Zealand is one. He has a big reputation and very good all-round skills. If he gets going he can turn a game in a matter of overs.

The other player to watch would be MS Dhoni. He seems to clinch matches on a regular basis. He’s the man that others in the tournament need to nullify.

Sir Richard Hadlee ICC Cricket World Cup record:
Tournaments: 3 (1975, 1979, 1983)
Matches: 13
Wickets: 22
Average: 19.14
Best: 5/25