Memories of the 1975 and ‘79 World Cup wins for the West Indies still bring a smile to the face of Deryck Murray four decades later.
Today is the 41st anniversary of the win in 1979 while Sunday marked 45 years since the win in 1975 and, now 77 years old, Mr Murray was a critical member of the squads.
In the inaugural tournament in ’75 he had the 2nd most dismissals for a wicketkeeper with nine, just behind Rod Marsh’s 10 – he then led in ’79 with seven dismissals.
The victories and their importance for West Indies cricket are still fresh in his mind and, speaking with 103.1FM, he recalls his 64-run 10th wicket partnership with Sir Andy Roberts against Pakistan in ’75.
Their partnership continues as friendship even till today with Mr Murray being in frequent contact with his old teammate and others.
The West Indies were runners-up in the next World Cup in 1983 and since then, the closest to the 50-over title they’ve been is the semifinal in ‘96.