Richards recovers, returns to commentary after falling ill during pre-match show

Sir Vivian Richards fell ill while he was on air doing a pre-game analysis prior to the start of the second Test between India and West Indies.

Viv Richards complained of uneasiness while doing the pre-show on day one of the second Test.   -  Getty Images

Sir Vivian Richards fell ill while he was on air doing a pre-game analysis but recovered in quick time to return to commentary in the post-lunch session of the second Test between India and West Indies here on Friday.

The 67-year-old legendary batsman, who has been doing commentary along with pre and post-match analysis for the official broadcasters Sony, was doing a show prior to the start of the match, when he complained of uneasiness.

While a stretcher was brought, Richards left the ground with the help of two volunteers. It has been learnt that Richards suffered from dehydration due to excessive humid conditions. He was taken to the hospital for a precautionary check-up.

Later, he returned to be a part of the commentary team in the second session of the match.

“To all the fans around the world, I want to say I have recovered. I am OK and I have returned (to do commentary),” Richards said on air.

“No bowler in the world could do it to me, that was done by nature (meaning heat). We have to respect nature,” he added.