Vivian Richards hopes Windies challenge India hard

The West Indies legend looks forward to some “explosive action” between the two teams next month.

File Photo: Vivian Richards expects West Indies to provide a difficult challenge to the visiting Indians.   -  Rajeev Bhatt

India will play three T20s, three One-Day Internationals and two Tests in its upcoming tour of West Indies, starting August 3 in Florida, United States. The two Tests will be played as a part of the ICC Test Championship.

“India-West Indies series have always seen explosive action and I don’t expect anything less this time around. With the current form of the West Indies team, I look forward to them giving a tough competition to the Indian side,” Richards was quoted as saying in a media release issued by Sony Pictures Sports Network, the official broadcaster.

Former India captain Sunil Gavaskar, who made a memorable Test debut in the West Indies in 1971, said he has “respect” for players from the Caribbean. “West Indies will always hold a very special place in my heart since I started my career over there and have immense respect for their players,” said Gavaskar.