The legendary all-rounder made the assertion as he spoke passionately here earlier this week to members of the cricket fraternity.
“In the 1970s and 1980s and into the 1990s, West Indies were champions and had the best players in the world,” Sir Garry said.
“I don’t think you’ll see that again in the history of cricket. They were simply the best team in the world, the greatest cricket team ever, and probably one of the greatest sports teams ever.
“People talk about the fast bowlers, but I don’t call them fast bowlers, I call them express bowlers. You had Michael Holding and Andy Roberts coming at you and when they were finished you had Colin Croft and Joel Garner to follow up. There was no let up.”
He continued: “Waiting in the wings you had Wayne Daniel and ‘my boy’ Sylvester Clarke, who was just as quick as anyone going around. Malcolm (Marshall) came along a little later and he was just world-class. So this made for a tremendous bowling attack.
“You must remember that before the West Indies produced that kind of attack there was always two quick bowlers, a medium pacer and a spinner. But then Clive Lloyd came up with the master plan and the world had to contend with something they had never seen before – four big strong men bowling at express pace.”
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