Sir Viv Richards has been voted by a jury of 50 leading cricket identities as the greatest ODI player in the history of the game.

The poll, organised by Cricket Monthly placed the West Indian great ahead of India’s cricket legend Sachin Tendulkar, followed by Wasim Akram, Adam Gilchrist and MS Dhoni.

He was a clear winner: 29 of 50 jurors selected him as the best ODI player of all time.

Through the late ’70s and ’80s, Richards dominated the one-day arena like no other cricketer, and helped his side to two World Cup victories in 1975 and 1979.

In all, 21 cricketers received at least one vote from the jury: six Australians, five Indians, four Pakistanis, two West Indians, two South Africans, a Sri Lankan and an Englishman.

The 50-member jury comprised a cross-section of cricket experts from around the globe and spanning several eras, including cricketers Ian Chappell, Clive Lloyd, Rahul Dravid, Ricky Ponting and Graeme Smith; veteran commentators Tony Cozier, Mark Nicholas, Mike Haysman and Sanjay Manjrekar; and respected writers Gideon Haigh, Mike Coward, Suresh Menon and Mike Selvey.

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