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Dean Jones recalls the historic Madras Test after Viv Richards suffers from dehydration

Richards recovered later to come back to commentary.

Dean Jones
Dean Jones. (Photo by K. Y. Cheng/South China Morning Post via Getty Images)

In an unfortunate incident, former West Indies skipper Viv Richards fell ill just moments before the start of the ongoing second Test between India and West Indies in Jamaica. Richards was on air doing a pre-game analysis prior to the start of the game on Friday when he complained about his health as he cited uneasiness. The legendary batsman is a part of the commentary panel for the ongoing two-match series.

As soon as he complained about his health, a stretcher was brought. However, Richards instead decided to walk off the field with the help of two volunteers. Richards suffered from dehydration due to excessive humid conditions. He was taken to the hospital for a precautionary check-up and later returned to the field. Richards also did commentary after recovering from dehydration.

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The dehydration incident, nonetheless, made former Australia batsman Dean Jones go down the memory lane. Jones also had his fair share of struggles while playing in hot and humid conditions. He recalled the iconic Chennai Test of 1986-87 tour of India when the heat took a toll. Braving the heat of Chennai, Jones had famously batted for over 500 minutes to score a monumental double century.

Dean Jones took to Twitter to recall that game. He had a mighty laugh while recalling that game as he wrote: “I heard my dear mate and the greatest of all time @ivivianrichards fell ill in Jamaica due to dehydration. Trust you are well my dear mate.. have I told you when I was dehydrated in Madras……???”

The Chennai Test is still remembered fondly because it turned out to be only the second tied match in the history of Test cricket. Dean Jones had scored 210 and was later taken to hospital for a saline-drip to recover.

Honours shared

Talking about the second Test, both India and West Indies shared the honours on the opening day. At stumps, India were 264 for 5 after being reduced to 202 for 5 before Hanuma Vihari and Rishabh Pant ensured the visitors didn’t lose any more wickets. Virat Kohli top-scored on day one with 76 while Mayank Agarwal scored 55.

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