"Proud, fit and dignified with a fine physique and an aquiline nose he never wore a helmet, never shirked a challenge and was always confident of his ability to come out on top of the best bowlers when conditions were equal," - Christopher Martin-Jenkins
"Fast bowlers have caused countless sleepless nights and nasty nightmares over the years but Richards was the one batsman I've encountered who could intimidate his opponents - even before he had received a ball," - Vic Marks.
"When I was batting at Lord's, I wanted to make sure that no one else was going to come in. It was my stage," - Viv Richards.
"He ignored the coaching manuals and relying on the keenest pair of eyes and phenomenal reflexes just trusted his instincts," - Vic Marks.
"I once asked Danny Livingstone (the island's chief coach) whether there was a potential Richards born in Antigua every year or perhaps every ten years. 'Maybe every 50 years' came the reply," - John Woodcock.
Image: The King is castled - Richards is bowled during a beach cricket tie in 2007.