Bengaluru, March 5: He has left cricket 24 years ago. But the ongoing cricket World Cup in Australia and New Zealand features him playing. He is Sir Vivian Richards, yesteryears' swashbuckling batsman from the West Indies.
Captain of the United Arab Emirates (UAE) Mohammad Tauqir said Shaiman Anwar, the most prolific batsman of the team in this edition, has been nicknamed 'Sir Viv' by the team and he is living up to the name.
Anwar's consistent form in this World Cup has been the only high point for the UAE, who have lost all four matches played so far in the World Cup and are virtually out of the tournament. Anwar has stood high amid the ruins by scoring 270 runs, the highest so far in this World Cup.
He has also a hundred to his name in the tournament which he scored against Ireland at Brisbane. He has an impressive strike rate and average among the top 10 run-getters of the 2015 World Cup so far.
Anwar has scored 67, 35 and 62 in the other three matches played against Zimbabwe, India and Pakistan, respectively.
However, the losses haven't stopped captain Tauqir from praising Anwar. Following the 129-run loss to Pakistan at Napier on Wednesday, Tauqir said Anwar was doing good both for himself and the team.
He said the team calls Anwar Sir Viv in the dressing room, because of his confidence and aggressive batting style.