“Viv Richards was the Rod Laver of cricket.”
John McEnroe shows that he’s not just a tennis buff. Vivian Richards is the cricketing version of Rod Laver, according to the legend.
What he really meant:
“Yeah, I know cricket and I know Viv Richards and, sure as hell, do Rod Laver too.”
What he definitely didn’t:
“Rod Laver is the Viv Richards of tennis.”