[caption id="attachment_804911" align="alignnone" width="628"]<img class="size-full wp-image-804911" src="https://www.cricketcountry.com/wp-content/uploads/2019/02/Clive-Lloyd.jpg" alt="Clive Lloyd" width="628" height="355" /> Clive Lloyd (AFP Photo)[/caption] <p></p> <p></p>The children playing cricket in the unlikely setting of London's Trafalgar Square could have been forgiven for not knowing the identity of the grey-haired gentleman loping between the wickets. <p></p> <p></p>Yet even wearing a heavy coat to guard against the chill of an English winter morning, the tall, bespectacled and slightly stooping figure of <a href="https://www.cricketcountry.com/players/clive-lloyd/">Clive Lloyd</a> was still instantly recognisable to generations of cricket fans. <p></p> <p></p>Lloyd was in London on Tuesday at an event marking <a href="https://www.cricketcountry.com/tag/world-cup-countdown">100 days</a> until the start of the <a href="https://www.cricketcountry.com/series/icc-cricket-world-cup-2019-200898/">2019 World Cup</a> in England and Wales. <p></p> <p></p>But unlike all the England cricketers past and present also involved, including <a href="https://www.cricketcountry.com/players/nasser-hussain/">Nasser Hussain</a>, <a href="https://www.cricketcountry.com/players/graeme-swann/">Graeme Swann</a>, <a href="https://www.cricketcountry.com/players/alastair-cook/">Alastair Cook</a> and <a href="https://www.cricketcountry.com/players/james-anderson/">James Anderson</a>, Lloyd knows what it is be a World Cup-winner, having led West Indies to victories in Lord's finals in 1975 and 1979. <p></p> <p></p>The 1975 edition, the inaugural men's World Cup, saw West Indies captain Lloyd make a superb century during a 17-run win in the final against Australia. <p></p> <p></p>"It was the first World Cup -- there'll never be another first -- and having won it in front of a large West Indian contingent, it was quite exciting," Lloyd told AFP. <p></p> <p></p><strong>'Spot of bother'</strong> <p></p>Modern batsmen are often expected to score at better than a run-a-ball in a one-day game. <p></p> <p></p>That wasn't the case, however, in 1975 when field restrictions had yet to become part of limited-overs cricket. Lloyd's innings of 102 off 85 balls, including 12 fours and two sixes, in the final would have been eye-catching enough in scoring-rate terms alone. <p></p> <p></p>But that he came in with West Indies having slumped to 50 for three after being sent into bat by Australia captain Ian Chappell and made a hundred against an attack featuring outstanding quicks Dennis Lillee and Jeff Thomson, as well as left-arm swing bowler Gary Gilmour, made it all the more impressive. <p></p> <p></p>Lloyd -- dropped early on -- received excellent support from veteran batsman Rohan Kanhai who, in his 40th year, got off the mark by driving the fearsomely fast Thomson off the back foot for four. <p></p> <p></p>The pair shared a stand of 149 that helped West Indies to a total of 291 for eight in a then 60 overs, with Chappell later remarking that Lloyd "battered us from one side of Lord's to the other". <p></p> <p></p>Lloyd's recollection was, typically, rather more understated. "I got a few runs -- I think I got 102 - but the point is I got in there when we lost three quick wickets, so we were in a spot of bother. <p></p> <p></p>"Rohan Kanhai and myself sort of rallied the situation and then we got to a pretty good score. We had a total that we can defend and we defended it quite well. Although it was close in the end, we were always in the ascendancy." <p></p> <p></p>West Indies had to come through a qualifying event to reach this year's World Cup. <p></p> <p></p>But they recently upset the odds to beat England 2-1 in a Test series and their 74-year-old former captain believes they could cause a few upsets at the World Cup as well, especially if self-styled "Universe Boss" Chris Gayle -- a powerful left-handed batsman in the Lloyd mould -- finds his form. <p></p> <p></p>"I think they can be quite a formidable side if they choose the right team," said Lloyd ahead of the start of a five-match one-day series between the West Indies and World Cup favourites England in Barbados on Wednesday. <p></p> <p></p>"We have some good one-day players and let's hope Mr Gayle fires in more ways than one. I think they can do very well in this competition."