Viv Richards' superiority as a batsman is quite telling from this list, his Batting IMPACT of 3.12 is almost 26% better than the next batsman on this list. Moreover, he has the highest Batting IMPACT amongst all the batsmen in the history of ODI cricket. Also, his Strike Rate IMPACT of 0.37 is much higher than Chris Gayle's 0.12 (who is known for his big hitting) which just goes on to show the way Richards revolutionised and dominated the ODI format.
It is also interesting to note that Brian Lara is not the highest impact West Indian ODI batsman after Viv Richards as many expect him to be, even though Lara got more SDs than Greenidge and Haynes.
Ramnaresh Sarwan making this list ahead of Chris Gayle and Shivnarine Chanderpaul can be attributed to his remarkable consistency (2nd-lowest failure rate), ability to bat under pressure (2nd highest Pressure IMPACT) and success in chases (2nd-highest Chasing IMPACT).
It is also interesting to note that out of the 10 batsmen listed here, 4 of them are genuine all-rounders (Batting and Bowling IMPACT over 1) namely, Viv Richards, Clive Lloyd (though he did not bowl that often), Carl Hooper and Chris Gayle.
The stories that unfold on various batting parameters are revealing.
When it comes to Runs Tally IMPACT (proportion of match runs made through career), the highest impact batsmen are Gordon Greenidge, Vivian Richards and Desmond Haynes.
The highest Strike Rate IMPACT batsmen (highest strike rates relative to all the matches in their careers) are Vivian Richards, Clive Lloyd and Ricardo Powell.
The best Pressure IMPACT batsmen (those who absorbed the most pressure that came about due to fall of wickets) are Clive Lloyd, Ramnaresh Sarwan and Vivian Richards.
The batsmen with the highest Partnership Building IMPACT (who built the most partnerships in the middle) are Vivian Richards, Gordon Greenidge and Desmond Haynes.
The best Chasing IMPACT batsmen (who registered the highest impact while chasing a target) are Vivian Richards, Brian Lara and Ramnaresh Sarwan.
The batsmen with the lowest failure rates (a failure is seen in this system as an inability to register an IMPACT of even 1 in a match) are Gordon Greenidge, Ramnaresh Sarwan and Vivian Richards.
Do not miss the small detail of Vivian Richards being on every single one of these lists.
The Highest Impact Batting Performances in West Indies' ODI history:
1. RL Powell - 124 off 93 v India, Singapore, 1999 - Batting IMPACT 9.51
Chasing 255 in 50 overs in the Coca Cola final against India, West Indies collapsed to 67-4 in the 17th over when Ricardo Powell stepped in and played a whirlwind innings to take West Indies single-handedly to the title. He scored 68% of his runs in boundaries and decimated a comparatively weak Indian bowling attack.
2. IVA Richards - 138 not out off 157 v England, London, 1979 - Batting IMPACT 9.29
At a stage as big as the 1979 World Cup final, Viv Richards stepped in and rose to the occasion magnificently. Coming in when West Indies were under a bit of pressure at 22-1, he looked at ease and gave the West Indian innings a much needed momentum. However, wickets continued to fall around at him and soon the scorecard read 99-4 when he finally found an able ally in the form of Collis King. Both of them attacked the English bowling disdainfully and helped West Indies to a total of 286. In reply, England could muster up only 194 runs which eventually meant a second consecutive world title for West Indies - till now, their last.
3. BC Lara - 153 off 143 v Pakistan, Sharjah, 1993 - Batting IMPACT 7.93
Chasing 285 against Pakistan in this Champions Trophy final encounter, West Indies needed a good start to ensure that their chase was on course. Brian Lara made sure that he not only gave that start as opener but also continued West Indies' surge towards the championship till the very end. His flaying of the Pakistani attack, (which was a bit weakened by the absence of Aaqib Javed and Wasim Akram) saw him smacking 21 boundaries and by the time he was dismissed, West Indies were only 11 runs short of the target.
The above performances are all within the series/tournament context. The highest impact batting performance within a match context in West Indian ODI history is Vivian Richards' unbeaten knock of 189 off 170 against England in Manchester. Coming in to bat at 11-2, Richards scored 70% of his team's total runs. The highest score in the West Indian innings after him was 26. The entire English team in reply couldn't catch up with him and collapsed for 168. Vivian Richards' unbeaten 119 off 133 v England (Scarborough, 1976) and his unbeaten 153 off 130 v Australia (Melbourne, 1979) are the next highest impact innings within a match context.