Richie Richardson

Richie Richardson develope a definite affinity to Australia during his playing career. He made his first century in first class cricket, 102 against power house Barbados in the 1993 Shell Shield at Kensington Oval, aged 21, actually wearing a baggy green Australian test cap, loaned him by Viv Richards. The first of his 16 Test centuries was against Australia, also at Kensington, against Kim Hughes' 1984 team after which Richardson took a futher eight off his favorite opponents. No other West Indian has managed as many against Australia.

A brilliant cavalier batsman Richie Richardson refused to wear a helmet for most of his career, opting for his trademark broad brimmed maroon sunhat. An attractive player with destructive shots square of the wicket and especially off the back foot he was extremely severe with the hook, pull and square-cut. Such was his confidence, and never one to refuse a challenge from the fast bowlers Richardson often played the hook for six over fielders position deep on the boundary set to trap him out caught.

Well liked for his brazen strokeplay by the cricket crazy fans of the Caribbean, Richardson did face a few challenges in his career. When he was chosen over Richards vice-captain Desmond Haynes for the captaincy and when Richards himself, Gordon Greenidge and Jeff Dujon were over look for the World Cup in Australia and New Zealand, with all three of them crying fowl of the selectors and board some how Richardson was held responsible. 

When his inexperience side didn't do well at the World Cup and Richardson made the naive comment after being beaten in the first ever meeting of a still all white South African team re-included to ICC tournaments after the apartheid banned was lifted, that it was "just another cricket match". Richardson returned home to face angry fans that booed him in his first appearance as captain on West Indian soil.

In 1994 Richie Richardson became the first documented case in International cricket of burnout when a joint staement from the West Indies Cricket Board of Control and Richardson English county, Yorkshire, on July 25th reveal both to be "concerned" about his "general mental and physical well-being". This meant an end to his Two year contract with Yorkshire and his exclusion from the West Indies tour of India from October through December 1994. 

After retiring from Test cricket, Richie Richardson played in South Africa for Northerns.  He is currently one of the Standford 20:20 legends with responsibility for Cayman Islands and Dominica.

Richie Richardson Test Cricket Statistics

Full Name Richard Benjamin Richardson

Number of Test

Number of ODIs 224

Test Run Aggregate

ODI Run Aggregate 6,248

Test Batting Average

ODI Batting Average 33.41

Total Test Wickets

Total ODI Wickets 1

Test Bowling Average

ODI Bowling Average 46.00

Test Centuries

ODI Centuries 5

Date of Birth

January 12, 1962, Five Islands Village, Antigua

Test Debut

India v West Indies at Mumbai - Nov 24-29, 1983 

Last Test Match

England v West Indies at The Oval - Aug 24-28, 1995 

ODI Debut

India v West Indies at Guwahati - Dec 17, 1983 
Last ODI Match Australia v West Indies at Chandigarh - Mar 14, 1996

Batting Style

Right hand bat

Bowling Style

Right-arm medium

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