Sir Viv Richards... One of The Cricketers of The Century

Sir Viv Richards made his Test debut as a twenty two year old, under new captain Clive Lloyd on the 1974-75 tour of India, Pakistan and Sri Lanka. Richards was seen as the brightest of a whole new bunch of talented players who had been sent to India under Lloyd. In the second Test at Delhi Richards announced himself to the cricketing world with a chanceless 192 not out. In due course Viv Richards was to

be acclaimed the greatest batsman of his time. He was named one of the five Wisden cricketers of the century in 2002. 

Sir Viv Richards came from Antigua an island which, until then, had never made a mark on West Indies cricket. Not until he and Andy Roberts emerged did the island have any real cricketing heroes of its own. The desire to succeed was thus all the more. He learnt his cricket on the beach and had done enough by the age of 19 to have people saying he was the best prospect the island had ever had. 

A brilliant aggresive batsman Viv Richards was particularly strong off the front foot. His strokeplay was intimidatory to oposition bowlers, he rely on his sharp eye-sight, and his great physical strength and power to punish the bowlers severely. Despite playing in an era dominated by some of the finest fast bowlers ever to play the game Richards opted to wear a cap rather than a cricket helmet. In 1979-80 after being struck in the face from a Rodney Hogg delivery the next ball went soaring into the stands for six and Richards continued to massacre Hogg until he left the field injured with figures of none for 59 from six overs.  

Richards was made captain of the West Indies for two years when Clive Lloyd retired form Test cricket in 1985.  He captain West Indies in 50 matches from 1985-87 and never lost a series, he won 27 and lost 8 matches.

Richards ended his career with a Test average of just over 50 - and a top score of 291 made against England at The Oval in 1976. He was also a brilliant cover point fielder, in 1975 at Lord's in the first World Cup Final, he spectacularly ran out three Australians. Towards the end of his career he fielded in the slips, where little escaped him. He could bowl medium pace and off-breaks.

After retiring from Test cricket, Sir Vivian Richards was coach of the West Indies team and chairman of selectors, he also received an honorary knighthood for his services to cricket, and was named as one of Wisden Five Cricketers of the Century in 2000. In the good company of Sir Donald Bradman, Sir Jack Hobbs, Shane Warne and Sir Garfield Sobers. He is currently one of the Standford 20:20 legends with responsibility for Guyana.

Sir Viv Richards Test Cricket Statistics

Full Name Sir Isaac Vivian Alexander Richards

Number of Test

Number of ODIs 187

Test Run Aggregate

ODI Run Aggregate 6,721

Test Batting Average

ODI Batting Average 47.00

Total Test Wickets

Total ODI Wickets 118

Test Bowling Average

ODI Bowling Average 35.83

Test Centuries

ODI Centuries 11

Date of Birth

March 7, 1952, St John's, Antigua

Test Debut

India v West Indies at Bangalore - Nov 22-27, 1974 

ODI Debut

Sri Lanka v West Indies at Manchester - Jun 7, 1975 

Last Test Match

England v West Indies at The Oval - Aug 8-12, 1991  
Last ODI Match England v West Indies at Lord's - May 27, 1991 

Batting Style

Right hand bat

Bowling Style

Right-arm slow

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Cricket Legends These players are the 50 greatest cricketers of the century, as voted by a blue-ribbon panel of judges assembled by ESPN. The panelists were asked to list in order, their top 50 players. Cricketing legends from Australia, England, India, New Zealand, Pakistan, South Africa and the West Indies all made it to the final 50. Among them are some famous West Indies fast bowlers, great Aussie legends, and modern heros of the game. Disc 5 features the great George Headley.
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Viv Richards The definitive Autobiography by Vivian Richards. For the first time since retirement, Richards tells the whole story. He pulls no punches telling of the humiliation for the West Indies at the hands of Thomson and Lillee, the days at Somerset flat sharing with Ian Botham, through to the world's fastest test century. 
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Paper Back Book
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Cricket Legend - Viv Richards: Richie Benaud introduces the career of one of the greatest batsmen the world has ever seen. 
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