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Sir Viv Richards      

Full name Isaac Vivian Alexander Richards

Born March 7, 1952, St John's, Antigua

Current age 62 years 44 days

Major teams West Indies, Combined Islands, Glamorgan, Leeward Islands, Queensland, Somerset

Batting style Right-hand bat

Bowling style Right-arm slow

Other Coach

Relation Brother - M Richards, Half-brother - D Richards, Son - MA Richards

In a nutshell The man who gave "swagger" new meaning in cricket, Richards was the most destructive batsman of his era, and while there are many with greater records, few could take on, intimidate, and rip to shreds bowling attacks like he did. More

Isaac Vivian Alexander Richards
Batting and fielding averages
Mat Inns NO Runs HS Ave BF SR 100 50 6s Ct St
Tests 121 182 12 8540 291 50.23 24 45 84 122 0
ODIs 187 167 24 6721 189* 47.00 7451 90.20 11 45 100 0
First-class 507 796 63 36212 322 49.40 114 162 464 1
List A 500 466 61 16995 189* 41.96 26 109 238 0
Bowling averages
Mat Inns Balls Runs Wkts BBI BBM Ave Econ SR 4w 5w 10
Tests 121 103 5170 1964 32 2/17 3/51 61.37 2.27 161.5 0 0 0
ODIs 187 131 5644 4228 118 6/41 6/41 35.83 4.49 47.8 1 2 0
First-class 507 23220 10070 223 5/88 45.15 2.60 104.1 1 0
List A 500 12214 8872 290 6/24 6/24 30.59 4.35 42.1 4 3 0
Career statistics
Test debut India v West Indies at Bangalore, Nov 22-27, 1974 scorecard
Last Test England v West Indies at The Oval, Aug 8-12, 1991 scorecard
Test statistics
ODI debut Sri Lanka v West Indies at Manchester, Jun 7, 1975 scorecard
Last ODI England v West Indies at Lord's, May 27, 1991 scorecard
ODI statistics
First-class span 1971-1993
List A span 1973-1993
Recent matches
Bat & Bowl Team Opposition Ground Match Date Scorecard
- WI Masters v Eng Masters Bridgetown 30 Nov 2009 Other T20
1 WI Masters v SL Masters Bridgetown 27 Nov 2009 Other T20
Profile

You knew when he was coming. The outgoing batsman would already have disappeared into the pavilion, and the expectation of what was to follow filled the air. Viv kept you waiting... time to ponder. Then he appeared, sauntering, swaggering, arms windmilling slowly. He would take guard, and then, head tilted back slightly and cudding his gum, he would walk a few paces down the pitch to tap it while looking the bowler in the eye. It was calculated menace and magnificent theatre from arguably the most devastating batsman of all time.

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Scyld Berry on Richards

Emperor, empowerer

With his magnetic presence and enormous talent, he instilled a sense of self-belief in every team he played for

Stats analysis

In a league of his own

Despite a batting style that was outrageously aggressive, Richards' numbers stack up well against those of the world's best batsmen

Cricinfo picks - Our top articles on this player
  • Viv Richards (1977)
    The modern generation of cricket followers were provided with an ample illustration of what the legendary Don Bradman's domination of the game must have been like in the 1930's by the exploits of Isaac Vivian Alexander Richards
  • 'I felt I was an artist' (Feb 22, 2010)
    Viv Richards, the only captain under whom West Indies never lost a series, speaks about the sense of confrontation he brought to his cricket, his first Test in Antigua and his success against England
  • Caesar returns triumphant (Jan 31, 2010)
    The greatest cricketer of his generation, and the moment of his fulfillment
  • Viv Richards: bowler killer (Mar 24, 2004)
    For a decade, the swaggering superstar of Australia's summer carnival liked nothing better than smashing Aussies to a pulp
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Mar 13, 2014

Chris Gayle is flanked by Garry Sobers and Viv Richards, Bridgetown, March 13, 2014

Chris Gayle is flanked by Garry Sobers and Viv Richards

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Mar 11, 2014

Garry Sobers and Viv Richards caught up during the second T20, West Indies v England, 2nd T20, Barbados, March 11, 2014

Garry Sobers and Viv Richards caught up during the second T20

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Jul 31, 2013

Marlon Samuels and Vivian Richards watch Antigua Hawksbills train, Bridgetown, July 31, 2013

Marlon Samuels and Vivian Richards watch Antigua Hawksbills train

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Notes

Wisden Cricketer of the Year 1977

Walter Lawrence Trophy 1980

Walter Lawrence Trophy 1986

Selected as one of the Five Wisden Cricketers of the Century, 2000

Country Fixtures Country Results
1st Semi-Final: Barbados v Jamaica at Bridgetown - Apr 19-22
Barbados 245 Jamaica 52/1
2nd Semi-Final: Trinidad & T v Windward Is at Port of Spain - Apr 19-22
Windward Is 248 Trinidad & T 36/3
1st Test: West Indies v New Zealand at Kingston
Jun 8-12, 2014 (10:00 local | 15:00 GMT | 11:00 EDT | 10:00 CDT | 08:00 PDT)
2nd Test: West Indies v New Zealand at Port of Spain
Jun 16-20, 2014 (10:00 local | 14:00 GMT | 10:00 EDT | 09:00 CDT | 07:00 PDT)
3rd Test: West Indies v New Zealand at Providence
Jun 26-30, 2014 (10:00 local | 14:00 GMT | 10:00 EDT | 09:00 CDT | 07:00 PDT)
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