Sir Richard Hadlee      

Full name Richard John Hadlee

Born July 3, 1951, St Albans, Christchurch, Canterbury

Current age 66 years 324 days

Major teams New Zealand, Canterbury, Marylebone Cricket Club, New Zealand Invitation XI, Nottinghamshire, Tasmania

Batting style Left-hand bat

Bowling style Right-arm fast

Other Commentator

Height 6 ft 1 in

Education Christchurch Boys' High School

Relation Father - WA Hadlee, Wife - K Hadlee, Brother - BG Hadlee, Brother - DR Hadlee

Richard John Hadlee
    January 3, 1972
    c B Hadlee b R Hadlee
    Joins brother Barry in the Canterbury side. Takes 3 for 57 and 1 for 26 on his first-class debut, after being hit for a four first ball. The second of those wickets comes through a catch by Barry.
    January 16, 1972
    Third match, three in three
    In his third week as a first-class cricketer, he removes Ken Wadsworth (lbw), Blair Furlong (bowled) and John Howell (bowled) of Central Districts to complete his first first-class hat-trick and hasten a nine-wicket win for Canterbury.
    February 2, 1973
    Richard Hadlee to Sadiq Mohammad, four runs
    His first delivery on Test debut is hit for four too. He takes 2 for 84 and 0 for 28 in a weather-affected draw. Shows all-round capabilities by smashing 46 runs in 49 minutes. For the next two Tests he gives way to brother Dayle and so sets the pattern of his Test career for the next three years: sometimes in, as often out.
    February 13-17, 1976
    Fourth seamer, 11 wickets
    Hadlee is not expecting to play when he is included in the XII for the third Test against the visiting Indians in 1976. On the morning of the Test, though, New Zealand exclude the spinner Hedley Howarth, and Hadlee, coming on initially as fourth seamer, finishes with a match return of 11 for 58, Test record figures by a New Zealander.
    February 10-14, 1978
    First win over Blighty
    Takes 6 for 26 in a lethal 13.3-over spell, to go with 4 for 74 in the first innings, as England fail to get even half of the 137-run target in Wellington. It is New Zealand's first Test win over England.
    Winter of 1978
    Sales manager no more
    Has to give up his day job in Christchurch when he travels to England for a double-wicket tournament. It is while in England that he is approached by Nottinghamshire to replace Clive Rice, who has been sacked for his involvement with World Series Cricket. Nottinghamshire reconsider: Rice returns, Hadlee remains.
    February 8-13, 1980
    New Zealand's leading wicket-taker
    Another double-figure haul, 11 for 102, is responsible for a dramatic win over West Indies, as well as making him New Zealand's leading wicket-taker. In addition, he becomes the first New Zealander to 100 wickets and 1000 runs in Tests.
    February 26, 1980
    Hadlee the batsman
    In the second Test of the series, he scores his maiden century, setting up a draw and also a 1-0 series win over West Indies. It is the start of a 12-year unbeaten home-series record for New Zealand.
    London calling
    For his services to cricket, he is awarded the MBE in the 1980 Queen's Birthday Honours.
    Trent Bridge's titan
    Operating off a shorter run - 15 paces as against 23 - he is the only bowler to cross 100 first-class wickets in English season of 1981. His all-round contribution of 105 wickets at 14.89 and 745 runs at 32.39 takes Nottinghamshire to their first title since 1929. Wisden names him a Cricketer of the Year.
    August 28, 1983
    200 wickets
    With the wicket of Norman Cowans at Trent Bridge, Hadlee becomes the 19th man to take 200 Test wickets. Of the 18 ahead of him, only Garry Sobers, Ian Botham, Kapil Dev, Richie Benaud, and Imran Khan have more runs than Hadlee's 1601.
    Stress takes its toll
    Experiences mental-health problems due to the stress of international cricket and public-speaking engagements. Takes a holiday to Rarotonga, where he runs into Dennis Lillee, and the two share their feelings about the pressure of cricket. Comes back to do well in the England series, scoring 144 runs in four innings and taking 21 wickets.
    November-December, 1985
    Doing Oz in Oz
    Takes 33 wickets at 12.15 in three Tests in Australia, the third-best figures ever in a three-match series, including another 11-wicket match haul and his personal best innings haul of 9 for 52, setting up New Zealand's first series win on Australian soil.
    February 21, 1986
    Triple threat
    When he gets Allan Border lbw in Wellington, he becomes only the sixth man to 300 Test wickets. He has already overtaken his two allrounder rivals in terms of wickets, Kapil Dev (281) and Imran Khan (254), and is behind only Ian Botham (345). New Zealand go on to win the series 1-0.
    Season of torment
    Takes a ten-for in Melbourne to nearly fashion an unlikely Test win, but Mike Whitney, the Aussie No. 11, negotiates the last over to secure a draw. Had Hadlee broken through then, it would have taken him one ahead of Ian Botham's world record of 373 wickets. The record doesn't come in the next Test either, as he breaks down on the first morning and is ruled out for the whole series. At an awards dinner at the end of the season, Richie Benaud, seeing Hadlee hobble up to the stage, thinks he "would never play cricket again".
    November 12, 1988
    The record
    Reconsiders his decision of not touring India after his stomach troubles on the 1976 tour. On the first morning of the Bangalore Test, he overtakes Ian Botham's record of 373 wickets with Arun Lal's wicket, getting there in 19 Tests fewer than the incumbent. His match-winning ten-wicket haul in Bombay dispenses doubts about his fitness, but New Zealand lose the series 1-2.
    February-March, 1990
    More records
    Gets to 400 wickets with the dismissal of Sanjay Manjrekar in Christchurch, followed by his 100th first-class five-for, against Australia in Wellington. Follows it up with the announcement that he will retire after the England tour.
    June 16, 1990
    Arise Sir Richard
    It is announced that he is to be knighted for his services to cricket, although the honour is actually conferred in October later in the year.
    June-July, 1990
    Leaving on a high
    Is Man of the Match in his penultimate Test for an 84-ball 86. His last bowling effort, at Edgbaston, is a five-for, and his last delivery in Tests gets him the wicket of Devon Malcolm.
    April 3, 2009
    Hall of Fame
    In a ceremony during the Wellington Test against India, Hadlee is inducted into the ICC Hall of Fame.