The most destructive batsman in world cricket. Admirably simple approach to batting.
A century off 71 balls against Lillee and Thomson at the WACA. West Indies reached 200 in the 20th (eight-ball) over.
The fastest Test century, in balls (56). An intimidating presence. When an umpire once told a fast bowler three bouncers in a row was enough, Viv said, "Don't stop him."
Features in two of the top four entries for most runs off an over in Tests. Exceptional against spinners.
Three times he scored a century in a session in Test cricket. Also kept the dressing room as loose as a size-eight cap.
The greatest cricketer of all time. As captain he claimed the final two wickets - caught at second slip and then caught at leg-slip - in the last over of a one-day match when the opposition needed six to win.
One of the cleanest strikers I've seen. Hit the second-fastest Test century (57 balls).
Champion bowler who made every ball an event worth watching. Would have loved bowling under Sobers' captaincy.
Great fast bowler who thought only of taking wickets, never of saving runs. Also bowled a "soap on a rope" in a festival match to an astonished batsman.
Extremely fast bowler with a wonderfully, rhythmic, long run to the wicket. Great entertainer either with bat or ball and perfect man to respond to the toast at the official function.
Bradman said he was the best bowler he ever saw. Aggressive legspinner, who once responded when asked if he'd ever performed a Mankad: "I never found a batsman that keen to get to the other end."
Former Australia captain Ian Chappell is now a cricket commentator and columnist