Sir Viv Richards

Swagger. This is a term frequently used to describe Sir Vivian Richards' batting approach. He never wore a helmet and would enter the crease slowly to thunderous applause from the crowd, which only wanted to see him entertain them.

Richards will undoubtedly rank among the top Test batters of all time thanks to his five centuries World Series of Cricket.

Cricket player Sir Isaac Vivian Alexander Richards also referred to as the Master Blaster, Viv, or King Viv represents Antigua and Barbuda. He is renowned for his powerful batting abilities and is likely the best batsman of his generation.

Personal Information

Born: 7 March 1952 Nationality: Antiguan
Years Active: (1974-1991) Birth Place: St John’s British Leeward islands
Height: 5ft 10in Role: Batsman
Batting Style: Right-handed Bowling Style: Right-arm slow seam
Right-arm Off-break
Nickname: Master Blaster, Smokin Joe, King Viv  

Sir Viv Richards’s Journey


Richards was born in St. John's, Antigua, which at the time was a part of the British Leeward Islands, to Malcolm and Gretel Richards. He received a scholarship to attend Antigua Grammar Secondary School after St. John's Boys Primary School.

Young Richards became interested in cricket. Mervyn and Donald, his brothers, were amateur players for Antigua in the game, and they urged him to participate. The young Viv initially trained with his father and a neighbor and family friend named Pat Evanson, who had led the Antigua team.

Richards and his wife Miriam have two kids: Mali, who has also played first-class cricket, and Matara, who currently resides in Toronto, Canada. He also serves as Liam Botham's godfather.

Ascend to Glory

He led his team in 50 games, winning 27 of them, making him the only West Indies captain who has never lost a Test series.

The fastest Test century ever is still held by Sir Viv. This outstanding cricket performance against England in 1985 took just 56 balls. In front of his loving compatriots, it was created in Antigua. In a 1984 game against Australia, he also scored the fifth-fastest double-century, off 242 balls.

Richards returned to the crease during a pause for poor lighting during a match against Zimbabwe during the 1983 Cricket World Cup and unintentionally took a strike at the incorrect end, which is still an extremely uncommon occurrence.

Statistics and Records

In 121 Test matches over the course of his Test career, he amassed 8,540 runs at an average of 50.23. (including 24 centuries). Between 1977 and 1979, Richards also had 5 centuries in World Series Cricket. These are not acknowledged as "official" Test hundreds by the ICC.

Richards was a successful Test captain, losing just 8 of his 50 games. In addition, he is the author of the 56-ball century against England in Antigua during the 1986 tour that ranks as the second-fastest Test century ever. In test cricket, he hit 84 sixes. Along with Ramnaresh Sarwan, he ranks sixth on the list of the top individual West Indies scores with his highest innings of 291.

Richards became the first batsman to reach a century in a Test with a strike rate over 150 in 1986. He was the first player in ODI history to record both a 1000-run total and 50 wickets. Holds the highest individual ODI score record when batting at 4th position (189*).

Career Journey

The cricketing accomplishments of Sir Vivian throughout the 17 years he played on the international scene are incredible. He rose to become the primary pillar in the Clive Lloyd-built stronghold of Caribbean cricket, dominating the game for an unparalleled two decades.

Both versions of the games were won by Sir Viv. He instilled fear in the hearts of professional bowlers by playing every trick in the book and, audaciously, inventing some of his own. For thirty years, he held the record for the most runs in a single year. This record was achieved over the course of 19 innings in three different Test matches, including one in England and two in the West Indies against a deadly Indian spin quartet and Australia's most hostile bowlers at the time.

Honors and Awards

Richards received the OBE (Officer of the Order of the British Empire) in 1994 for his contributions to cricket. His homeland Antigua and Barbuda honored him with the title of Knight of the Order of the National Hero (KNH) in 1999.

In his honor, the Sir Vivian Richards Stadium in North Sound, Antigua, was named. For the 2007 Cricket World Cup, it was constructed.

Career Statistics

Viv Richards, also known as "King Viv," was a stout and brave hitter. In cricket, he oversaw the West Indies' most successful phase.

Matches: 187 Run Scored: 6721
Batting Average: 47.0 Top Score: 189
100/50: 11/45 Wickets: 118
Matches: 93 Run Scored: 8032
Batting Average: 57.78 Top Score: 365
100/50: 26/30 Wickets: 235
Matches: 121 Run Scored: 8540
Batting Average: 50.24 Top Score: 291
100/50: 24/45 Wickets: 32

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