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Sir Viv Richards
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Personal information
Full name Sir Isaac Vivian Alexander Richards
Born 7 March 1952 (1952-03-07) (age 68)
St. John's, British Leeward Islands
Nickname Viv, Master Blaster
Height 5 ft 10 in (1.78 m)
Batting style Right-handed
Bowling style Right-arm medium/off-break
Role Batsman
International information
National side West Indies
Test debut (cap 151) 22 November 1974 v India
Last Test 8 August 1991 v England
ODI debut (cap 14) 7 June 1975 v Sri Lanka
Last ODI 27 May 1991 v England
Domestic team information
Years Team
1990–1993 Glamorgan
1976–1977 Queensland
1974–1986 Somerset
1971–1991 Leeward Islands
1971–1981 Combined Islands
Career statistics
Competition Test ODI FC LA
Matches 121 187 507 500
Runs scored 8,540 6,721 36,212 16,995
Batting average 50.23 47.00 49.40 41.96
100s/50s 24/45 11/45 114/162 26/109
Top score 291 189* 322 189*
Balls bowled 5,170 5,644 23,226 12,214
Wickets 32 118 223 290
Bowling average 61.37 35.83 45.15 30.59
5 wickets in innings 0 2 1 3
10 wickets in match 0 n/a 0 n/a
Best bowling 2/17 6/41 5/88 6/24
Catches/stumpings 122/– 100/– 464/1 238/–
Source: [1], 18 August 2007

Sir Isaac Vivian Alexander Richards, KNH, OBE (born 7 March 1952), known as Viv Richards, is a former Antiguan cricketer, who represented the West Indies at test and international levels. He is regarded as one of the greatest batsmen of all time. Richards was voted one of the five Cricketers of the Century by a 100-member panel of experts in 2000, along with Sir Donald Bradman, Sir Garfield Sobers, Sir Jack Hobbs and Shane Warne.

In one-day cricket, Richards was judged by Wisden Cricketers' Almanack to have played the best One Day International (ODI) innings of all time. In December 2002, he was chosen by Wisden as the greatest ODI batsman of all time, as well as the third greatest Test batsman of all time, after Sir Don Bradman and Sachin Tendulkar. His consistent batting ability is highly regarded; he is the first cricketer in ODI history to achieve 20 Man of the Match awards.

Overall, Richards scored 8,540 runs in 121 Test matches at an average of 50.23, including 24 centuries. As a captain, he won 27 of 50 Test matches and lost only 8. He also scored nearly 7,000 runs in One Day Internationals and more than 36,000 in first-class cricket. Knighted for his contributions to cricket, today Richards is an occasional cricket commentator and team mentor.

External links

Flag of West Indies West Indies Test cricket captains Flag of West Indies
1928; 1929/30: Nunes1929/30: Hoad1929/30: Betancourt1929/30: Fernandes • 1930/31–1934/35: J. Grant • 1939: R. Grant1947/48: Headley1947/48: Gomez • 1947/48–1957: Goddard1951/52; 1952/53–1953/54; 1954/55: Stollmeyer • 1954/55–1955/56: Atkinson • 1957/58–1959/60: Alexander • 1960/61–1963: Worrell • 1964/65–1971/72: Sobers • 1972/73–1973/74: Kanhai • 1974/75–1976/77; 1977/78; 1979/80–1984/85: Lloyd • 1977/78–1978/79: Kallicharran1979/80: Murray1980; 1983/84–1991: Richards1987/88: Greenidge1989/90; 1990/91: Haynes • 1991/92–1995: Richardson1993/94; 1994/95–1997/98: Walsh1996/97; 1997/98–2006/07: Lara • 1999/00–2000/01: Adams • 2000/01–2002/03: Hooper • 2002/03: Jacbos • 2004/05–2005/06: Chanderpaul • 2007–2008: Sarwan2007: Ganga • 2007/08; 2008; 2008/09–2010: Gayle2007/08: Bravo • 2009: Reifer • 2010/11–: Sammy
Flag of West Indies West Indies ODI cricket captains Flag of West Indies
1973: Kanhai • 1975–1984/85: Lloyd • 1977/78–1979/80: Murray • 1977/78: Kallicharran • 1980–1991: Richards • 1983/84: Holding • 1987/88–1988/89: Greenidge • 1989/90–1993/94: Haynes • 1989/90: Dujon • 1991/92–1995/96: Richardson • 1994/95–1997/98: Walsh • 1994/95–2006/07: Lara • 1996/97–2002/03: Hooper • 1998/99–2000/01: Adams • 2000/01: Campbell • 2002/03: Jacobs • 2003/04–2004: Sarwan • 2004/05–2005/06: Chanderpaul • 2005: Joseph • 2006/07–2010/11: Gayle • 2007/08: Bravo • 2009: Reifer • 2010–: Sammy • 2011/12: Ramdin

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Batsmen with a Test batting average above 50 vte
Australia Donald Bradman (99.94) • Greg Chappell (53.86) • Michael Clarke (52.96) • Ricky Ponting (51.85) • Jack Ryder (51.62) • Michael Hussey (51.52) • Steve Waugh (51.06) • Matthew Hayden (50.73) • Allan Border (50.56)
England Herbert Sutcliffe (60.73) • Eddie Paynter (59.23) • Ken Barrington (58.67) • Wally Hammond (58.45) • Jack Hobbs (56.94) • Len Hutton (56.67) • Ernest Tyldesley (55.00) • Denis Compton (50.06)
India Vinod Kambli (54.20) • Virat Kohli (53.76) • Sachin Tendulkar (53.78) • Rahul Dravid (52.31) • Cheteshwar Pujara (51.19) • Sunil Gavaskar (51.12)
New Zealand Kane Williamson (53.38)
Pakistan Javed Miandad (52.57) • Mohammad Yousuf (52.29) • Younus Khan (52.05)
South Africa Graeme Pollock (60.97) • Jacques Kallis (55.37) • Dudley Nourse (53.81) • AB de Villiers (50.66)
Sri Lanka Kumar Sangakkara (57.40)
West Indies * George Headley (60.83) • Everton Weekes (58.61) • Garfield Sobers (57.78) • Clyde Walcott (56.68) • Charlie Davis (54.20) • Brian Lara (52.88) • Shivnarine Chanderpaul (51.37) • Viv Richards (50.23)
Zimbabwe Andy Flower (51.54)


Batsmen with a ODI batting average above 40 vte
Australia George Bailey (40.58) • Michael Bevan (53.58) • Michael Hussey (48.15) • Adam Voges (45.78) • Michael Clarke (44.58) • Dean Jones (44.61) • Matthew Hayden (43.80) • Ricky Ponting (42.03) • Shane Watson (40.54) • Callum Ferguson (41.43) • Damien Martyn (40.80) • Greg Chappell (40.18)
Bangladesh
England Jonathan Trott (51.25) • Kevin Pietersen (40.73) • Nick Knight (40.41) • Chris Broad (40.02)
India Mahendra Singh Dhoni (50.57) • Virat Kohli (59.70) • Shikhar Dhawan (44.90) • Sachin Tendulkar (44.83) • Sourav Ganguly (41.02)
New Zealand Glenn Turner (47.00)
Pakistan Zaheer Abbas (47.62) • Misbah-ul-Haq (43.40) • Mohammad Yousuf (41.71) • Javed Miandad (41.70)
South Africa Hashim Amla (49.46) • AB de Villiers (53.50) • Jacques Kallis (44.36) • Boeta Dippenaar (42.23) • Lance Klusener (41.10) • Gary Kirsten (40.95)
West Indies Viv Richards (47.00) • Gordon Greenidge (45.03) • Ramnaresh Sarwan (42.67) • Shivnarine Chanderpaul (41.60) • Desmond Haynes (41.37) • Brian Lara (40.48)
The Netherlands Ryan ten Doeschate (67.00)

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