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Viv Richards

West Indian Cricketer
Male
Hometown St. John's
Other Names Master Blaster

Sir Isaac Vivian Alexander Richards, KNH, OBE is a former West Indian cricketer. Known as Viv (or King Viv), he is almost unequivocally regarded as the greatest ODI batsman of all time, as also the most destructive and feared ever, and as one of the very greatest to have ever played the game.… Read More

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Timeline

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CHILDHOOD

1952 Birth Born in 1952.

TWENTIES

1974 22 Years Old Richards made his Test match debut for the West Indian cricket team in 1974 against India in Bangalore. … Read More
1975 23 Years Old In 1975 Richards helped the West Indies to win the inaugural Cricket World Cup final, a feat he later described as the most memorable of his career. … Read More
1976 24 Years Old 1976 was perhaps Richards' finest year: he scored 1710 runs, at an astonishing average of 90.00, with seven centuries in 11 Tests. … Read More

THIRTIES

1983 31 Years Old 1 More Event
During a match against Zimbabwe during the 1983 Cricket World Cup, Richards returned to the crease after a stoppage for bad light and accidentally took strike at the wrong end, which remains a very occurrence. … Read More
1985 33 Years Old However, despite his totemic presence at the club, over time his performances declined and the county finished bottom of the County Championship in 1985, and next to bottom in 1986.
1987 35 Years Old 1 More Event
New team captain Peter Roebuck became the centre of a controversy when he was instrumental in the county's decision not to renew the contracts of Richards and compatriot Joel Garner for the 1987 season, whose runs and wickets had brought the county much success in the previous eight years. … Read More
1989 37 Years Old Richards had a brief relationship with Indian actress Neena Gupta, with whom he has a daughter, Masaba, born in 1989.
1990 38 Years Old His captaincy was, however, not without controversy: one incident was his aggressive, "finger-flapping" appeal leading to the incorrect dismissal of England batsman Rob Bailey in the Barbados Test in 1990, which was described by Wisden as "at best undignified and unsightly. … Read More

FORTIES

1994 42 Years Old In 1994, Richards was appointed an Officer of the Order of the British Empire (OBE) for services to cricket.
1999 47 Years Old In 1999, he was made a Knight of the Order of the National Hero (KNH) by his native country Antigua and Barbuda. … Read More
2000 48 Years Old 1 More Event
…  Known as Viv (or King Viv), Richards was voted one of the five Cricketers of the Century in 2000, by a 100-member panel of experts, along with Sir Donald Bradman, Sir Garfield Sobers, Sir Jack Hobbs and Shane Warne.

FIFTIES

2002 50 Years Old 1 More Event
In February 2002, he was judged by Wisden to have played the best One Day International (ODI) innings of all time.
2004 52 Years Old In 2004, in a poll by ESPN, participated in by 15 of the leading names in cricketing history, Richards was voted the third greatest ever player after Bradman and Sobers, and the second greatest ever batsman after Bradman. … Read More
2005 53 Years Old He was until 2005 the only man to score a century and take 5 wickets in the same one-day international, against New Zealand at Dunedin in 1986–87. … Read More
2006 54 Years Old In 2006, in a study done by a team of ESPN's Cricinfo magazine, Richards was again chosen the greatest ODI Batsman ever. … Read More
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