Viv Richards

West Indian Cricketer

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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Learn about the memorable moments in the evolution of Viv Richards.


1952 Birth Born on March 7, 1952.


1972 20 Years Old Richards made his first-class debut in January 1972 when he was 19. … Read More
1973 21 Years Old 1 More Event
In 1973, his abilities were noticed by Len Creed, Vice Chairman at Somerset, who was in Antigua at the time as part of a West Country touring side.
Richards then moved to Taunton in 1974 in preparation for his professional debut with Somerset CCC where he was assigned living accommodation by the club; a flat-share with two other county players: Ian Botham and Dennis Breakwell.
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


1983 31 Years Old 1 More Event
Richards had a long and successful career in the County Championship in England, playing for many years for Somerset. In 1983, the team won the NatWest Trophy, with Richards and close friend Ian Botham having a playful slugging match in the final few overs. … Read More
1987 35 Years Old 1 More Event
New team captain Peter Roebuck became the centre of a major 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, fashion designer Masaba Gupta, born in 1989. … Read More
1990 38 Years Old 1 More Event
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


1994 42 Years Old In 1994, Richards was appointed an Officer of the Order of the British Empire (OBE) for services to cricket. … Read More
2000 48 Years Old 1 More Event
In 2000, Richards was named by a 100-member panel of experts one of the five Wisden Cricketers of the Century. … 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
2010 58 Years Old Richards was featured in the 2010 documentary movie Fire in Babylon and spoke about his experiences playing for the West Indies.


2013 61 Years Old Richards joined the Delhi Daredevils as their Mentor in The Indian Premier League in 2013.
2016 64 Years Old Richards also mentored the Quetta Gladiators in the 2016 Pakistan Super League. … Read More
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