Viv Richards
West Indian cricketer
Viv Richards
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.
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We can still win series, says McCullum despite Gabba mauling
Yahoo News - over 1 year
Skipper Brendon McCullum on Monday said New Zealand still had high hopes of ending their Australian Test series drought despite being "comprehensively outplayed" in the first match in Brisbane. McCullum said the Black Caps expected to be boosted by the recovery of pace spearhead Tim Southee from injury for the second match in Perth as they look for their first Test series win in Australia for 30 years. New Zealand slipped to a heavy, 208-run defeat at Brisbane's Gabba ground, where Australia have not been beaten since losing to Viv Richards' all-conquering West Indies in 1988.
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West Indies dance to victory – literally!
The Express Tribune Blogs - over 4 years
Like a raging fire, West Indies rose again to finally be crowned world champs. And it was heartening to see so -not because Sri Lanka had ousted Pakistan in the semi-final, although I did feel a little satisfaction at that – but because it is after a very long time that West Indies have won something of note. This is the country, or a collection of Islands depending on your perspective, that gave us world class players like Viv Richards, Clive Loyds, Brian Lara, Curtley Ambrose and many more. They had the best pace attack to have ever graced this ... Read Full Post
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A Good Job Is Hard to Find
Mother Jones - over 4 years
Via Richard Kirsch, here's an interesting juxtaposition courtesy of the Center for Economic and Policy Research. They set out to calculate the number of workers with "good jobs," and they set a fairly low bar. A good job is one that pays $37,000 (the median wage for men in 1979), includes at least some health insurance, and some kind of retirement plan. It doesn't have to be generous health coverage or a generous retirement plan. Mediocre health plans with big copays still count, and modest 401(k) retirement plans count. The job just has to include something. The two charts below show what's happened over the past 30 years. The chart on the left tracks education levels, and it shows that the number of high school dropouts and high school grads has gone down, while the number of workers with at least some college or a college degree has gone up. Despite that, as the chart on the right shows, the percentage of people employed in good jobs has steadily declined. It's gone down more at ...
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Sir Viv Richards interview by Nasser Hussain
Daily Mail (UK) - over 4 years
Sir Viv Richards sits with Nasser Hussain to share his thoughts on West Indies, a certain Sir Ian Botham and the passion that still burns within.
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Sir Viv tips England to dominate
Byron Shire News - over 4 years
West Indies legend Sir Viv Richards expects Andrew Strauss's England to dominate Test cricket over the next few years.
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Former West Indian cricketer Richards talks at a news conference ahead of the Cricket World Cup final in Barbados
Yahoo News - over 4 years
Former West Indian cricketer Viv Richards talks to journalists at a news conference ahead of the Cricket World Cup final in Barbados April 26, 2007. REUTERS/Tim Wimborne/Files
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Virat Kohli: A boy among giants?
The Express Tribune Blogs - almost 5 years
He averages over 50 runs in ODIs, has 11 ODI centuries (10 of which have come in victories), averages over 65 in ODI wins and is only 23-years-old. Virat Kohli has not even completed four full years in international cricket. Yet, he already has achievements to boast about that some ODI greats haven’t even attained yet. Kohli has as many ODI centuries as Viv Richards, Gordon Greenidge, and Aravinda De Silva managed in their entire careers. In addition to this, he has  scored more ODI centuries than Gautam Gambhir, Matthew Hayden, Inzamamul Haq, Kevin Pietersen, Javed Miandad and Dean Jones to name a few. One can’t even say that he has been bashing the minnows on batting-friendly pitches as he has scored hundreds in one day matches against Australia, England, Pakistan, Sri Lanka and New Zealand both at home and away. What is remarkable about these achievements is the fact that he is still at the initial stage of his ODI career, having established himself as a sure starter in the ...
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Viv Richards backs Gayle
Yahoo News - about 5 years
The 32-year-old Gayle has been sidelined from West Indies national team since the 2011 World Cup, for criticising the Board and its head coach Ottis Gibson in an interview with a Jamaican radio station.
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Somerset chief angered by failure to follow game-plan - Bristol Evening Post
Google News - over 5 years
"The Somerset team I captained to a number of trophies had big players like Ian Botham and Viv Richards and part of what made them big players was that they performed on the big occasion. For whatever reason, we are not able to do that at the moment
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Imran Khan: 'America is destroying Pakistan. We're using our army to kill our ... - The Guardian
Google News - over 5 years
"I know for myself and my contemporaries Viv Richards [the great West Indies batsman] and Sunil Gavaskar [the no-less-great Indian batsman] beating the English at cricket was a means of doing that. We wanted to assert our equality on the cricket field
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HOME-GROWN CHAMPS THE CREAM OF THE CROP - Express.co.uk
Google News - over 5 years
It has lodged in the memory longer than the batting of Viv Richards and the bowling of Michael Holding, both of whom were playing in that SDLqroutineSDRq fixture – not to mention England internationals like Vic Marks, Paul Allott and Graeme Fowler
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When both openers were out on identical score - Rediff
Google News - over 5 years
In October 1989, Viv Richards -- playing against India in the Nehru Cup semi-final at Mumbai's Wankhede stadium -- got the award for holding three catches in the field and his captaincy. It must, however, be said that Richards's choice as man of the
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Cricket greats congratulate deserving Ambrose - Antigua Observer
Google News - over 5 years
ST JOHN'S, Antigua – Former West Indies cricket captains and batting legends, Sir Vivian “Viv” Richards and “Richie” Richardson, have congratulated former pacer and teammate Curtly Ambrose on his induction into the International Cricket Council (ICC)
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Titans to play like Sir Viv? - SuperSport.com
Google News - over 5 years
"The person I learnt the most from was Viv Richards, he had incredible self-belief. He could also really motivate within a group out in the middle, and he wasn't even the captain. "Bold and aggressive, I believe that's the way to play, but the players
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Sir Viv seeing stars after Newbridge visit - South Wales Argus
Google News - over 5 years
THERE can't have been too many occasions when Sir Viv Richards has been star struck. Yet when the cricketing giant from Antigua – one of Wisden's five players of the century – was doing the rounds on the after-dinner speaking circuit
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Timeline
Learn about memorable moments in the evolution of Viv Richards
    FORTIES
  • 2016
    Richards also mentored the Quetta Gladiators in the 2016 Pakistan Super League.
    More Details Hide Details Quiet and self-contained away from the pitch, Richards was a very powerful right-handed batsman with an extremely attacking style, "possibly the most destructive batsman the sport has ever seen". He was also an excellent fielder and a more than competent off-spin bowler. He is often regarded as the most physically devastating and exciting batsman that ever played the game by cricketers, journalists, fans and others alike, and played his entire 17-year career without a helmet. His fearless and aggressive style of play, and relaxed but determined demeanor made him a great crowd favourite and an intimidating prospect for opposition bowlers all over the world. The word "swagger" is frequently used to describe his batting style. His batting often completely dominated opposing bowlers. He had the ability to drive good-length balls from outside off-stump through midwicket, his trademark shot, and was one of the great exponents of the hook shot.
  • 2013
    Richards joined the Delhi Daredevils as their Mentor in The Indian Premier League in 2013.
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  • 2010
    Richards was featured in the 2010 documentary movie Fire in Babylon and spoke about his experiences playing for the West Indies.
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  • THIRTIES
  • 2006
    In 2006, in a study done by a team of ESPN's Cricinfo magazine, Richards was again chosen the greatest ODI Batsman ever.
    More Details Hide Details Former cricketer Derek Pringle also rates Richards to be the best batsman ever in the history of Limited Overs Cricket. In his Test career, he scored 8,540 runs in 121 Test matches at an average of 50.23 (including 24 centuries). Richards also scored 5 centuries in World Series Cricket between 1977–79. These are not recognised by the ICC as "official" Test centuries. Richards won 27 of 50 matches as a Test captain, and lost only 8. He is also the scorer of the equal second fastest-ever Test century, from just 56 balls against England in Antigua during the 1986 tour. He hit 84 sixes in Test cricket. His highest innings of 291 is equal seventh (along with Ramnaresh Sarwan) on the list of West Indies' highest individual scores.
  • 2000
    In 2000, Richards was named one of the five Wisden Cricketers of the Century, coming fifth behind Sir Donald Bradman, Sir Garfield Sobers, Sir Jack Hobbs and Shane Warne in the poll of 100 international cricket experts appointed by Wisden Cricketers' Almanack.
    More Details Hide Details Several prominent personalities including former cricketer Imran Khan and writer John Birmingham are of the opinion that Richards was the best ever batsman against genuine fast bowling. For Barry Richards, Ravi Shastri and Neil Fairbrother, he has been cited as the best batsman they personally witnessed. Wasim Akram rates Richards the greatest batsman he ever bowled to, ahead of Sunil Gavaskar and Martin Crowe. Crowe himself rates Richards as the best batsman he played against, along with Greg Chappell. Arguably the two greatest spinners ever, Muthiah Muralitharan and Shane Warne both idolize Richards. Murali idolized Richards in his years growing up, while Warne rates him the greatest batsman "for me", and overall just after Bradman. The ICC came out with their rankings for the best batsmen and bowlers in the history of the game for both the longer and shorter versions. The ratings for Test Cricket had Vivian Richards ranked 6th after Sir Donald Bradman, Sir Len Hutton, Sir Jack Hobbs, Ricky Ponting and Peter May. The ODI ratings placed Richards in 1st followed by Zaheer Abbas and Greg Chappell. These rankings were based on the level achieved by the batsmen at their respective peaks.
    In 2000, Richards was named by a 100-member panel of experts one of the five Wisden Cricketers of the Century.
    More Details Hide Details He received 25 votes, behind Sir Donald Bradman (100 votes), Sir Garfield Sobers (90 votes), Sir Jack Hobbs (30 votes) and Shane Warne (27 votes).
  • TWENTIES
  • 1994
    In 1994, Richards was appointed an Officer of the Order of the British Empire (OBE) for services to cricket.
    More Details Hide Details In 1999, he was made a Knight of the Order of the National Hero (KNH) by his native country Antigua and Barbuda. The Sir Vivian Richards Stadium in North Sound, Antigua, is named in his honour. It was built for use in the 2007 Cricket World Cup. The ground has hosted three Test matches, as well as a number of One-Day Internationals and T20 Internationals. Some writers contend that Richards also played international football for Antigua and Barbuda, appearing in qualifying matches for the 1974 World Cup. However, he does not appear in recorded line-ups for these matches. Richards and his wife Miriam have two children: Matara, who currently lives in Toronto, Canada, and Mali, who has also played first-class cricket. Richards is also godfather to Ian Botham's son, Liam.
  • 1990
    Richards returned to county cricket for the 1990 season towards the end of his career to play for Glamorgan, helping them to win the AXA Sunday League in 1993.
    More Details Hide Details Richards refused a "blank-cheque" offer to play for a rebel West Indies squad in South Africa during the Apartheid era in 1983, and again in 1984. Richards is frequently heard on BBC's Test Match Special (TMS).
    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.
    More Details Hide Details At worst, it was calculated gamesmanship". This behaviour would nowadays be penalised according to Section 2.5. of the Rules of Conduct of the ICC Code of Conduct.
  • TEENAGE
  • 1989
    Richards had a brief relationship with Indian actress Neena Gupta, with whom he has a daughter, fashion designer Masaba Gupta, born in 1989.
    More Details Hide Details He is a supporter of Liverpool F.C. in English football's Premier League.
  • 1987
    After his sacking from Somerset, Richards spent the 1987 season in the Lancashire League playing as Rishton CC's professional, in preparation for the West Indies tour the following season.
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    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.
    More Details Hide Details Somerset proposed to replace the pair with New Zealand batsman Martin Crowe. Consequently, Ian Botham refused a new contract with Somerset in protest at the way his friends Richards and Garner had been treated and he promptly joined local rivals Worcestershire. After many years of bitterness over the event and the eventual removal of Roebuck from the club, Richards was eventually honoured with the naming of a set of entrance gates and a stand after him at the County Ground, Taunton.
  • 1983
    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 rare occurrence. However, despite his totemic presence at the club, over time his performances declined as he devoted most of his time to international cricket. The county finished bottom of the County Championship in 1985, and next to bottom in 1986.
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    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.
    More Details Hide Details Richards captained the West Indies in 50 Test matches from 1984 to 1991. He is the only West Indies captain never to lose a Test series, and it is said that his fierce will to win contributed to this achievement.
  • CHILDHOOD
  • 1976
    1976 was perhaps Richards' finest year: he scored 1710 runs, at an astonishing average of 90.00, with seven centuries in 11 Tests.
    More Details Hide Details This achievement is all the more remarkable considering he missed the second Test at Lord's after contracting glandular fever; yet he returned to score his career-best 291 at the Oval later in the summer. This tally stood as the world record for most Test runs by a batsman in a single calendar year for 30 years until broken by Mohammad Yousuf of Pakistan on 30 November 2006.
  • 1975
    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.
    More Details Hide Details He starred in the field, running out Alan Turner, Ian Chappell and Greg Chappell. The West Indies were again able to win the following World Cup in 1979, thanks to a Richards century in the final at Lord's, and Richards believes that on both occasions, despite internal island divisions, the Caribbean came together. 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. He rescued his side from a perilous position at Old Trafford in 1984 and, in partnership with Michael Holding, smashed 189 to win the game off his own bat.
  • 1974
    Richards made his Test match debut for the West Indian cricket team in 1974 against India in Bangalore.
    More Details Hide Details He made an unbeaten 192 in the second Test of the same series in New Delhi. The West Indies saw him as a strong opener and he kept his profile up in the early years of his promising career.
    On 27 April 1974 Richards made his Benson & Hedges Cup debut for Somerset against Glamorgan in Swansea; after the game Somerset skipper Brian Close arranged a player's ovation for Richards in recognition of his playing and contribution to the victory.
    More Details Hide Details Richards was awarded Man of the Match.
    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.
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  • 1973
    Richards relocated to the United Kingdom, where Creed arranged for him to play league cricket for Lansdown C.C. in Bath. He made his Lansdown debut, as part of the second XI, at Weston-super-Mare on 26 April 1973.
    More Details Hide Details Richards was also employed by the club as assistant groundsman to head groundsman, John Heyward, to allow him some financial independence until his career was established. After his debut he was promoted to the first team where he was introduced to the Lansdown all-rounder "Shandy" Perera from Ceylon (now Sri Lanka). Richards cites Perera as a major influence on his cricket development especially with regards to post-game analysis. He finished his first season at Lansdown top of the batting averages and shortly afterwards was offered a two-year contract with county side Somerset.
    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.
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  • 1972
    Richards made his first-class debut in January 1972 when he was 19.
    More Details Hide Details He took part in a non-competition match, representing the Leeward Islands against the Windwards: Richards made 20 and 26. His competitive debut followed a few days later. Playing in the domestic West Indian Shell Shield for the Combined Leeward and Windward Islands in Kingston, Jamaica versus Jamaica, he scored 15 and 32, top-scoring in the second innings in a heavy defeat for his side. By the time Richards was 22, he had played matches in the Antigua, Leeward Islands and Combined Islands tournaments.
  • OTHER
  • 1952
    Born on March 7, 1952.
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