West Indian magician Sir Vivian Richards
Shary | 02 Dec 2010


“SOME OF our players today don’t seem too sure who or what they are representing. Even though the board is not behaving well they must still have personal pride.”
These are the outrageous comments of the head honcho of West Indies Cricket, Sir Vivian Richards.
Richards has played 50 test matches as a skipper. He decorated his wonderful career as the only captain of West Indies team who never lost a Test Series. His high-flying career in both Test and ODIs is one of the best in the world, without any controversies. Despite the fact that at his time, Twenty20 had not even started; he has shown optimum interest in this variation of the sport.
“I believe there is room for all three forms of the game but the administrators have to get their scheduling right,” he said.
Richards was a batsman who could give jitters to any bowler, by his aggressive and attacking bating art. It was Richards whose abilities especially in tense situations were often accepted by the all time terrific bowlers.
Richards was a very powerful right-handed batsman who was a seasoned sportsperson of both forms of cricket, he was a clinger when he was playing test cricket and in ODI he converted himself as the best feeding frenzy. In his 17 years’ career span he played without helmet in all kinds of cricket, he is the player who was always regarded as the most outstanding by his opponents, fans, journalists and rest of world alike.
He was one of the favorite players of cricket lovers of his time and even after that. He was an aggressive batsman when needed, relaxed opposition in tense situation. Richards is a legendary cricketer of decades.
Full name Sir Isaac Vivian Alexander Richards
Date of Birth 7 March 1952 (1952-03-07)
Height 5 ft 10
Batting style Right-handed
Test debut 22 November 1974 v India
Last Test 8 August 1991 v Eng
ODI debut 7 June 1975 v S.L
Last ODI 27 May 1991 v Eng
Total Test Runs 8540
Total ODI Runs 6721
Highest Test Score 291
Highest ODI score 189
Titles Wisden Cricketer of the Year 1977
Walter Lawrence Trophy 1980
Walter Lawrence Trophy 1986
Selected as one of the Five Wisden Cricketer
of the Century 2000