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The Master Blaster – Sir Viv Richards

Legends are not born every day, rather they are formed with love, care, passion, hard work, struggle, and motivation.

March 7th marked the birthday of a very special person, a two-time World Cup winner, Sir Vivian Richards who scored a match-winning century in the 1979 World Cup Final against England.

One of the most prolific batsmen in the history of cricket, Sir Vivian Richards is considered among the greats who had played the game.

Cricket was mostly played in defensive style in the 1970s and 1980s era. It was Viv Richards who first introduced and showed the world cricket how to play aggressive cricket. Aggression might be an understatement for him, he was just a devastating player. For the era in which he played, it wasn’t normal to play like this, but he played with no fear and no helmet.

Test Cricket

  • Matches – 121
  • Runs – 8,540
  • Batting Average – 50.23
  • 100s/50s – 24/45
  • Highest Score – 291
  • Wickets – 32
  • Bowling Average – 61.37

ODI Cricket

  • Matches – 187
  • Runs – 6,721
  • Batting Average – 47.00
  • 100s/50s – 11/45
  • Highest Score – 189 not out
  • Wickets – 118
  • Bowling Average – 35.83

ODI cricket showed his strike rate at 90.20 which is ass whopping. Whenever he came out to bat, there were cheers and chants for him as the crowd would want an entertaining inning from him and he didn’t disappoint.

Sir Viv brags 6,721 runs, 11 centuries, a top score of 189 not out, and an average of 47.00. He came, he saw, he conquered — he truly entertained the crowd, brutally bludgeoned the ball and show no mercy to the bowlers and fielders.

Just an entertainer who can’t make his name to the list of one of the best batsmen who played the game?  His Test records show why his name is there. Viv Richards was not just a hitter of the ball. Certainly, a slogger can’t pile up 8,000 runs in test cricket. He scored 8,540 runs with an average of 50.23 which also included 24 centuries. He made his debut against India in 1974 and scored an unbeaten 192 in his second game.

Some of Sir Vivian Richards’ Achievements

  • One of four non-English cricketers to score 100 first-class centuries
  • Wisden Cricketer of the Year – 1977
  • 1st batsman to score a Test century at a strike-rate of over 150
  • Became the fastest batsman to score 1000 ODI runs in 21 innings, which later was broken by Fakhar Zaman of Pakistan who score 1000 ODI runs in 18 innings.
  • Fastest century in Test history in 1986 off just 56-balls, which remain a record for 28 years before first equaled by Misbah-ul-Haq and later bettered by Brendon McCullum who scored the century in 54-balls.
  • Highest individual ODI score at number 4 position – 189 not out
  • 1st player to score a fifty and take a five-wicket haul in the same ODI.
  • 1st player to score a century and take a five-wicket haul in the same ODI match.
  • 1st player to complete the double of scoring 1000 runs and taking 50 wickets in ODIs.
  • One of the five Wisden Cricketers of the Century – 2000
  • The cricket stadium in North Sound, Antigua was named after Viv Richards now called Sir Vivian Richards Stadium – 2007
  • Awarded Knighthood – 2014

Nigel Bell, Readers Bureau, Fellow

Edited by Jesus Chan

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