In his career of 17 years, Vivian Richards never used a helmet. This was the era of 70s, 80s, when there was terror of fast bowlers. The cricket pitch was also made in favor of pacers. A right-handed batsman, Richards also bowled right arm off break.
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Vivian Richards scored 8540 runs in Test cricket at an average of over 50. During this, he scored 24 centuries, 45 half-centuries and also took 32 wickets. Scored 6721 runs in ODIs at an average of 47. In ODIs, he took 118 wickets with 11 centuries and 45 fifties. Former New Zealand cricketer Ian Smith once said that Vivian Richards would have been the fans’ favorite batsman in the T20 format and the franchise would have opened the vault for him. There would be competition between the teams to join them.
did not lose a single test series
In the year 1977, he was awarded the Wisden Cricketer of the Year and in the year 2022, the Wisden Best ODI Cricketer of All Time. You would be surprised to know that Vivian Richards did not lose a single Test series under his captaincy. In the 2023 IPL, he was associated with the Delhi Daredevils team as a mentor. There is a grand stadium named after him in Antigua.
13 year old record
Vivian Richards played an unbeaten inning of 189 in Manchester ODI against England. This record of defending the highest score in an innings in ODIs for the longest time still stands today. Pakistan’s Saeed Anwar came close to breaking his record. Anwar broke Richards’ record by scoring 194 against India on 21 May 1997 at Chennai. This record remained in the name of Pak opener for 12 years and nine months.
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