The greatest batsman of all times: Sir Isaac Vivian Alexander Richards
Sir Isaac Vivian Alexander Richards, more popularly known as Viv is quite a recognized figure in the list of former West Indies cricketers. His fearless demeanor and determined performance earned him a lot of fame. At the same time, he enjoyed the intimidating aura he possessed against bowlers from the opposition team! Richards’s skill of taking good-length balls through midwickets from outside off-stumps is still known to be his trademark.
Born on 7th March, 1952, Richards was nominated amongst one of the top Cricketers of the Century back in 2000 and in 2002, he was also elected as one of the best ODI batsman alongside the honour of being the third greatest Test batsman of all time.
It was in 1974 in a Test match when Richards market his debit by giving in a challenging score followed with a victorious 192 in the second test match of the same series. He scored 8,540 runs in a total of 121 Test innings averaging 50.23 and included 24 centuries. During the World Series Cricket held during 1977-79, he also scored an impressive 5 centuries. Having made a score from only 56 balls during the 1986 tour against England, Richards won the title of ‘Scorer of the Fastest-Ever Test Century’. His achievement in the Cricket World Cup of 1975 was quite a memorable experience which followed with any superb feat in the following World Cup of 1979 wherein Richards made a century in the final.
Throughout his career, 1976 turned out to be the finest year as he was able to score 1,719 runs at an average of 90! Additionally, he made 7 centuries during the 11 Tests he was a part of. Richards savored the honor of captaining the West Indian team from 1984 to 1991, leading in 50 Test innings. He was the only West Indian captain who never lost any Test series. He played his entire career without any helmet on and was always ready to strike back!
Today, we affiliate hiss name with the Sir Vivian Richards Stadium: a cricket stadium in North Sound and has been named after him.