Sir Viv Richards
Sir Viv Richards – West Indian cricketing legend Sir Vivian Richards has come on board with Spartan as one of our manufacturing consultants. Sir Viv is an immortal, known as one of the greatest batsman to ever grace the sport.
Richards was a very powerful right-handed batsman with an extremely attacking style, as well as being 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 and played his entire 17-year career without a helmet.
He was born in Antigua, to a cricket-loving family who encouraged him to play the sport from a young age. His brothers both represented Antigua, while his dad had captained. In the early 70s, Sir Viv moved to England to further his career; this proved a hugely worthwhile move, as he quickly moved up the ranks into professional cricket.
He made his test debut for the West Indies in 1974 against India, and made an unbeaten 192 in the second test of the series. A year later, he helped the West Indies win the inaugural Cricket World Cup, where he starred with bat, ball and in the field. In 1976 he scored an unbelievable 1710 runs, averaging 90. He went to captain the West Indies Test team between 1984 and 1991, where he did not lose a single Test.
|Full Name:||Sir Isaac Vivian Alexander Richards|
|Date of Birth:||7 March 1952, St. John’s, Antigua and Barbuda|
|Major Teams:||West Indies, Somerset|
|Position:||He is a right-hand batsman & Right-arm medium/off-break Bowler|
|Nick Name:||Master Blaster, Smokey, Smokin Joe, King Viv|
Test debut – 22 November 1974 v India
ODI debut – 7 June 1975 v Sri Lanka
Wisden Cricketer of the Year 1977
Walter Lawrence Trophy 1980
Walter Lawrence Trophy 1986
Selected as one of the Five Wisden Cricketers of the Century, 2000
Wisden greatest ODI batsman of all time 2002