VIV Richards, the best all-rounder of all times
Not long ago, West Indies cricket team was considered to be the best cricket team in the world. The players they had onboard were ruthless; they were famous for their passion and love for the game. For years, no one was able to defeat them. It was because West Indies had players like Sir Issac Vivian Alexander Richards or commonly known as Viv Richards. He is considered to be the best batsman of all time. He was the fear of every bowler, it was very difficult to get him out. No matter how good the bowler was Richards was always better.
Richard was born on the 7th of March in 1952 to Gretel and Malcolm Richards. He attended the St.John’s Boy School and, later on, he went to Antigua Grammar School. Even as a child, Richards was an excellent cricket player. He was also inspired by both his elder brothers, Donald, and Mervyn who were pretty decent cricket players. At the age of 18, he joined St. John’s Cricket Club and after few seasons he became part of the Rising Sun Cricket Club and played with them until he decided to leave the playground.
He made his domestic debut in 1972 in a match against Windwards. He was 19 at that time and was representing Leewards Island. Later, he played his first competitive first class cricket against West Indian Shell Shield. His excellent performance in the domestic cricket was first noticed by Len Creed, the vice chairman of Somerset at that time. This was the start of a very bright future for Richards. From 1990-93, Richard was playing for Glamorgan and in 1976-77 he started to play for Queensland. Then in 1974, he joined Somerset and played for them till 1986. In 1971-1991 he was representing Leewards Islands and the same year, he played for Combined Islands.
In 1974, Richard played his first Test match against India. His performance during the match secured him the position on the international side of the game. He made unbeaten 192 runs in the second test of the same series. West Indies realized that Richard was an excellent opener, thus, the journey to a promising future started. His last Test match was against England on 8th August 1991. He played 121 Test matches and scored 8,540 runs with an excellent batting average of 50.23. He made 24 centuries and 25 half centuries, his top score was 291. During his test career, he bowled 5170 balls and took only 32 wickets, but then Richard was a batsman not to be reckoned with. He wasn’t a bowler.
He played his first One Day International against Sri Lanka on 7th June 1975 and his last ODI was on 27th May 1991 against England. In his ODI, he played 187 games and scored 6,721 runs. His batting average was 47.00and his top score was 189. He made 11 centuries and 45 half centuries. He bowled 5,644 bowls and took 118 runs. His bowling performance in the ODI was much better than in the Test cricket. His bowling best was 6/41 and twice, he was able to take 5 wickets in a match.