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June 25, 2018
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Viv Richards (cricketer) Biography, Wife, Weight, Height, Age, Records and More

By Dheeraj Singh

Sir Isaac Vivian Alexander Richards
(Former Antiguan cricketer)

Regarded as one of the greatest batsmen of all time, Sir Viv Richards played international cricket for West Indies.along with Sir Donald Bradman, Sir Garfield Sobers, Sir Jack Hobbs and Shane Warne, he was voted as one of the five Cricketer of the Century by a panel of 100 members in 2000. Nowadays, he is an occasional cricket commentator and team mentor.

Vivian Richards
Nickname: Viv
Profession: Former Cricketer (WI-Batsmen)
Biography
Autobiography: Sir Vivian: The Definitive Autobiography
Biopic: NA
Physical Appearance
Height (approx.): 1.78 m
Weight (approx.): 80 kg
Eye Colour: Black
Hair Colour: Black
Tattoos: NA
Personal Life
Date of Birth: 07 March 1952
Age (as on 2018): 66 years
Birth Place: St. John’s, British Leeward Islands
Zodiac sign/Sun sign: Pisces
Nationality: Antiguan
School: St. John’s Boys School, Antigua Grammar School
College: NA
Educational Qualifications: NA
Signature:

Family
Father: Malcolm Richards (Antigua’s leading fast bowler)
Mother: Gretel Richards
Sister: NA
Brother: Mervyn and Donald
Coach/Mentor: His father and Pat Evanson (at the young age)
Religion: Christian
Address: NA

Cricket Career
International Debut:
Test: vs India on 22 November 1974
ODI: vs Sri Lanka on 7 June 1975
T20: NA
Jersey Number: NA
Domestic/State Team: Somerset, Glamorgan, Queensland, Leeward Islands, Combined Islands
Nature on field: Calm
Likes to play against: India and Australia
Favourite Shot/Ball:

Records

  • First ever cricketer to achieve 20 Man of the Match awards in ODI history
  • He has taken 5-wickets haul twice in ODI
  • He is the first player to score a 50 and take the 5-wicket haul in the same ODI and is also the first player to score a century and take 5-wicket haul in the same ODI
  • He became the first batsman to score a century with a strike rate of 150 in 1986
  • He was the first batsman to score the fastest century in test cricket (56 balls) in 1986
  • He was the fastest batsman to score 1000 ODI runs (21 innings)
  • He has set the record for the highest ever 10th wicket partnership with Michael Holding in ODIs
  • He also has a record of the highest individual score at no.4 (189*)
  • He remains one of only four non-English cricketers (Donal Bradman, Glenn Turner, and Zaheer Abbas) to have scored 100 first-class centuries

Career Turning Point: While playing for Rising Sun Cricket Club he showed an impressive talent and was noticed by Len Creed- Vice Chairman of Somerset CC.

Preferences
Hobbies: Relaxing on beaches, fishing, listening to music
Favourite Batsmen: Sachin Tendulkar
Favourite Bowlers: Wasim Akram
Favourite Cricket Ground: NA
Favourite sports personalities: NA
Favourite Food: Pepper Pot cooked by his mother & Caribbean Cuisine
Favourite Actors: NA
Favourite Films: NA
Favourite Musicians/Singers: Bob Marley
Favourite Destinations: Antiguan beaches (365 beaches, 1 for each day)
Smoking/Alcohol: NA/Yes

Style Quotient
Cars Collection: NA

Girlfriends, Spouse, and Children
Marital Status: Married
Affairs/Girlfriends: Neena Gupta

Wife/Spouse: Miriam

Marriage Date: NA
Children: Matara, Mali, and Masaba Gupta

Earnings
Net Worth: NA
Test Fee: NA
ODI Fee: NA
T20 Fee: NA
IPL 11: NA

Controversies

  • Vivian Richards has a short-lived affair with Indian actress Neena Gupta in the 80s. He is also said to make her pregnant and has a daughter Masaba. Neena raised her as a single mother.

Lesser Known Facts
  • Richards made his debut for Windies team against India at the age of 22.
  • He scored an unbeaten 192 in his second test game
  • In the year 1976, Viv scored 1710 runs in 11 Tests and it stood as a World record for most runs scored in a calendar year.
  • Viv is the only West Indian skipper who has never lost a  test match in the home as well as away.
  • Indian fashion designer Masaba Gupta is his daughter.
  • Richards joined Delhi Daredevils as their mentor in the IPL 2013 edition. He also mentors Quetta Gladiators in PSL.
  • He can be frequently heard on BBC’s Test Match Specials
  • Viv once refused a blank cheque offer to feature in a rebel West Indies squad in South Africa during 1983 and 1984
  • 2010 documentary Fire in Babylon featured Viv speaking about his experiences of playing for Windies

Dheeraj Singh

It might be a just another game for you, but for me, Cricket is something which I live for. From following cricket teams to keeping an eye on every new update in the cricketing world, I try to deliver the best and true I can in my every writing.

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