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:
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
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
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.
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
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