Ultimate XI ODI Profile: Viv Richards

By May 26, 2020
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Viv Richards’ is a career of firsts. He was the first to intimidate bowlers in an era that belonged to hostile pacers and he took his bravado and swagger from Test cricket into the One-Day International game. Such was the man’s class and quality in the era, that his statistics match up well with some of the best ODI players of today. With a strike rate of more than 90, Sir Viv still managed an uncanny consistency, averaging 47 and scoring 11 centuries along with 45 half-centuries. All the greats who played against Sir Viv have agreed there was no strategy for bowling to him because he had no weaknesses save for his insatiable appetite for dominating the bowling. Those who watched him, believed whenever he would play defensively, it was just to take a breather or just to show he could. As recently as 2002, Wisden chose Sir Viv as the greatest ODI batsman of all time and he was voted one of the five Cricketers of the Century by a 100-member panel of experts in 2000. Of course, Sir Viv was a shoo-in for the ICC Cricket Hall of Fame, making his entrance in 2009.

 

Career Statistics

Full name: Isaac Vivian Alexander Richards

Born: March 7, 1952, St John's, Antigua

Major teams: West Indies, Combined Islands, Glamorgan, Leeward Islands, Queensland, Somerset

Batting style: Right-hand bat

Bowling style: Right-arm slow, Right-arm offbreak

 

ODI Career: West Indies (1975-1991)

Mat    Inns    NO     Runs     HS       Ave       BF       SR      100s   50s   

187     167     24       6721     189*    47.00     7451   90.20     11     45    

 

Career Highlights

  • 1st in ODI history to achieve 20 Man-of-the-Match awards
  • 189 vs Eng, held the record for highest per cent (69.48%) of team’s total until 2017
  • 1st player to smash a ton and take 5 wickets in an ODI
  • 1st player to complete the double of 1000 runs and 50 wickets
  • He along with Michael Holding set the record for the highest ever 10th wicket partnership in ODI history (106*)
  • He also holds the record for the highest individual ODI score when batting at number four (189*)
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