Sir Vivian Richards: 10 Facts to know about the legendary batsman

May 12, By Rahul Das

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Birth of a legend

Sir Isaac Vivian Alexander Richards was born on the 7th of March 1952 at St. John’s, Antigua and Barbuda.

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The run machine

Between 1976 and 1988, Richards played 92 matches, scoring 7091 runs at an average of 55.39. This included 22 centuries and 34 half centuries.

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Phenomenal average streak

In 29 series played, he has averaged less than 30 only on 7 occasions

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Batting maestro

He has the third highest average batting at no. 3 in the lineup. He is behind Don Bradman and Walter Hammond.

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Captain Windies

He had the best win percentage as captain in the 1980’s, winning 54% of his matches.

A great serviceman

In 1994, Richards was appointed an Officer of the Order of the British Empire (OBE) for services to cricket.

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A flamboyant Knight

In 1999, he was made a Knight of the Order of the National Hero (KNH) by his native country Antigua and Barbuda.

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Cricketer of the Century

In 2000, Richards was named one of the five Wisden Cricketers of the Century.

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Historical feat

He became the first coloured cricketer to score 100 centuries in first class cricket.

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A Red Letter Day

31st May 1984 - He mesmerized Old Trafford with his demolishing 189 - 21 fours and five sixes.

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