Consequently, Ian Botham refused a new contract with Somerset in protest at the way his friends Richards and Garner had been treated and he promptly joined Worcestershire.

In the process of scoring 8,540 runs and averaging more than 50 runs per innings in Test competition, Richards recorded 24 centuries (100 runs in a single innings), leading the West Indian team that he captained from 1985 to 1991 to sweeping international success. [14], By the time Richards was 22, he had played matches in the Antigua, Leeward Islands and Combined Islands tournaments.

The West Indies saw him as a strong opener and he kept his profile up in the early years of his promising career. Richards also scored 5 centuries in World Series Cricket between 1977–79. Richards was voted one of the five Cricketers of the Century in 2000, by a 100-member panel of experts, along with Sir Donald Bradman, Sir Garfield Sobers, Sir Jack Hobbs and Shane Warne. Popularly known as Viv (or King Viv), he is regarded as one of the greatest batsmen of all time and as one of the very finest players in the history of the sport. To hit across the line of the ball is considered taboo, and dangerously risky. Unfortunately, in our society, that goes against you. Richards joined Delhi Daredevils as their mentor in the IPL 2013 edition. [33], Several prominent personalities including former cricketer Imran Khan and writer John Birmingham are of the opinion that Richards was the best ever batsman against genuine fast bowling. [47] He hit 84 sixes in Test cricket. I didn't call up directors, or meet people asking for roles. [39] Arguably the two greatest spinners ever, Muthiah Muralitharan and Shane Warne both idolize Richards. [6] Gupta did her Master's Degree and M.Phil. He also scored nearly 7,000 runs in One Day Internationals and more than 36,000 in first-class cricket. [41] The ODI ratings placed Richards in 1st followed by Zaheer Abbas and Greg Chappell. He also mentors Quetta Gladiators in PSL. [12] He took part in a non-competition match, representing the Leeward Islands against the Windwards: Richards made 20 and 26. Though he did so in an era when some of the game’s most dominant fast bowlers thrived, he defiantly and famously refused to wear a batting helmet. Richards was also employed by the club as assistant groundsman to head groundsman, John Heyward, to allow him some financial independence until his career was established. Knighted for his contributions to cricket, today Richards is an occasional cricket commentator and team mentor. [68][69], Richards had a brief relationship with Indian actress Neena Gupta,[70] with whom he has a daughter, fashion designer Masaba Gupta. Masaba is a fashion designer who specializes in ethnic wear for women and uses chiffon, silk, and cotton as well as rich embroidery work. In 1994, Gupta's breakthrough came in the acclaimed drama Woh Chokri as a recently widowed daughter-in-law; this performance won her a National Film Award for Best Supporting Actress. 1976 was perhaps Richards' finest year: he scored 1710 runs, at an astonishing average of 90.00, with seven centuries in 11 Tests. Her grandfather, R. N. Gupta, was a Sanskrit scholar and had done M.Phil in this subject. Richards is also godfather to Ian Botham's son, Liam. These performances further established her profile in Indian movies alongside her arthouse film contemporaries Rekha, Shabana Azmi, Smita Patil and Dimple Kapadia.

[citation needed] So much so, that many opposing captains banned their players from the practice. He is also said to make her pregnant and has a daughter Masaba. This tally stood as the world record for most Test runs by a batsman in a single calendar year for 30 years until broken by Mohammad Yousuf of Pakistan on 30 November 2006. Masaba Gupta playing Tennis in her childhood, Masaba Gupta receiving an Award from Manmohan Singh, A post shared by Masaba (@masabagupta) on Oct 11, 2017 at 9:04pm PDT, Salman Khan Height, Age, Girlfriends, Family, Biography & More, Sidharth Malhotra Height, Weight, Age, Girlfriend, Family, Biography & More, Alia Bhatt Age, Height, Boyfriend, Family, Biography & More, Varun Dhawan, Height, Age, Girlfriend, Family, Facts & More, Shraddha Kapoor Age, Height, Boyfriend, Family, Biography & More, Shah Rukh Khan – A Detailed Biography by StarsUnfolded, Akshay Kumar Height, Age, Wife, Family, Children, Biography & More, Rhea Chakraborty Age, Height, Boyfriend, Family, Biography & More, Ankita Lokhande Height, Age, Boyfriend, Husband, Family, Biography & More, Sushant Singh Rajput Height, Age, Death, Girlfriend, Family, Biography & More, Narendra Modi Age, Height, Wife, Family, Caste, Biography & More, Amitabh Bachchan Height, Age, Wife, Family, Caste, Biography & More, Brahma Mishra Height, Age, Girlfriend, Family, Biography & More, Follow us on our social media channels to stay connected. Find high-quality Viv Richards stock photos and editorial news pictures from Getty Images. He is the only West Indies captain never to lose a Test series, and it is said that his fierce will to win contributed to this achievement. In 1994, Richards was appointed an Officer of the Order of the British Empire (OBE) for services to cricket. [64], Some writers contend that Richards also played international football for Antigua and Barbuda, appearing in qualifying matches for the 1974 World Cup. [28][34] For Barry Richards, Ravi Shastri and Neil Fairbrother, he has been cited as the best batsman they personally witnessed. In 1973, his abilities were noticed by Len Creed, Vice Chairman at Somerset, who was in Antigua at the time as part of a West Country touring side.

Turning back to the bowler, he commented: "You know what it looks like, now go and find it."[31]. Masaba is the first Indian designer to do an Instagram show. The son of Malcolm Richards, Antigua’s leading fast bowler, Viv Richards followed in a family tradition that included two brothers who also played cricket for Antigua. After many years of bitterness over the event and the eventual removal of Roebuck from the club, Richards was eventually honoured with the naming of a set of entrance gates and a stand after him at the County Ground, Taunton.

Sir Isaac Vivian Alexander Richards, KNH, OBE (born 7 March 1952) is an Antiguan retired cricketer, who represented the West Indies at Test and international levels. Richards is a commentator on BBC's Test Match Special (TMS). These are not recognised by the ICC as "official" Test centuries.

The Sir Vivian Richards Stadium in Antigua has been named in his honour.

New team captain Peter Roebuck became the centre of a major controversy when he was instrumental in the county's decision not to renew the contracts of Richards and compatriot Joel Garner for the 1987 season, whose runs and wickets had brought the county much success in the previous eight years. [11] At 60, she became the second-eldest Best Actress nominee in Filmfare Award history after Sharmila Tagore. [25][26][27], His fearless and aggressive style of play, and relaxed but determined demeanor made him a great crowd favourite and an intimidating prospect for opposition bowlers all over the world.