Sir Richard John Hadlee is a former New Zealand cricketer. He regarded as the greatest all-rounder in the cricket history. His nickname is paddles. He has six fits 1 inch tall. He has left-handed batsman and Right-arm fast. But his role in the team was the all-rounder. Hadlee was Knight in 1990 for the services of the cricket. He was appointed MBE in 1980. He is former chairpersons of the New Zealand board of selectors.
In 2009 his name was included into the ICC Cricket Hall of Fame. Sir Richard is the most famous member of the Hadlee cricket playing family. In 2002 he was chosen by Wisdom as the 2nd greatest test player of all time.
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Hadlee played 86 matches in his test career and took 431 wickets ( the world record at this time), and made 3124 runs with the bat. He is a first player who took 400 wickets in the test history.
Hadlle was so good with the new ball. He was one of the best masters of the swing bowling. He is an original Sultan of swing. His bowling was very watched able in his career. He was one of the finest swing bowlers of all time. Hadlee was considered as the best all-rounder, but his batting ability was so poor in front of Imran Khan, Kapil Dew, and Ian Botham.
Hadlee was born in Christchurch and made his first-class debut for Canterbury in 1972/72. He made his Test match debut in 1973. He was an inconsistent bowler at the start of his career but in 1976 he took 11 wickets in the game against India which causes of winning. In 1978, Hadlee helped the New Zealand to win the historical test match over England. In this match, Hadlee took six wickets for just 26 runs.
In 1979/80, New Zealand faced the most dominant team at the time West Indies in the home series.
New Zealand was winning the 1st test match by one wicket. In this match, Hadlee took 11 wickets. In the 2nd test match Hadlee maiden the test century. With the help of that century, New Zealand was successful to save the match and won the historic series by 1-0.
A tour of England in 1983 was the first ever win on the English soil. New Zealand lost the series by 3-1, but Hadlee played well in this series with bat and ball. He took his 200th test wicket in the last match of the set at Nottingham. In 1984 the return tour New Zealand completed a remarkable three-day innings victory. In this game, Hadlee took eight wickets and scored 99 in the only inning.
In 1986 Hadlee helped the first team who win the series in England. Hadlee gives the best performance in the 2nd test match. He took the ten wickets and scored 68 in the first innings powered his team to victory.
In 1987 New Zealand traveled to Sri Lanka where Hadlee scored the 2nd hundred which saved the match. The tour was cut short due to terrorist attack. In a home series against India in 1987/88 Hadlee become the first bowler in the history of the cricket to take 400 test wickets when he dismissed the Sanjay in the 1st test. Hadlee ended his career with taking five wickets in the last bowling performance.
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Hadlee was a right-arm fast bowler. He had a wonderful art of swing. His outswinger delivery was unplayable which his strength of bowling was.
Hadlee had similar bowling action to great Australian fast bowler Dannis Lillee. His action was note able.
Hadlee bowl line to line and trap the batsmen to leg before wicket. First, he broke the Test-wicket taking the record with his 374 wickets. He completed his 400th Test wickets on 1990 and became the first bowler who dismissed the 400 batsmen in the test cricket history.
Hadlee was a great bowling all-rounder. He was left-handed middle-order batsman.
In his career, his batting record was not good against the top international bowler. He just was doing pushing lesser attacks which were effective. He finished his career with two centuries and 15 half centuries.
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The Sir Richard Hadlee Sports Trust
In 1990, Hadlee opened the trust “The Sir Richard Hadlee Sports Trust”. In this trust, they helped the sportsmen and women for chose the sports or cultural discipline for success. In this trust only Canterbury New Zealand regional person was applicable, and his age must be under the 25 years.
Due to the lot of stress Hadlee was under the mental health problems. He was not feeling comfortable. It is due to the international cricket career. Many people were speaking engagements.
Hadlee canceled the all activities and took holidays. After the ten days rest, Hadlee came back. He was feeling good and felt great progress. Hadlee returns to the first-class cricket, scoring 90 and taking four wickets in the first comeback match. After the good result, he told the cricket council that he was available for upcoming Series.
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Hadlee has earned many awards in his career.
• A Knighthood assigned him for service to cricket.
• In 1980 Hadlee became New Zealand Sportsman of the year.
• In 1982 Hadlee became the Wisden Cricket of the year.
• In 1986 Hadlee became New Zealand Sportsman of the year.
• He was included into the ICC Cricket Hall of Fame in 2009.
• He was awarded an Honorary Doctorate in Letters from Nottingham University.
• He had New Zealand Sportsperson of the Decade in 1987.
• He was appointed MBE for services to New Zealand sport in 1981.
Richard belongs to the Hadlee family. He is the son of Walter Hadlee and brother of Dayle and Barry Hadlee. His former wife was also playing cricket for New Zealand.