Sir Isaac Vivian Alexander Richards is a former represented West Indian cricketer. Popularly called as Viv, he is regarded as one of the best player of all time and as one of the greatest batsman in the history of the sport. In 2000 Richards was one of the five Cricketers in the cricket history by a 100-member panel of experts, along with Sir Donald Bradman, Shane Warne, Sir Jack Hobbs and Sir Garfield Sobers. In February 2002, Richards was observed by Wisden Cricketers‘ Almanack to have best played in the ODI innings for all time. He was chosen by Wisden as one of the greatest ODI batsmen in December 2002 and as well as the ranked third best Test player of all time, after Sachin Tendulkar and Sir Don Bradman.
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Vivian Richards was born in St. John’s, Antigua, now the part of the British Leeward Islands. First he attended St. John’s Boys School in his childhood and then studied Antigua Grammar School on a full scholarship. Richards also received encouragement at Antigua Grammar from some of sports teacher, Mr Reginald Samuels and Mr Loydston Jacobs, the headmaster; both admired that he had promise. Richards at first trained with his father and Pat Evanson, family friend and a neighbour, who had decided to become a captained, the Antigua cricket side. After having played many matches in the Antigua at the age of 22, Combined Islands and Leeward Islands tournaments, he was scouted by Len Creed, Vice Chairman at Somerset C.C., who was in Antigua at the time as part of a West Country now.
Richards’s visited the United Kingdom where Len Creed arranged for him to play a Cricket League for Lansdown in the bath, He made the second part of the XI, at Weston-super-Mare on April 26, 1973. Richards was also working at the club as an assistant groundsman, and then John Heyward to allow him some financial assistant until his career was established. After his first appearance, he was promoted to the first team where he was introduced as a captain of West Indies cricket team to the Lansdown all-rounder “Shandy” Perera from Ceylon. Richards cites Perera is the main influence on his cricket development, especially with the post-game analysis. He completed his first season at Lansdown with high batting averages and shortly afterward was offered for a two year of the contract period.
In 1974 Richards after that moved to Taunton in research for his professional debut with Somerset CCC where he was assigned as a living accommodation by the club with a sharing of flat-share with two other main county players: Dennis Breakwell and Ian Botham. Richards made his County Championship debut for Somerset against Glamorgan in Swansea and after the game had played he arranged a player’s ovation for Richards in acknowledgment of his playing and contribution in the victory. So Richards was awarded Man of the Match in that game
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Retirement of Richards
After a cricket match in 2006 Richards being interviewed:
“Apart from his extremely exciting style of play, Richards is held in great public respect for his personal principles in refusing an “Empty-cheque” offer to play for a West Indies squad in South Africa in 1983, and then again in 1984.”
He also played some international football in Antigua, appearing in qualifying matches for the World Cup 1974.
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Viv Richards and his wife named Miriam to have two children: Matara, who currently lives in Canada, and Mali, who has also played first-class cricket at a domestic level. Richard is also godfather to Ian Botham’s son Liam. Richards had a deep relationship with Indian actress Neena Gupta, with whom he has a daughter, Masaba Gupta was born in 1989.
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