International cricketer had to work in bar, then became world’s most dreaded batsman, but son super flop
New Delhi. Talking about international cricket, there were many legendary batsmen. Some are known for playing big shots, while some are known for playing classical. One such cricketer is Vivian Richards of West Indies. He was known for batting fearlessly in front of fast bowlers and without a helmet. He scored more than 100 centuries in his first class career. As a spinner, he also took more than 200 wickets. Although his son Mali Richards could not do anything special on the field. His career was limited to first class cricket only. He could not play international match. That is, he proved to be a flop in front of his father’s performance.
71-year-old Vivian Richards worked at the bar after completing his studies from school. After this, when he joined cricket, he never looked back. He was also a part of the West Indies team that won the World Cup twice. Indian legend Sachin Tendulkar also believes that Vivian Richards was his role model when he used to bat aggressively. Richards played a big inning of 189 not out in ODIs against England in 1984. This record stood for a long time.
308 international matches vs 25 first class matches
Vivian Richards played in 308 international matches in his career. On the other hand, his son Mali Richards, 39, could play only in 25 first-class matches. Vivian scored 8540 runs in 121 Tests. Scored 24 centuries and 45 half-centuries. And scored 6721 runs in 187 ODIs. Scored 11 centuries and 45 half-centuries. He played 507 matches in his first class career. Scored more than 36000 runs with the help of 114 centuries and 162 half-centuries. He also scored more than 17 thousand runs in List-A cricket.
Messed with the board 2 years ago, was about to retire, now bent on getting India out of WTC Final by scoring a century!
The second gardener Richards could play only 18 matches in his first class career. Scored 376 runs at an average of 14. Scored a half century. 50 runs was the best score. Also took 15 wickets as a fast bowler. In List-A cricket, he scored 36 runs in 6 matches. Took a wicket.
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FIRST PUBLISHED : March 12, 2023, 15:38 IST