Richard Benjamin Richardson is a retired West Indies cricketer and also a former captain. He was a right handed batsman and right arm medium bowler of the West Indies cricket team. He was particularly good while playing pace bowling. He is remembered for wearing a wide brimmed maroon hat instead of a helmet while playing the quickest bowlers also.
Richardson has played in 86 Test matches in which he has piled up 5949 runs inclusive of 16 hundreds and 27 fifties at an average of 44.39. He has also played in 224 one day internationals wherein he has scored 6248 runs at an average of 33.41 which are comprised of 5 centuries and 44 half centuries. Richardson has taken 90 catches in Test matches and 75 in one day international matches.
In 1982 Richardson’s career started as an opener for Leeward Islands where after playing for two seasons he was chosen in the West Indies squad for the 1983-84 season. He batted as a middle order batsman under the captaincy of Clive Lloyd. In 1993 and 1994 he was associated with the English County championship where he played for Yorkshire. After his retirement he was signed by Lashings World XI the English all-star club cricket team.
Richardson was the captain of the West Indies team for 4 years during which he won 11 matches out of 24. While he was the captain the team lost just one series which was against Australia in 1995. Under Richardson’s captaincy Brian Lara developed as a promising player.