Sir Vivian Richards is a former professional cricketer from the West Indies. He played for the national team from 1974 to 1991 and is known as one of the greatest batsmen in the history of the sport.

Player Profile

Isaac Vivian Alexander Richards was born on March 7, 1952, in St. John’s, British Leeward Islands. He stands 178 cm tall and he bats right-handed and he bowls with his right and has a slow seam and an off-break pace.

He went by a few nicknames back when he was active including - Master Blaster, Smokin Joe, and King Viv.

Role Batsman
Height / weight 1.78 m /
Born 7 Mar 1952
Nationality Antigua and Barbuda Antigua and Barbuda
Playing Style Right Handed
Nickname Master Blaster
Team History
Glamorgan County Cricket Club Glamorgan County 1990 - 1993
Leeward Island cricket team Leeward Island 1971 - 1991
646 west indies national cricket team West Indies 1974 - 1991
Somerset County Cricket Club Somerset County 1974 - 1986
Combined Islands cricket team Combined Islands 1971 - 1981
Queensland cricket team 1976 - 1977

He played the role of a batsman and debuted internationally in 1974 in a Test Cricket match against the Indian National Cricket Team.


He started his professional career playing for the Combined Islands Cricket Team in 1971. He also played for the Leeward Islands at around the same time.

He made his Test Cricket debut in 1974. In the next year, he made his One Day Internationals debut. He served as the captain of the West Indies national cricket team from 1984 to 1991. Richards is noted for being the only West Indies captain to never lose in a Test Series.

Other domestic teams he’s played for include the English cricket team – Somerset and the Australian Queensland cricket team.

Before he retired from professional cricket, he played for Glamorgan in England. He has not played professionally since 1993.


After he retired, he started working as a cricket commentator for the BBC Test Match Special. He also participated in The Grand Knockout Tournament in 1987.

In 2010, he was also featured in the documentary – Fire in Babylon. In 2013, he became a mentor for the Delhi Daredevils in the Indian Premier League. He also served as a mentor for the Quetta Gladiators of Pakistan in the late 2010s and early 2020s.

Career Statistics

  • Matches - 121 (Test), 187 (ODI), 507(FC), 500 (LA)
  • Runs Scored - 8,540 (Test), 6,721(ODI), 36,212 (FC), 16,995 (LA)
  • Batting Average - 50.23 (Test),47.00 (ODI), 49.40 (FC), 41.96 (LA)

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