Sir Isaac Vivian Alexander Richards, aka The King and commonly known as Viv, is considered by fans, journalists and cricketers as the most devastating batsman of the game. He was a potent right handed batsman of the West Indies as well as an excellent fielder and an occasional off spin bowler.
Richards has taken part in 121 Test matches wherein he has piled up 8540 runs at an average of 50.23 which comprises of 24 centuries and 45 half centuries top scoring at 291. He has also taken 32 wickets and 122 catches.
In One day internationals he participated in 187 matches during which he accumulated 6721 runs inclusive of 11 hundreds and 45 fifties at an average of 47 and with a top score of 189 not out. In the bowling department he bowled 5644 deliveries and took 118 wickets at an average of 35.83. During his career he took 5 wickets in an innings twice, 100 catches and the best bowling figures of 6 for 41.
The remarkable aspect about Richards is that in his career of 17 years he never wore a helmet even while facing pace bowling. He was the captain of the West Indies in 50 Tests and never lost a Test series becoming the only West Indian captain to do so.
Richards was selected by Wisden in 2002 as the third greatest Test batsman and the greatest One day International batsman of all time.
A 100 member panel of experts chose him as one of the five Cricketers of the Century.