Sir Vivian Richards birthday celebrations
A very happy birthday to Sir Vivian Richards. It is his 60th and Antigua is celebrating with a series of events to mark the occasion. Here is the schedule.
Saturday, March 3rd
- Breast Friends Walk– ARG to SVRCG – 5:30am
- Breakfast – 7:30
T-Shirt Sale @ SVRCG
Sunday, March 4th
Joint Church Service, Spring Gardens Moravian Church 9:00 am
Monday, March 5th
Media Blitz – Various Radio Stations
Tuesday, March 6th
Forum at Dean William Lake Cultural Centre @ 8:00 pm
Wednesday, March 7th
- Lunch at Cedar Valley Golf Course@ 11am
- Invitational Golf at Cedar Valley Golf Course @ 12:30pm
- After golf barbecue @ 6pm – Cedar Valley Golf Course
ABS showing documentary (pm) – Fire in Babylon
Thursday, March 8th
- 5 Knights filming @ Blue Waters Hotel at 10:30am
Banquet @ 7:30pm – Sandals Grande
Friday, March 9th
- Football @ ARG 6:30pm
Saturday, March 10th
- Cricket @SVRCG 7:00pm 20/20
from Sir Vivian Richards (from his website):
Sir Isaac Vivian Alexander Richards, born 7 March 1952 is a former West Indian cricketer. Better known by his second name, Vivian or, more popularly, simply as Viv or King Viv, Richards was voted one of the five Cricketers of the Century in 2000 by a 100-member panel of experts, along with Sir Donald Bradman, Sir Garfield Sobers, Sir Jack Hobbs and Shane Warne. In February 2002, he was judged by Wisden to have played the best One Day International (ODI) innings of all time. In December 2002, he was chosen by Wisden as the greatest ODI batsman of all time, as well as the third greatest Test batsman of all time, after Sir Don Bradman and Sachin Tendulkar.hards was a very powerful right-handed batsman with an extremely attacking style, besides being an excellent fielder, and a handy off-spin bowler. He is often regarded as the most devastating batsman that ever played the game by cricketers, journalists, fans and others alike, and played his entire career without a helmet, across the 17 years from 1974 till 1991. His fearless and aggressive style of play, and relaxed but determined demeanor made him a great crowd favorite and an intimidating prospect for opposition bowlers all over the world. The word "swagger" is frequently used to describe his batting style. His batting often completely dominated opposing bowlers. He had the ability to drive good-length balls from outside off-stump through midwicket, his trademark shot, and was one of the great exponents of the hook shot.
In 2004, in a poll by ESPN, participated in by 15 of the leading names in cricketing history, Richards was voted the third greatest ever player after Bradman and Sobers, and the second greatest ever batsman after Bradman. He was also voted the greatest cricketer since 1970 by another poll ahead of Ian Botham and Shane Warne. That poll saw both Botham and Warne vote for Richards, and in the opinions of both, Richards is the greatest batsman they ever saw. In 2006, in a study done by a team of ESPN's Crickinfo magazine, Richards was again chosen the greatest ODI Batsman ever. Former cricketer Derek Pringle also rates Richards to be the best batsman ever in the history of Limited Overs Cricket.
In his Test career, he scored 8,540 runs in 121 Test matches at an average of 50.23 (including 24 centuries). Richards also scored 5 centuries in World Series Cricket between 1977–79. Richards won 27 of 50 matches as a Test captain, and lost only 8. He is also the scorer of the fastest-ever Test century, from just 56 balls against England in Antigua during the 1986 tour. He hit 84 sixes in Test cricket. His highest innings of 291 is sixth on the list of West Indies' highest individual scores. In 1975 Richards helped the West Indies to win the inaugural Cricket World Cup final, a feat he later described as the most memorable of his career. The West Indies were again able to win the following World Cup in 1979, thanks to a Richards century in the final at Lord's, and Richards believes that on both occasions, despite internal island divisions, the Caribbean came together. He was until 2005 the only man to score a century and take 5 wickets in the same one-day international, against New Zealand at Dunedin in 1986–87. He rescued his side from a perilous position at Old Trafford in 1984 and, in partnership with Michael Holding, smashed 189 to win the game off his own bat.
1976 was perhaps Richards' finest year: he scored 1,710 runs, at an astonishing average of 90.00, with seven centuries in 11 Tests. This achievement is all the more remarkable considering he missed the second Test at Lord's after contracting glandular fever; yet he returned to score his career-best 291 at the Oval later in the summer. This tally stood as the world record for most Test runs by a batsman in a single calendar year for 30 years until broken by Mohammad Yousuf of Pakistan on 30 November 2006. Richards captained the West Indies in 50 Test matches from 1984–1991. He is the only West Indies captain never to lose a Test series, and it is said that his fierce will to win contributed to this achievement.