Sir Viv Richards, the former West Indies captain and an all-rounder cricketer, is among the finest in the history of the game. He is seen as a cricket prodigy for his incredible legacy of being at the topmost rank in the sport.
Sir Richards was born on 7th March 1952 in Antigua. His father, Malcolm Richards was a well-known Antiguan fast bowler, who mentored the budding cricketer along with coach Pat Evanson during his school days. The name of Viv Richards’s mother is Gretel Richards. Sir Richards has two siblings, Mervyn and Donald.
After completing his education at the St. John’s Boys School, Sir Richards joined the St. John’s Sports Club. In 1974, Viv Richards’s test cricket debut was made for the West Indies against India. In 1975, he made his One Day International debut against Sri Lanka.
Viv Richards’s age is 71. His zodiac sign is Pisces. As an Antiguan native, he has striking black eyes and black hair complemented by his sharp figure. His charming smile has captivated all his admirers both on and off the cricket pitch. His height is about 5 feet 10 inches and his weight is 80 kg.
One of Viv Richards’s records remained unbroken for 30 years. In 1976, Sir Richards scored 1710 runs in just 11 test matches, keeping an average strike rate of 90. A year earlier, West Indies also won the World Cup and once again in 1979, both under his captaincy.
Viv Richards’s matches were spectacular with the awe-striking explosive batting performance of the legend. In international test tournaments, he is the first-ever West Indian batsman to score a mammoth 8,000 runs. His records for the fastest century and twenty unbeaten test centuries also remain a wonder to cricket lovers.
The name of Viv Richards’s wife is Miriam Richards, who is presently residing in Jamaica. She is an Antiguan native with American nationality. Apart from this, not much is disclosed about her personal life. Sir Richards and Miriam have two sons, Matara and Mali Richards.
Sir Richards also has a daughter with Neena Gupta, a famous actress from India. The name of Viv Richards’s daughter is Masaba Gupta. She is a celebrity fashion designer known for her unique line of stunning apparel and accessories.
Viv Richards’s photos with Neena Gupta became a sensation in the media. However, they never got married and neither were hesitant about the relationship. Neena raised her daughter as a single mother. Masaba is quite in touch with both her parents.
Viv Richards’s net worth is approximately USD 20 Million. The main source of his estates and assets is his cricketing career, which opened many opportunities for him to endorse some of the biggest brands and invest in business ventures worldwide.
According to the latest Viv Richards news, the legend is presently an occasional commentator of cricket matches and he is also mentoring multiple cricket teams. In the IPL season 2013, he joined Delhi Daredevils as their coach. In the Pakistan Premier League, he has been associated as a coach for many years.
Sir Viv Richards has penned his autobiography named ‘Sir Vivian: The Definitive Autobiography’. Many instances of his professional career and personal life can be found in this book. Published by Michael Joseph, the autobiography was released worldwide on 14 October 2000.
Why is Viv Richards called Sir?
In 1999, the Antiguan government felicitated Vivian Richards with a knighthood. This is the reason he is addressed as Sir Vivian Richards.
How many children does Vivian Richards have?
Sir Richards has three children, Matara Richards, Mali Richards and Masaba Gupta.
When did Sir Richards make his ICC debut?
The ICC debut of Sir Richards was made in 1974 (test) and 1975 (ODI).
What is the age of Sir Richards’s wife?
Though the date of birth of Viv Richards’s wife is unknown, she is anticipated to be around 55-60.