Sir Richie Richardson turns 55 today. He has been a faithful servant of West Indies cricket. He has played 86 Tests and 224 ODIs for West Indies. He also captained West Indies in 24 Tests, winning 11, losing 6 and 7 draws. Cricwizz takes a look at the little-known things about the birthday boy Sir Richie Richardson.
Richardson was popular for using wide-brimmed maroon hat which he even wore against faster bowlers instead of wearing a helmet.
Richardson was the skipper of West Indies which suffered an embarrassing loss in the hands of Kenya in 1996 World Cup. However, Richardson led West Indies to the semis, losing the match to Australia. It was the last international match Richardson played for West Indies.
Richardson is a bass guitarist. He joined reggae band, Big Bad Dread and The Baldhead’. Another West Indian Curtly Ambrose was part of the band.
Under Richardson’s captaincy of four years, West Indies lost only one series which was against Australia in 1995. It was the West Indies’ first series defeat since 1980.
Richardson had cracked 9 tons against the mighty Australians in Test cricket. Only Sachin Tendulkar and Jack Hobbs have scored more Test centuries against Australia in Test cricket.
Richardson has taken just one international wicket in his career with his medium-pace bowling. He took the wicket of Manzoor Elahi of Pakistan at Hyderabad ODI in 1986.
Richardson had also served as match referee. He was Elite Panel of Match Referees by the International Cricket Council in 2015.
Richardson was commemorated as Knight Commander Of the Order of the Nation by the Antiguan Barbudan government in 2014.
Richardson retired early due to chronic fatigue syndrome. “I was burnt out and it was a struggle to continue playing cricket,” he told media about his early retirement.