Sir Viv Richards

Sir Viv Richards – West Indian cricketing legend Sir Vivian Richards has come on board with Spartan as one of our manufacturing consultants. Sir Viv is an immortal, known as one of the greatest batsman to ever grace the sport.

Richards was a very powerful right-handed batsman with an extremely attacking style, as well as being an excellent fielder and a more than competent off-spin bowler. He is often regarded as the most physically devastating and exciting batsman that ever played the game and played his entire 17-year career without a helmet.

He was born in Antigua, to a cricket-loving family who encouraged him to play the sport from a young age. His brothers both represented Antigua, while his dad had captained. In the early 70s, Sir Viv moved to England to further his career; this proved a hugely worthwhile move, as he quickly moved up the ranks into professional cricket.

He made his test debut for the West Indies in 1974 against India, and made an unbeaten 192 in the second test of the series. A year later, he helped the West Indies win the inaugural Cricket World Cup, where he starred with bat, ball and in the field. In 1976 he scored an unbelievable 1710 runs, averaging 90. He went to captain the West Indies Test team between 1984 and 1991, where he did not lose a single Test.


Full Name: Sir Isaac Vivian Alexander Richards
Date of Birth: 7 March 1952, St. John’s, Antigua and Barbuda
Height: 178 cm
Major Teams: West Indies, Somerset
Position: He is a right-hand batsman & Right-arm medium/off-break Bowler
Nick Name: Master Blaster, Smokey, Smokin Joe, King Viv

Test debut – 22 November 1974 v India




ODI debut – 7 June 1975 v Sri Lanka

Wisden Cricketer of the Year 1977

Walter Lawrence Trophy 1980

Walter Lawrence Trophy 1986

Selected as one of the Five Wisden Cricketers of the Century, 2000

Wisden greatest ODI batsman of all time 2002

Jon Farriss – “Smokin’ Joe” (feat Viv Richards)

Song and music video released March 2015 featuring the great Sir Viv Richards