Viv Richards is a West Indian cricketer who is considered to be one of the best batsmen to have ever played the game of cricket. He has been voted judged by the Wisden Cricketer’s Almanack to have played the greatest innings of all time, where he scored a 59 ball hundred to reach the score of 189 against England in the year 1984. He was voted as one of the five cricketers of the century in 2000 by a panel of more than 100 historians, players and cricket experts. He has been regarded as the greatest ODI (One Day International) batsmen and the third greatest Test batsmen of all time behind Don Bradman and Sachin Tendulkar.
Isaac Vivian Alexander Richards was born on March 7, 1952 at St. John’s, Antigua. He showed promise as a cricketer at a very young age inspired by his brothers Mervyn and Donald who played for the Antigua team. He went to the St. John’s Boys School, and later shifted to the Antigua Grammar School. Here he received appreciation and support from both his sports teacher and headmaster. He left school at the age of 18, to play for the St. John’s Cricket Club. During this time, he also worked part-time at the D’Arcy’s Bar to fund for his cricketing expenses.