Sir Isaac Vivian Alexander Richards, is a former West Indian cricketer. Popularly known as Viv (or King Viv), he is regarded as one of the greatest batsmen of all time and as one of the very finest players in the history of the sport. 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, Richards was judged by Wisden Cricketers' Almanack to have played the best ODI innings of all time. In December 2002, he was chosen by Wisden as the greatest One Day International (ODI) batsman of all time, as well as the third greatest Test batsman of all time, after Sir Don Bradman and Sachin Tendulkar.
Full name Sir Isaac Vivian Alexander Richards
Born 7 March 1952 (age 62) St. John's, Antigua and Barbuda
Nickname Master Blaster, Smokey, Smokin Joe, King Viv
Height 5 ft 10 in (1.78 m)
Batting style Right-handed
Bowling style Right-arm medium/off-break
National side West Indies
Test debut 22 November 1974 v India
Last Test 8 August 1991 v England
ODI debut 7 June 1975 v Sri Lanka
Last ODI 27 May 1991 v England