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Viv Richards
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    (March 7, 1952- )
    Born in St. John's, Antigua and Barbuda
    Birth name was Isaac Vivian Alexander Richards
    Played test cricket for the West Indies (1974-91)
    Wisden Cricketer of the Year (1977)
    Selected as one of five Wisden Cricketers of the Century (2000)
    Also played football (soccer) for Antigua in qualifying matches for the 1974 World Cup
    Frequent commentator for the BBC's 'Test Match Special'
    Named an Officer of the Order of the British Empire for services to cricket (1994)
    Named a Knight of the Order of the National Hero by Antigua (1999)
    Nicknamed King Viv and Master Blaster
    He was suspended for two years after causing a near riot by the home crowd during inter-island play (1969).
    According to one cricket commentator, 'In 1983, they [the West Indies] lost a World Cup to India simply because Richards couldn't contain his natural flamboyance and threw his wicket away at an inopportune moment.'
    He always chewed gum while batting and refused to wear a mouthpiece (since it would interfere with the gum chewing).
    He had a daughter out of wedlock with Bollywood actress Neena Gupta.
    He was famed for his intimidating presence as a batsman and his aggressive and fearless style of play.
    Wisden judged that he played the greatest One Day International (ODI) innings of all time.
    In an ESPN poll of players, he was named the best cricketer since 1970 and third greatest player ever.
    As captain of the West Indies team, he never lost a Test series.
    He twice turned down blank-check offers to play in South Africa during the apartheid era (1983-84).

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