Sir Richard Hadlee is undoubtedly one of the world's leading fast bowlers and until recently he held the world record for the most test wickets.
With cricket in his blood (his father and two brothers played for New Zealand), Richard played Under 14’s representative cricket for Canterbury. He went on to play for New Zealand and Nottinghamshire in the UK and has also played for Tasmania.
His achievements are endless, both at a provincial and international level. Internationally he created history in November 1988 when he broke the world record held by Ian Botham and took his 374th wicket against India in Bangalore. He has scored just over 3000 test runs including 2 hundreds and he is the first bowler to achieve 400 test wickets – the 400th was captured at his home ground Lancaster park – (now Jade Stadium) against India in February 1990. (current total 431). During Richard’s first class career he took 1490 wickets and scored over 12000 runs with 13 hundreds.
His best bowling performance was against Australia, 9–52. . He still holds 2 world records – most 5 wicket bags in an innings (36x) and ten wickets in a test match (9x).
Sir Richard (Paddles to his teammates) is respected throughout the world for both his cricketing ability and his tremendous dedication to the game. This was perhaps best shown when he overcame his achilles tendon injury in February 1990 and returned to first class cricket - his motivation the 400th wicket.
His ability and commitment to the game and his country was honoured when he received a Knighthood in 1990.
Sir Richard retired from first class cricket at the end of the New Zealand tour to England in 1990, and following his successful heart surgery in 1991, now conducts coaching clinics around the country and is respected as a commentator. He is now the Chairman of Selectors for New Zealand Cricket.
Sir Richard is witty, sincere, motivational and above all extremely professional.
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