Sir Richard Hadlee Full Biography, Legend Of New Zealand Cricket, Records, Height, Weight, Age, Wife, Family, & More


Sir Richard Hadlee Full Biography


Sir Richard John Hadlee (born 3 July 1951) is a former New Zealand cricketer. He is regarded as one of the greatest fast bowlers of all time. Hadlee was a right-arm fast bowler and a left-handed middle-order batsman. He played 86 Test and 115 ODIs matches for New Zealand. He debuted in 1973 in a Test match and retired at the age of 39 in 1990.

After his retirement, he worked as a New Zealand cricket Selection Manager from 2000 – 2008 and Cricket Board of Directors Member (2013 – 2017).

In June 2018, Hadlee was diagnosed with bowel cancer and undergoing surgery to remove the tumour.

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Sir Richard Hadlee Zealand Cricketer – Basic Information 

  • Full Name: Sir Richard John Hadlee
  • Nickname: Paddles
  • Role: All-rounder
  • Batting Style: Left-hand bat
  • Bowling Style: Right-arm fast

Sir Richard Hadlee Physical Appearance

  • Height (approx.): 6’1″
  • Weight (approx.): NA
  • Eye Colour: Light Blue
  • Hair Colour: White

Personal Life Of Sir Richard Hadlee

  • Date of Birth: 3 July 1951
  • Age: 68(as of 2020)
  • Birth Place:  St Albans, Christchurch, Canterbury
  • Zodiac sign: Cancer
  • Nationality: New Zealander
  • School: Christchurch Boys’ High School
  • College: NA
  • Educational Qualifications: NA

Sir Richard Hadlee Family & Religion

  • Father: Walter Hadlee
  • Mother: NA
  • Brother: Barry Hadlee and Dayle Hadlee
  • Sister: NA
  • Coach/Mentor:NA
  • Religion: NA
  • Address: Christchurch, Canterbury, New Zealand.

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Cricket Career Of Sir Richard Hadlee

Source: Espncricinfo

Internation Debuts

  • Test: 2 February 1973 v Pakistan at Wellington
  • ODI: 11 February 1973 v Pakistan at Christchurch
  • T20: NA
  • Jersey Number: NA
  • Domestic/State Teams: New Zealand, Canterbury, Marylebone Cricket Club, New Zealand Invitation XI, Nottinghamshire, Tasmania
  • Nature on the field: Aggressive

Batting Career 


Bowling Career 



Source: Cricbuzz



Highlighted Records of Sir Richard Hadlee

  • He holds the world record of 10 wickets in a match – 9 times.
  • He also holds the world record of 5 wickets in a Test inning – 36 times.
  • The first player in Test history to take 400 wickets and scored 3000 runs.
  • Career-best bowling performance of 9 for 52 against Australia.
  • In 86 Test matches he took 431 wickets( was a world record until Kapil Dev broke it).

Sir Richard Hadlee Preferences & Hobbies

  • Hobbies: Playing golf, watching movies, watching sport, gardening
  • Favorite Batsmen: NA
  • Favorite Bowler: NA
  • Most Favorite Sportspersons: NA
  • Favorite Actor: NA

Relationship Status Sir Richard Hadlee

  • Marital Status: Married
  • Wife: Karen Marsh
  • Marriage Date: NA
  • Affairs/Girlfriend: NA
  • Children: NA

Awards and Recognitions

  • New Zealand “Sportsperson of the Year” 2 times:- 1980 and 1986.
  • New Zealand “Sportsperson of the Decade”:-1989
  • For his services in New Zealand sport, he was awarded the M.B.E. in 1981.
  • For his services in New Zealand Cricket, he was awarded a Knighthood in 1990.
  • The PCA (Professional Cricketer’s Association) “Player of the Year” 3 times:- 1981, 1984 and 1987.
  • In 2009, inducted into the ICC World Cricket Hall of Fame.
  • In 2010, inducted to Life Membership of New Zealand Cricket.
  • From Nottingham University, England in 2008, he was awarded an Honorary Doctorate in Letters.
  • Awarded the Bert Sutcliffe Medal for his Services to New Zealand Cricket in 2008.
  • English country cricket awarded  4 times” Leading Allrounder of the Year”:- 1982,1984,1986 and 1987.
  • New Zealand Cricket named ‘Cricketer of the Year Award’ as ‘The Sir Richard Hadlee Medal’ in 2011.


Controversies did by Sir Richard Hadlee


Lesser Known Facts

  • His father Walter Hadlee was also a New Zealand cricketer and Test match captain.
  • His two brother Barry Hadlee and Dayle Hadlee both are New Zealand cricketer.
  • Wife Karen Marsh also played international cricket for New Zealand.

Sir Richard Hadlee Interview 

Source: YouTube

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