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.
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
- Religion: NA
- Address: Christchurch, Canterbury, New Zealand.
Cricket Career Of Sir Richard Hadlee
- 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
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.
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