Richard Hadlee

Country: New Zealand
Born: July 03, 1951, St Albans, Christchurch, Canterbury
Height: 6ft 1in
Batting Style: Left hand Bat
Bowling Style: Right arm Fast
Playing role: Bowling Allrounder

Richard Hadlee Bio

Richard John Hadlee, one of the greatest cricket players of all time, hails from New Zealand. Throughout his illustrious career, he carried the fortunes of his team to unprecedented heights and left an indelible mark in the world of cricket. Known for his exceptional skills as a fast bowler and his powerful batting abilities, Hadlee is rightfully regarded as one of the four iconic all-rounders of the 1980s.

Born into a cricketing family, Hadlee was the fifth son of Walter Hadlee, a former captain of the New Zealand cricket team. His cricket education began at a young age, and he made his debut for Canterbury in the 1971-72 season. Initially, Hadlee focused more on raw speed rather than guile, and his long-haired, unkempt appearance matched his aggressive style of play. However, as he gained experience and honed his skills, he developed a shorter run-up and refined his technique, embodying the attributes of an ideal fast bowler. His lithe, whippy, side-on action allowed him to extract pace, bounce, and movement even from unresponsive pitches, making life uncomfortable for the best batsmen of his era.

Hadlee’s first major triumph came in February 1978 when, five years after his debut, his incredible performance in Wellington led to a resounding victory over England. Claiming 10 wickets in the match, including a mesmerizing figures of 6 for 26 in the second innings, Hadlee demolished the English batting line-up. However, it was against the Australians that he delivered some of his most memorable performances. His exceptional 15-wicket haul in Brisbane during the 1985-86 season remains one of the defining moments in the intense Trans-Tasman rivalry.

In 1990, at the age of 39 and fresh off being knighted for his service to the game, Hadlee retired from international cricket. By this time, he had become the first player to reach 400 Test wickets, positioning himself among the immortals of the sport. His remarkable strike-rate of achieving this feat in just 79 matches is a testament to his exceptional talent. In his final match against England at Trent Bridge, Hadlee bid farewell with a flourish, claiming a five-wicket haul in the second innings, including a wicket with his very last delivery.

Following his retirement, Hadlee transitioned into an outspoken media pundit, providing his expert analysis and insights. Furthermore, he assumed the role of chairman of New Zealand’s selectors, using his wealth of knowledge and experience to guide the future of cricket in his country.

Richard John Hadlee’s contributions to the sport were not limited to his phenomenal performances on the field. His impact as a charismatic and dominant cricketer, revered both in New Zealand and across the globe, continues to inspire future generations of players. As a pioneer of fast bowling and a truly exceptional all-rounder, Hadlee carved his name in cricket history and remains an enduring symbol of excellence in the sport.

Richard Hadlee Career Stats

Richard Hadlee Batting Stats

Batting Matches Innings Nos Runs High Score Ave BF SR 100s 50s 4s 6s Ct St
Tests 86 134 19 3124 151* 27.16 - - 2 15 - 33 39 0
T20Is - - - - - - - - - - - - - -
ODIs 115 98 17 1751 79 21.61 2319 75.5 0 4 - - 27 0
FC 342 473 93 12052 210* 31.71 - - 14 59 - - 198 0
List A 317 271 56 5241 100* 24.37 - - 1 16 - - 100 0
T20s - - - - - - - - - - - - - -

Richard Hadlee Bowling Stats

Bowling Matches Innings Balls Runs Wkts BBI BBM Ave Econ SR 4w 5w 10w
Tests 86 150 21918 9611 431 9/52 15/123 22.29 2.63 50.8 25 36 9
T20Is - - - - - - - - - - - - -
ODIs 115 112 6182 3407 158 5/25 5/25 21.56 3.3 39.1 1 5 0
FC 342 - - 26998 1490 9/52 - 18.11 - - - 102 18
List A 317 - 16188 8553 454 6/12 6/12 18.83 3.17 35.6 9 8 0
T20s - - - - - - - - - - - - -

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