ICC Hall of Fame

Richard Hadlee
Inducted: 2009 | Career: 1973 - 1990


NZNew Zealand

One of the greatest fast bowlers of all time, Richard Hadlee spearheaded New Zealand's attack for 17 years. He was the first bowler to reach 400 Test wickets, and finished with 431 Test wickets at an outstanding average of 22.29, with 36 5-wicket hauls.

Player Bio

Richard Hadlee is one of the few players to have had a massive impact on the game for New Zealand. By the time he had retired from international cricket in 1990, when he was 39, he was conferred with knighthood for his services to the game. He had also etched his place as one of the greatest fast bowlers of all time. Having played 86 Tests, he picked up 431 wickets and scored 3124 runs at an average of 27.16, becoming the first bowler to reach 400 Test wickets. Apart from his skills in the bowling department, he also was a hard-hitting batsman of great potential. He is regarded as one of the four great allrounders of the 1980s, along with Ian Botham, Imran Khan and Kapil Dev. In his last game for New Zealand against England, he picked up a five-wicket haul, finishing with a wicket with his very last delivery.

date of birth:
3 Jul 1951
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Date of debut:
2 Feb 1973