Viv Richards: Through his Eyes - We look at Master Blaster's early career
Watch part one of our series on West Indies legend Sir Vivian Richards as Mark Butcher looks at Master Blaster's fledgling career
Last Updated: 18/04/20 5:41pm
Sir Isaac Vivian Alexander Richards is one of the greatest batsmen of all time.
Viv struck over 8,500 Test runs at an average in excess of 50 and amassed over 6,700 in ODI cricket at an average of 47, hitting 35 hundreds across the two international formats he played.
The Master Blaster helped West Indies dominate Test cricket in the 1970s and 1980s and win two World Cup titles, with Viv striking a majestic 138 not out in the 1979 final against England.
A few years ago, Mark Butcher travelled to Viv's native Antigua to chat to the man himself and find out about the legend's life - and with coronavirus preventing any actual cricket from being played at the moment, we thought it would be the perfect time to replay the four-part series.
Every Monday over the next few weeks on skysports.com, we will be bringing you a new instalment and we begin with episode one, Son of St John's - which you can watch in the video at the top of the page - as Butch examines Viv's upbringing and early cricketing career.
Episode 1 - Son of St John's
Mark catches up with Viv and his brother Mervyn, who tell us about their parents, how Viv's talent was spotted early on and how the church, not cricket, took precedence on Sundays.
Viv says that being from a small island made him more determined to take any opportunity he was given and reveals how playing cricket as a youngster toughened him up and made him play like a matador.
It wasn't all plain sailing for The Master Blaster, though, who explains how he managed three ducks in the same game and was given a two-year ban from cricket for a show of dissent.