Ultimate XI ODI Profile: Richard Hadlee

By June 05, 2020
Sir Richard Hadlee Sir Richard Hadlee

Sir Richard Hadlee was a bowler of unparalleled skill. He moved the ball both ways, in the air and off the pitch and could hit any crack in a pitch from 17 yards with a consistency that was almost robotic.

Hadlee improved at everything he did. Initially he was not the best at the ODI game, but over time he would improve to the point where Only Joel Garner, Dennis Lillee and Michael Holding could boast better averages than he did.

At the 1983 World Cup, Hadlee’s last, the New Zealand paceman conceded just 2.88 runs per over in 13 matches.

In his first 34 ODIs Hadlee only took 38 wickets at an average of 27.89 and a woeful strike rate of 50.5.

But from January 1982 until the end of his career in 1990, the pacer bowled in 81 matches. Over that period he took 120 wickets at an average of 19.55 and with a strike rate of 35.5.

  

Career Statistics

Full name: Richard John Hadlee

Born: July 3, 1951 (age 68), St Albans, Christchurch, Canterbury

Major teams: New Zealand, Canterbury, Marylebone Cricket Club, New Zealand Invitation XI, Nottinghamshire, Tasmania

Batting style: Left-hand bat

Bowling style: Right-arm fast

Height: 6 ft 1 in

 

ODI Career:   New Zealand (1973-1990)

Mat    Inns    Balls    Runs   Wkts   BBI     BBM      Ave    Econ   SR    4w     5w     10w

115    112       6182   3407    158    5/25      5/25     21.56   3.30   39.1    1       5         0

 

Career Highlights

  • Captured 158 wickets from 115 matches at an average of 21.56
  • Took five 5-wicket hauls in ODIs
  • 1st player to 1000 runs and 100 wickets in ODIs
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