Sir Richard John Hadlee, widely regarded as the Sultan of Swing, celebrates his 70th birthday on the 3rd of July. The New Zealand-born is one of the best fast bowlers in the history of cricket.
Interesting info on him:-
# His father, Walter Hadlee, was the former test captain of the country while his brothers - Dayle Hadlee and Barry Hadlee - played in the national team. Hadlee's ex-wife, Karen Marsh, too represented New Zealand in the 1978 Women's world cup.
# He was the first bowler in the history of cricket to take 400 test wickets.
# He is also the top four all-rounders during his playing days along with Imran Khan, Kapil Dev, and Ian Botham.
# He became the first cricketer to score 1000 runs and take 100 wickets in the ODIs.
# He played 148 first-class games for Nottinghamshire in which he took 622 wickets at a remarkable average of 14.51. He scored 5854 runs, including 11 centuries.
# He was awarded an Honorary Doctorate in Letters from the University of Nottingham.
# in 1980, Hadlee was appointed an MBE in the Queen's Birthday Honours List and got knighted in the 1990 Queen's Birthday
Honours List for services to cricket.
# He was inducted into ICC Cricket Hall of Fame in 2009.
# Canterbury's AMI Stadium had its north stand, which is now demolished due to earthquake, was named "Hadlee Stand".
# the annual series between New Zealand and Australia is named as Chappell-Hadlee trophy.
# Hadlee took a total of 36 five-wicket hauls in Test matches - a record in Test cricket at the time of his retirement.
# He played a total of 86 test matches in which he finished with 431 wickets and 3124 runs.
# In ODIs, he played 115 matches where he took 158 wickets and scored 1751 runs.