Sir Richard Hadlee is undoubtedly one of the world's leading fast bowlers and held the world record for the most test wickets. With cricket in his blood (his father and two brothers played for New Zealand), Richard played for New Zealand and Nottinghamshire in the UK.
He created history in November 1988 when he broke the world record and took his 374th test wicket against India in Bangalore
Sir Richard (Paddles to his teammates) is respected the world over for his cricketing ability and his tremendous dedication to the game.
Sir Richard was the first bowler to achieve 400 test wickets (his career total was 434) and 4000 test runs. His ability and commitment to the game and his country were honoured when he received a Knighthood in 1990.
Sir Richard retired from first class cricket in 1990, and following his successful heart surgery in 1991, now conducts coaching clinics around the country. Now a respected sports commentator, he also established the Sir Richard Hadlee Sports Trust to give financial assistance to those disadvantaged in sporting or cultural activities.
This was perhaps best shown when he overcame his achilles tendon injury in February 1990 and returned to first class cricket - his motivation, the 400th wicket.
Sir Richard is witty, sincere, motivational and above all extremely professional