Best ever Medium Pacer?:
A natural, born to play cricket. Very, very quick in his early years before evolving into a medium pacer in the early 80s, although still capable of bowling a very quick ball at times. Loved playing cricket, and had great enthusiasm and appetite for the game. An incredibly good action. His run-up and action were very simple and technically fantastic. His head was very still, his approach very direct and beautifully balanced. Like Dennis Lillee, he continually put the ball in the danger zone, making the batsman play…unbelievable accuracy. I’ve never seen a bowler who sends or sent down as many good deliveries as he did. All bowlers bowl some good nuts and good bowlers bowl a lot but he bowled an amazing amount of them. Sunil Gavaskar once said “when Richard is bowling well we are all like detectives looking for clues”. He simply had enormous natural ability with a cricket ball (and bat actually) .
He was clinical, single minded and professional. He was a captain’s dream: you threw him the ball and he got wickets; it’s as simple as that. He got wickets at the start of the innings, he got the vital breakthroughs, he cleaned up the tail – you can’t ask for anything more. He was a champion and the greatest ever NZ sportsman or women imo
Bibliography: Christmas in Rarotonga by John Wright