New Zealand's most accomplished cricketer whose professional career spanned 20 years during which time he became the first ever bowler to capture 400 test wickets and the first cricketer to be knighted while still playing.
Sir Richard was Chairman of Selectors for New Zealand Cricket from July 2000 through to early 2008.
Sir Richard has been a Bank of New Zealand Ambassador since retirement from international cricket in 1990.
1990 Awarded a Knighthood for services to cricket.
1987 New Zealand Sportsperson of the Decade.
1987 New Zealand Sportsperson of the last 25 years (shared with athlete, John Walker).
1986 New Zealand Sportsman of the Year.
1981 Awarded the MBE for services to New Zealand sport.
1980 New Zealand Sportsman of the Year.
Winner of the Winsor Cup on 13 occasions, including 12 consecutive years, for the most meritorious bowling performance of the season.
Published & written ten books 'Hadlee', 'Rhythm & Swing', 'Hadlee on Cricket', 'At the Double', 'Hadlee Hits Out', 'Soft Deliveries', 'Hadlee's Humour', 'Hard Knocks', 'Caught Out', 'Cricket - The essentials of the game'