Former New Zealand legend undergoes Cancer surgery

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One of the greatest bowlers of all time, Sir Richard Hadlee of New Zealand has undergone the cancer operation. He has gone through the surgery for bowel cancer but is expected to make a full and timely recovery. Richard Hadlee became the first bowler in the history of test cricket to claim 400 wickets.

Sir Richard Hadlee’s bowel cancer came to the light while he had a routine three-year colonoscopy. He then underwent the surgery to get a tumour removed. The 66-year-old fast bowling legend will commence with his chemotherapy treatment and it is expected to be fully recovered.

Sir Richard Hadlee has undergone cancer surgery. (image source: via Ariful Islam Roney/

Sir Hadlee’s wife Dianne Hadlee confirms the status

As per reports in PTI, Sir Richard Hadlee’s wife Dianne Hadlee has confirmed about the surgery his Husband has gone through. “Last month, Richard had a routine, three-year colonoscopy, and we discovered that he has bowel cancer. He has since had an operation to remove the tumour. This operation went extremely well and he has made an excellent recovery from surgery”, says Dianne Hadlee.

Dianne Hadlee also confirms that Sir Hadlee will undergo the further treatment in the form of therapy that will last for few months. “As a safeguard, further treatment in the form of chemotherapy will commence shortly and last for a few months. It is expected that, in time, he will have a full recovery”, further quotes his wife Lady Dianne Hadlee.

66 years old Sir Richard Hadlee Hadlee is widely considered New Zealand’s greatest cricketer ever. He was considered as one of the four great fast-bowling allrounders of the 1980s alongside Imran Khan, Ian Botham and Kapil Dev. He became the first ever bowler to scalp 400 test wickets. He ended his test career with the total of 431 Test wickets, in 86 matches at an average of 22.29. He was also a good left-handed middle-order batsman. He managed to score a total of 3124 runs at 27.16.

For his excellent record and service to the game of cricket, he was knighted when he toured England for the last time as the New Zealand player in 1990.