At 84, Legendary Commentator Richie Benaud Dies
Former Australian captain and cricket commentator Richie Benaud has passed away on Friday.
The famous broadcaster, who was reputed for his clever and witty one-liners, was 84. He announced last year he was receiving treatment for skin cancer.
Cricket Australia posted on its website, “After Don Bradman, there has been no Australian player more famous than Richie Benaud.”
“Benaud stood at the top of the game throughout his rich life, first as a record-breaking leg-spinner and captain, and then as cricket’s most famous — and most impersonated — broadcaster.”
According to BBC, as a leg spinner, Benaud captured 945 wickets and scored 11,719 runs in 259 first class matches. He also holds the record for being the first player to achieve 2,000 runs and take 200 wickets in test matches.
Benaud never lost a test match series as a captain. Under his leadership, the Australian team won five and drew two.
After playing his last match against South Africa at the Sydney Cricket Ground on Feb 1964, he retired and went on to pursue a profession in broadcasting and journalism. He made his first appearance on BBC Radio in 1960 and advanced to television in 1963. Fourteen years later, in 1977, he became the lead commentator on Channel Nine.
Having written columns, he is also the author of several books, including “Spin Me a Spinner,” “The Ashes 1982-83,” “Anything But” and “Over but Not Out.”
He was given the prestigious honor of being included in the Sport Australia Hall of Fame in 1985, and in the ICC’s Hall of Fame in 2009.
Benaud was recognized as an Officer of the Order of the British Empire in 1961.
Some of his best one-liners include, “It’s gone into the confectionery stall and out again,” and “Glenn McGrath dismissed for two, just 98 runs short of his century.”
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