After Don Bradman, there has been very few Australian players more famous or more influential than Richie Benaud in Cricket.
Such is the impact this man has had in the cricketing world. His Passing away today has robbed Australia of a national treasure.
A pioneering Australian leg-spin bowler, Richie Benaud played in 63 Tests, 28 of them as the captain of the team, took 945 wickets in 259 first-class matches and scored 11,719 first-class runs with 23 centuries and a batting average of 36.50
He retired in 1964 to pursue a career in journalism and broadcasting. His final commentary in England was in the 2005 Ashes series but he continued working for Channel Nine in Australia until 2013.
He was being treated for skin cancer since November.
Some famous Richie Benaud one-liners:
- “Morning everyone”
- “It’s gone into the confectionery stall and out again”
- “And Glenn McGrath dismissed for two, just ninety-eight runs short of his century”
Richie’s voice has been used in many computer cricket games and video games right from Cricket 97 and from EA Sports Cricket World Cup 99 till EA Sports Cricket 07. The commentary has been awesome and we believe cricket fanatics will never get bored and will keep playing those games just to hear his fine voice.
We shall miss him dearly, but we’ll forever treasure his indelible memory and all the marvelous values for which he stood. You will be the ‘voice of cricket’ for us forever! May your soul rest in peace Richie!