Sydney: Former Australian captain and celebrated commentator Richie Benaud, who is popularly known as the ‘voice of cricket’ in the commentary box, has died at the age of 84 after battling skin cancer.
Richie Benaud played 63 Tests for his country and was the first player to score 2000 Test runs and take 200 Test wickets.A former newspaper journalist, he would then carve out a 40-year career behind the microphone, his measured style and distinctive voice marking him as one of the game’s finest analysts.
Known simply as “Richie” to cricket-lovers world-wide, Benaud would also play an instrumental role in the World Series Cricket revolution. His death was an affair of sorrow to former players, celebrities and politicians.
“There would hardly be an Australian over the last 40 years who hasn’t listened to Richie Benaud,” Australia Prime Minister Tony Abbott told ABC radio, describing him as a very effective cricketer and great personality.
“He certainly will be very, very much missed.” Australia Test captain Michael Clarke said it was a “really sad day.”