Richie Benaud, the Australian legend, has passed away, aged 84.
Richie Benaud was an all-time great of the game. His impact on Australian cricket is unparalleled and his loss unmatched. His love of the game ensured that entire generations of the Champions of cricket looked up to him for guidance and inspiration.
He has the remarkable achievement of being the first genuine all-rounder to ever grace the game. As an attacking batsman and accurate leggie, he was also the first to reach 200 wickets and 2000 runs in Test Cricket. By the time he retired he had played 63 Tests with 248 wickets (ave 27.03) and 2201 runs (ave 24.45).
Benaud is easily the most popular Australian cricketer in history, probably after Bradman. His work on the field and behind the microphone made sure that everyone across the world knew him. There are just too many cricketing memories that are connected to the great mans voice.
Benaud had always been an entertainer, long before he took of his gloves and took up the microphone. In 1960 he was working for the BBC, News of the World and Channel Nine. His commentary style which included brilliant play-by-play, dry humor and most importantly warmth, made him a favorite around the world. His commentary in the first few EA cricket games are still legendary.
Benaud was inducted into the Australian Cricket Hall of Fame at the Allan Border Medal ceremony in 2007 and later in the ICC Cricket Hall of Fame in 2009.
In 2013-2014 he was involved in a car accident suffering from a cracked sternum and rib injuries. Just as he was expected to make a comeback to the commentary booth, he disclosed he was suffering from melanomas. The cancer finally took his life and he passed away peacefully.
Today the world is ringing with, End of a marvelous innings!. Rest in peace Richie!
Messages are pouring in from across the world as cricket mourns its favorite voice!
A sad day for Australia. We have lost a cricketing champion and Australian icon. What an innings. RIP Richie Benaud
Tony Abbott (@TonyAbbottMHR) April 9, 2015
The World of Cricket mourns a cricketing icon as Richie Benaud passes away at the age of 84 pic.twitter.com/DW0UUBJGs8
ICC (@ICC) April 10, 2015
#RIPRichie Wonderful personality who was always warm and encouraging. Had great insights on the game (1/3)
sachin tendulkar (@sachin_rt) April 10, 2015
Condolences to Richie Benaud and his family. Our prayers are with you
Saqlain Mushtaq (@Saqlain_Mushtaq) April 9, 2015
Sad news about a great Australian Richie Benaud. Not only a fantastic player but the voice of cricket! #RIPRichie
Lleyton Hewitt (@lleytonhewitt) April 10, 2015
Dear Richie, I”ve known you & Daphne for close to 30 years & to everyone you were a legend on all levels & rightly so too. As a cricketer, commentator & as a person, you were the best there”s ever been & to top it off, an absolute gentleman… For me it was an honour & a privilege to call you a close friend & mentor, we had so many wonderful times together, talking cricket & in particular, our love & passion of leg spin bowling. I will cherish our entertaining dinners & all the fun times we shared over a long period of time. I would also like to thank you & Daphne for all your support & time you made for me as a young cricketer & leg spin bowler trying to make his way as an 18 year old, your tips & advice along the journey meant so much !!! Richie, you were loved by everyone, not just the cricket family, you were the godfather of cricket & you will be missed by all… R.I.P my friend #hero #BowledRichie
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Respected and looked up to by all, you will be sorely missed #Legend
Vale Richie Benaud #RIPRichie pic.twitter.com/ohfS8Jmbdo
Shane Watson (@ShaneRWatson33) April 10, 2015
Very sad to hear the news today of the passing of Richie Benaud. What a legend of a cricketer and broadcaster for @Channel9 @WWOS9 #bestever
Brett Lee (@BrettLee_58) April 9, 2015
RIP Richie Benaud. Voice of cricket #legend
England”s Barmy Army (@TheBarmyArmy) April 9, 2015
RIP Richie Benaud !!! Sad to hear the news … What a charming voice and personality !!!
Russel Arnold (@RusselArnold69) April 9, 2015