News from Australia broke today that legendary spin-bowling and cricket commentator Richie Benaud has died at age 84.
Benaud, a leg-spinner from his time, played 63 Tests for Australia, captaining the squad 28 times. He also became the first man to score 2,000 runs and take 200 wickets in Test matches. Richie Benaud also never lost a Test series as captain, winning 5 of the 7 series he was at the helm for.
From Playing to Journalism
After he retired from international cricket in 1964, Benaud became a publisher in the sport and soon became world renowned for his commentary. He spent decades as a part of a star-studded Channel 9 team, including the late great Tony Greig, that broadcast cricket in his home country.
The End of the Career
Richie Benaud retired from commentary after the epic 2005 Ashes series that took place in England. Benaud worked as a commentator for 42 years prior to retiring from the booth.
His image was well known down-under to anyone who lived there and his voice well known for helping wake the nation up with his famous and simple "Morning everyone" opening that highlighted the start of the coverage that day. Fans often flocked to the ground dressed as him satirically. He was also made an Officer of the Order of the British Empire in 1961 for his services to cricket. The cricket community has lost one of its greatest voices, pioneers, and custodians.
Benaud leaves behind his wife, Daphne, whom he married in 1967 along with 2 children.