Left Menu
Development News Edition

Sport-On this day: Died April 10, 2015: Richie Benaud, cricketer and broadcaster

Reuters | Updated: 09-04-2020 11:30 IST | Created: 09-04-2020 11:30 IST
Sport-On this day: Died April 10, 2015: Richie Benaud, cricketer and broadcaster

"Morning everyone."

At the sound of this prosaic but unmistakeable greeting, cricket fans for half a century knew they were about to spend a few hours in the company of one of the great sports broadcasters of the television age. All-rounder, Australia captain, journalist and author, Richie Benaud played other roles over his 84 years but they rarely took him far from the cricket oval.

Few had more influence on the game in the latter half of the 20th century, from the on-pitch celebrations which helped drag cricket out of its post-war austerity to his championing of the World Series project that was to transform the sport. It was at the microphone that he had his biggest impact, of course, his idiosyncratic but always measured delivery becoming the favoured accompaniment to cricket for millions.

"He was authoritative but not pedantic, dignified but not pompous, and never spoke unless he had something to say," Gideon Haigh wrote in his obituary of Benaud. "He was so popular that many humourists strove to imitate him, so distinctive that none ever quite got him right."

Even without his mastery of the art of commentary, Benaud would still be remembered as one of cricket's finest leg-spinners and most successful test captains. As a bowler, magic came out of the back of his hand as it had for Bill "Tiger" O'Reilly before him, and as it would for Shane Warne after him.

In the statistics so revered in cricket, he took 248 wickets at 27.03 and scored 2,201 runs at 24.45 over 63 tests. As a skipper, standing bare-headed with his white shirt unbuttoned to expose a bit of sun-tanned chest, he earned a reputation as one of a new breed of aggressive captains.

That was most amply illustrated in the fourth test of the 1961 Ashes series at Old Trafford when, having decided saving the match was impossible, he sent his players out to win it. Benaud, bowling around the wicket, took 6-70 as they did just that, going 2-1 up in the series to ensure they would retain the urn.

His playing peak probably came just before that when Australia took on Frank Worrell's West Indies in 1960-61, an exhilarating series that included the first tied test and a dramatic draw at Adelaide Oval. Always impeccably prepared for everything in life, Benaud had planned the transition into a media career long before he finally hung up his baggy green cap in 1964.

His 42-year stint on British television came to the end at the conclusion of the 2005 Ashes series, when the crowd and both teams at the Oval rose to acclaim him. There was to be no similar send off in Australia after a car crash near his home in the Sydney suburb of Coogee in 2013 left him too frail to travel.

A full life only took him 40 miles from his birthplace in Penrith to that beachside home close to his beloved Sydney Cricket Ground, but his voice continues to resonate around the world in the memories of millions. (Editing by ....)


TRENDING

OPINION / BLOG / INTERVIEW

‘Discounted Deaths’ and COVID 19: Anthropology of Death and Emotions

Death is a social event rather than the mere cessation of biological functions. As seen by anthropologists, death is not just physical but intensely social, cultural, and political....

Indigenous knowledge of communities a must for maximizing impact of community work

Generally, it has been observed that the majority of the academicians in higher education institutions neglect the wisdom of community people and throw their weight around thinking that they know everything and the community knows nothing. ...

In rebuking FBR, Pakistan’s courts take a stand for public health

The system, if implemented effectively, will allow Pakistans revenue service to combat the illicit trade in tobacco products and potentially add hundreds of millions of dollars to the states budget each year. ...

Dissecting how COVID-19 is catalyzing the trajectory of New World Order

The ensuing pandemic of COVID-19 has hit the globalization in two ways firstly, shrinking the importance of globalization as an economic force by curtailing mobility through worldwide lockdowns, and secondly, rejuvenating the idea of indig...

Videos

Latest News

IIT Roorkee to conduct research for identifying antiviral to tackle COVID-19

Indian Institute of Technology IIT Roorkee will conduct research on the identification of antiviral to treat COVID-19. This development comes after a proposal led by Professor Pravindra Kumar has been given a go-ahead by the Science and Eng...

Zuckerberg distances Facebook from Twitter in Trump fight

Facebook Chief Executive Mark Zuckerberg took pains to distance his company from Twitter and its fight with U.S. President Donald Trump on Thursday, as the White House moved to scrap a law protecting social media companies. Republican Trump...

Brazil registers record 26,417 coronavirus cases in a day -ministry

Brazil reported a daily record of 26,417 new coronavirus cases on Thursday, according to the Health Ministry, bringing its total tally to 438,238, second only to the United States in confirmed cases.Brazils death toll rose 1,156 from a day ...

Trump tries a new response after George Floyd's death

It was the kind of personal statement expected from a president in response to the disturbing video of a black man gasping for help as a white policeman pinned him to the street by the neck. But it was a very different tone for President Do...

Give Feedback