Veteran Australian Cricket legend and former Captain Richie Benaud passes away
Former Australia captain and legendary cricket commentator Richie Benaud passed away on 10 April 2015. He was 84.
About Richie Benaud
- Richie Benaud was an Australian Test cricket all-rounder and a pioneering leg-spin bowler.
- Test career- In his Test cricket career, he had played 63 matches. His debut match was against West Indies in 1952. He had made 2201 runs and had taken 248 wickets.
- In 1958, he was appointed captain of Australian Test Team. He had led the team in 28 Test matches.
- First class cricket career- He had played 259 first-class matches and had taken 945 wickets and made 11,719 first-class runs at an average of 36.50.
- He had scored 23 centuries in first class cricket.
- Commentary Career- After retiring from cricket he pursued his career in journalism and broadcasting.
- In 1960, he made first radio cricket commentary for BBC in Britain. His last commentary was in 2005 Ashes series. But till 2013, he continued to work for Channel Nine in Australia.
- Autobiography- Anything But published in 1998.
- Awards- Officer of the Order of the British Empire (OBE) for services to cricket (1961), inducted into the Sport Australia Hall of Fame (1985), Australian Cricket Hall of Fame (2007) and ICC Cricket Hall of Fame (2009).