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Legendary cricketer, commentator Richie Benaud dead

Fri, Apr 10, 2015, 12:40 PM
Sydney, April 10 , 2015: Richie Benaud, legendary Australian cricket captain who mesmerised generations of fans with his commentary on the game, died in Sydney on Thursday night, Cricket Australia said on Friday.

Benaud, 84, was an outstanding leg-spinner and aggressive batsman in his playing days.

He fought a long battle with skin cancer and had also suffered from the after-effects of a serious car accident near his home in Sydney's suburb Coogee in late 2013.

Benaud retired in 1964 as Australia's leading Test bowler with 248 scalps and with an enviable record of having never lost a series as captain.

Paying rich tributes to him, Cricket Australia said after legendary batsman Don Bradman, there has been no Australian player more famous than Benaud.

Benaud stood at the top of the game throughout his life, first as a record-breaking leg-spinner and captain, and then as cricket's most famous - and most impersonated - broadcaster.

His most memorable day came when Australia and the West Indies shared Test cricket's first tie at the Gabba in 1960-61. At tea, when pressed by selector Don Bradman, Benaud said: "We're going for a win, of course."

The result and the gripping series helped revitalise the Test format after a sombre period in the 1950s.
Agency: IANS

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