Kathmandu – Former Australian captain and legendary commentator Richie Benaud has passed away at the age of 84 due to skin cancer.
Benaud was born in New South Wales in 6 October 1930. In 1952, he made his debut against West Indies at SCG and played 63 test matches. In 1958, he was appointed as the captain of Australian team and continued till his retirement in 1964. After retiring, Benaud turned to full-time cricket journalism and commentary.
He was a right-arm leg spinner and a right arm batsman. During his career, he took 248 wickets and scored 2201 runs in test matches. He was also inducted into the Sport Australia Hall of fame in 1985. In 2007, he was inducted into the Australian Cricket Hall of Fame at the Allan Border Medal award evening and in 2009 he was inducted into the ICC Cricket Hall of Fame.
Nepal’s Prime Minister – Sushil Koirala has extended his condolences on Richie Benaud’s passing to Cricket Australia’s Chairman Wally Edwards in Kathmandu today.
#RIPRichie Wonderful personality who was always warm and encouraging. Had great insights on the game (1/3)
— sachin tendulkar (@sachin_rt) April 10, 2015
A truely great person, you will always be remembered for what you gave to this world. R.I.P Richie https://t.co/H820wsRS9x
— Mitchell Johnson (@MitchJohnson398) April 10, 2015
— Shane Watson (@ShaneRWatson33) April 10, 2015
Sad to hear the passing of the voice of cricket, great player and a true gentleman. R.I.P Richie Benaud.
— David Warner (@davidwarner31) April 10, 2015
— Darren Sammy (@darrensammy88) April 10, 2015