Article, 2003

Richie Benaud's tips for aspiring commentators

Richie Benaud

"Everyone should develop a distinctive style, but a few pieces of advice might be:

Put your brain into gear before opening your mouth.

Never say "we" if referring to a team.

Discipline is essential; fierce concentration is needed at all times.

"Then try to avoid allowing past your lips: "Of course"... "As you can see on the screen"... "You know..." or " I tell you what". "That's a tragedy..." or "a disaster...". (The Titanic was a tragedy, the Ethiopian drought a disaster, but neither bears any relation to a dropped catch.)

"Above all: when commentating, don't take yourself too seriously, and have fun."

© John Wisden & Co