Richie Benaud

Australia|Allrounder
Richie Benaud
INTL CAREER: 1952 - 1964
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Full Name

Richard Benaud

Born

October 06, 1930, Penrith, New South Wales

Died

April 10, 2015, Sydney, New South Wales, (aged 84y 186d)

Batting Style

Right hand Bat

Bowling Style

Legbreak Googly

Playing Role

Allrounder

RELATIONS

J Benaud

(brother)

Other

Commentator, Journalist, Author

TEAMS

Few cricketers have matured so gradually yet ripened so fruitfully as Richie Benaud. With little to show for his first six years in Test cricket, he blossomed as a fully fledged allrounder in South Africa in 1957-58, then flowered as a charismatic captain at home against England in 1958-59. He repossessed the Ashes, which his teams then successfully defended twice. As a legspinner, he was full of baits and traps, and he batted and fielded with verve. Yet it was his presence, as much as anything, which summoned the best from players: cool but communicative, he impressed as one to whom no event was unexpected, no contingency unplanned for. The same has applied to his journalism: terse, direct and commonsensical, and his broadcasting: mellow and authoritative. His wise head was sought by Kerry Packer in the formation of World Series Cricket in 1977, conferring respectability on the breakaway professional circuit. A guru to Ian Chappell and Shane Warne among others, he is perhaps the most influential cricketer and cricket personality since the Second World War.
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Career Averages
Batting & Fielding
FormatMatInnsNORunsHSAve100s50s6sCtSt
Test63977220112224.45398650
FC259365441171918736.5023612540
Bowling
FormatMatInnsBallsRunsWktsBBIBBMAveEconSR4w5w10w
Test631161910867042487/7211/10527.032.1077.016161
FC25960481233709457/1824.732.3164.0569
Richard Benaud
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Members of the Benaud family stand next to a statue of Richie Benaud
A tribute for Richie Benaud outside the SCG
Tributes pour in for Richie Benaud outside the SCG
Richie Benaud (second row, third from left), captain of his school's first XI
Richie Benaud's written piece for his his school magazine in 1944
Richie Benaud lookalikes at the SCG