A tribute to Richie Benaud and a celebration of his life
A compilation of the very best writing from Richie’s books, along with the best tributes and obituaries from those who knew and worked with him. As a player, Richie was one of the greatest of cricket’s all-rounders. As a commentator and thinker on the game he became the leading figure of his generation.
As a man he was revered by cricket’s multitude of followers and as a friend he was both loved and admired by his close circle of friends. This celebratory book brings together the best of Richie’s writing on a range of subjects from his love of cricket as a child to his all time XIs; from his thoughts on T20 to insight into his family life, along with his most loved sayings and best known pieces of commentary. All perfectly complemented with tributes from his friends and colleagues.
Richard "Richie" Benaud, OBE (6 October 1930 – 10 April 2015) was an Australian cricketer who, after his retirement from international cricket in 1964, became a highly regarded commentator on the game.
Benaud was a Test cricket all-rounder, blending leg spin bowling with lower-order batting aggression. Along with fellow bowling all-rounder Alan Davidson, he helped restore Australia to the top of world cricket in the late 1950s and early 1960s after a slump in the early 1950s. In 1958 he became Australia's Test captain until his retirement in 1964. He became the first player to reach 200 wickets and 2,000 runs in Test cricket, arriving at that milestone in 1963.
Gideon Haigh described him as "perhaps the most influential cricketer and cricket personality since the Second World War."In his review of Benaud's autobiography Anything But, Sri Lankan cricket writerHarold de Andrado wrote: "Richie Benaud possibly next to Sir Don Bradman has been one of the greatest cricketing personalities as player, researcher, writer, critic, author, organiser, adviser and student of the game."