Former Australian captain and the best ever commentator to have graced the sport Richie Benaud, also known as the Voice of Cricket, has passed away last night in his sleep. He was 84 and was fighting from skin cancer apart from getting injured seriously during a car accident in 2013.

He has played 63 Tests from 1952 to 1964 in which he scored 2201 runs at an average of 24.45 and took 248 wickets at an average of 27.03. He was also the first player to score 2000 Test runs and take 200 Test wickets. After retiring in 1964, Benaud moved into commentary, first with the BBC in England and later moved to Australia’s Channel 9, in which he was the mainstay till 2013, when he announced that he was suffering from cancer.

Australian Prime Minister Tony Abbott tweeted A sad day for Australia. We have lost a cricketing champion and Australian icon. What an innings. RIP Richie Benaud. Later, he also spoke to Radio ABC, in which he said There would hardly be an Australian over the last 40 years who has not listened to Richie Benaud and who has not thrilled to his commentary or warmed to his character and personality. He was a very effective cricketer, a great captain, a great character and great personality. He has been a part of the lives of millions of Australians and he will certainly be very much missed.

Australian skipper Michael Clarke said My vintage, we grew up with that voice. He was a great player and a great captain. A wonderful leader of men and he continued that off the field. He loved winning. He helped the Australian team have the attitude where they wanted to win. He played the game the right way.