Former Australian captain and legendary broadcaster Richie Benaud, also known as the Voice of Cricket, passed away last night in his sleep. He was 84 and was fighting with skin cancer apart from getting seriously injured during a car accident in 2013.

Richie played 63 Tests for Australia and his team never lost a series in which he was the captain. After retiring in 1964, Benaud pursued a career in journalism and broadcasting, 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. 

There would hardly be an Australian over the last 40 years who has not listened to Richie Benaud and who was not thrilled to his commentary or warmed to his character and personality. Here is how twitter bids farewell to legend with misty eyes: 

 

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