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Before he was a commentator, Richie Benaud was a shrewd captain and an ace legspinner, as he showed in the famous Old Trafford Test of 1961



  • POSTED BY IFTIKHAR on | May 24, 2015, 10:28 GMT

    I never saw Benaud play but remember his shrewd and practical commentary.From all evidence he was a positive captain always wanting to win.In later years Ian Chappell i think took a leaf from his book when he became captain.Benaud as a private person i had the good fortune to catch a glimpse at Lord's.A very cultured and humane person by all means.RIP.

  • POSTED BY JAYARAMAN on | May 22, 2015, 0:53 GMT

    If one remembes correctly, Trueman was dropped for the next test supposaedly for the footmarks

  • POSTED BY Albert on | May 21, 2015, 18:13 GMT

    Great player. Even better commentator

  • POSTED BY Richard on | May 21, 2015, 14:53 GMT

    In one of his books Freddie Trueman points out that they were Jack Flavell's footmarks because he (Fred) didn't bowl at that end.

  • POSTED BY JAYARAMAN on | May 21, 2015, 14:38 GMT

    In that match Benaud bowled round the wicket at a higher pace for a slow bowler to utlilise the footmarks created by Truman. A critic called this a bluff mentioning except Peter May others were out due to their mental approach. In any case, one should appreciate Benaud's captaincy and tactics - psychological and otherwise.

  • POSTED BY aziz on | May 21, 2015, 14:31 GMT

    Richie Benauld was truly a great cricketer. He captained Australia in the tied-test against West Indies in 1962. He retired from test cricket in his prime and became the longest serving expert cricket commentator, the best that cricket has produced.