The Richies, a group of Cricket fans dressed as former Australian Test Cricketer and Commentator Richie Benaud, watch play from the Adelaide Oval RoofClimb on Day One of the third Test between Australia and South Africa    Getty Images
The Richies, a group of Cricket fans dressed as former Australian Test Cricketer and Commentator Richie Benaud, watch play from the Adelaide Oval RoofClimb on Day One of the third Test between Australia and South Africa Getty Images

Richie Benaud is not just one of the best cricketers ever to have played the game, but also a legendary commentator. His style of commentary enthralled scores of fans over the years. In fact, it also made his loyal set of fans form a group in his honour. The Richies , a group of hardcore Benaud fans, watches the Test matches being played in Australia even today, despite the fact that Benaud is no more. What makes them special and makes us write about them is their attire. The Richies are dressed as Benaud everytime; wearing crisp suit, shirt and tie, shoes, wig & carry a large dummy microphone with Channel 9 boom on it.

The group has made a distinct identity for itself in Australia. It has a strict set of rules and pretty high entry barriers for the newcomers, as they are expected to maintain the highest standards in honour of the great man. The Richies have made news several times in the past. Recently, they made it to the headlines once again when they were present at the ongoing third and final Test between Australia and South Africa at Adelaide. The pink-ball day-night affair attracted a lot of Richie fans, who made it to the stadium and made their presence felt.

Some of the group members climbed up the RoofClimb at the Adelaide Oval during Day One of the third Test between the two teams. They were sitting at a high risk area but the view from there was phenomenal. The group enjoyed the Test from the best seat in the house and also paid homage to their revered cricketer Benaud.