Richie Benaud was made an Officer of the Order of the British Empire in 1961 © Getty Images
Richie Benaud was made an Officer of the Order of the British Empire in 1961 © Getty Images

Richie Benaud’s tragic demise at the age of 84 left the cricket fraternity in a sudden pall of gloom. The former Australian skipper, who represented his nation in 63 Tests, passed away after battling against skin cancer, the news of which he had broken to the public in November last year.

Benaud, one of the most iconic cricket commentators of all time, was the first cricketer to score 2,000 runs and 200 wickets. He has been regarded as one of Australia’s best captains ever, winning 12, drawing 11, losing four and tying one during his captaincy, not losing a single series during his tenure. He however, cemented his legacy with the microphone, commentating for BBC shortly after retirement.

Following are nine videos that capture Benaud’s legacy over the course of his existence:

1. Richie Benaud’s guidance for budding leg-spinners:

 

2. A glimpse at the last three decades of international cricket with Benaud:

 

 3.Richie Benaud pays tribute to Tony Greig:

4. Benaud gets inducted into the Hall of Fame during the 2007 Allan Border Medal Ceremony:

5. Sachin Tendulkar the best since Don Bradman, says Richie Benaud:

6. Benaud’s final stint as commentator:

7. BBQ at Richie Benaud’s house on Australia Day:

8. Australian players imitate Richie Benaud:

His refreshing commentary, which often consisted of witty one-liners, made him the “Voice of Cricket”. What also made him special was his ability to take firm stand on an issue and voice his opinion out without any hindrance, as was the case during the infamous ‘Underarm incident’ at the Melbourne Cricket Ground in 1981.