Michael Clarke, Steven Smith, Shane Watson, George Bailey, Ricky Ponting and other Australian cricketers paid tribute to voice of cricket Richie Benaud, who passed away at the age of 84 earlier in the year ,by imitating some of his famous lines when the latter ruled the commentary box. It was Benaud’s distinctive voice that provided a moving tribute to Test cricketer Phillip Hughes, who died when struck by a bouncer last November. Benaud finished his narration with a poignant “forever, rest in peace, son,” reported AFP. His final stint on commentary was in England during the 2005 Ashes Series. READ: Richie Benaud: A great all-rounder and the voice of cricket

he former Australia captain, who was the first player to score 2,000 runs and take 200 wickets, went on to become a commentator with media organizations such as BBC, and later Nine Network, in a career that spanned nearly five decades, which earned him the honour of being referred to as the “Voice of Cricket”. He announced his battle against skin cancer in November last year, which came as a shock to the cricket fraternity.
Also, he was a legspinner and aggressive batsman and Benaud’s 248 wickets made him Australia’s leading Test bowler of all time when he retired in 1964, having also never lost a series in which he was captain.