Picture of Richie Benaud

Richie Benaud

Batting style:
Right Handed bat
Bowling style:
Leg break googly
Played for:
Roles played:
Ex Skipper-Test | AllRounder
Home country:
October 06, 1930, Penrith, New South Wales


When Geoffrey Boycott recently commented on how Test matches have become boring, and are getting affected by the whole T20 circus, a deadpan Benaud commented, “Who made them boring?” This was the kind of terse, but commonsensical commentary that Richie Benaud is very famous for, something that makes him stand out from the crowd. But even before he started out as a commentator, Benaud was an excellent leg spinner, who picked up his 248 wickets at 27 apiece, a more than useful batsman down the order who scored 2201 runs, but most importantly, an astute captain who encouraged positive cricket as was evident by the 1960-61 Test series against West Indies.

As a spinner, he did not spin the ball a lot, but it was his disconcerting bounce that caused trouble for all the batsmen. But it was first as a captain, and then later after retirement as a commentator, that Benaud assumed a huge figure. He became a full time journalist cum commentator after retirement, in 1963. His career with the Channel Four as a commentator ended after 42 years of service, in 2005. Currently he continues to commentate for the Channel Nine in Australia.

It was a combination of all these qualities that made him very sought after by Kerry Packer for World Series of Cricket. And by each of us who enjoy a good, insightful dose of commentary.


  Matches Innings Runs NO Avg. SR 100's 50's HS
Test 63 97 2201 7 24.45 - 3 9 122
  Matches Innings Balls Runs Wickets BBI BBM Avg. Econ. 4w 5w 10w Extras
Test 63 116 19108 6704 248 7/72 / 27.03 2.10 16 16 1 0
  Catches Stumpings Runouts
Test 65 0 0
  Matches Won Lost Tie No Result Win percentage
Test 28 12 4 1 11 42.86


Australia Vs West Indies at Sydney Cricket Ground (SCG), Sydney - Jan 25, 1952
Last played:
Australia Vs South Africa at Sydney Cricket Ground (SCG), Sydney - Feb 07, 1964