Richie Benaud Retires!

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The King Commentator, the number one thing

Breaking News: Richie Benaud, the voice of cricket for nearly half a century, has revealed his intention to retire from all cricket commentary in a radio interview on 2GB with Chris Smith.

Chris Smith: Question for you Richie, you line up year after year, season after season.. you’re not sick of it yet?
Richie Benaud: Oh no, I love it. When you get a season like we’ve just had, well that is absolutely terrific. Ah, I’ve still got one year of contract with Channel 9 to go, I’ll be doing Australian television next year 2010, but I don’t do any television at all anywhere else now, and when I finish next year then I’ll be doing other things, but that will be no more television commentary
CS: You’ll retire at the end of next year.. Next Season?
RB: Well, I’ll retire from television commentary, what else I do is another matter. Daphne and I work as hard as anyone works, and we have a lot of fun as well so I anticipate keeping on working. I can’t think what it would be like not to work.
CS: Um yeah, I can imagine, knowing you the way we do

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6 Responses to Richie Benaud Retires!

  1. Jeff Atkinson says:

    I’ve been reading along for a while now. I just wanted to drop you a comment to say keep up the good work.

  2. martin v says:

    Richie is a one off. A perfect gentleman and an outstanding commontater.He is the best of his generation. I remember his words of wisdom when i was playing back in the 1970′s

  3. gagger says:

    All hail the great Richie! All hail!

    gagger’s last blog post..Can the Force get over the Blues?

  4. westius says:

    Love that photo….

    This news saddens me, not so much because Ritchie is retiring, but because of the bunch of commentators he’s leaving behind. I think Ritchie is pretty good – he’s a bit like Bert Newton – they both look a bit like frogs, they’re old blokes in the TV industry and I don’t completely understand their appeal, but they’re pretty good at what they do. I like Ritchie as he doesn’t over-commentate like so many of his colleagues – doesn’t pretend to know why the ball deviated at 11.3 degrees off a crack, as opposed to some others like Ian Chappelle or Mark Nicholas who try to wow us with their knowledge. I love the non-stop natter or cricket radio commentary, but on TV, I love the sound of the crowd, the leather on willow, the Channel 9 cricket theme song – not the commentators! Ritchie never said more than he needed to, and when he did say something, it contributed.

    And another thing, whilst we’re ranting, why is it that the commentators throughout the Twenty20 commentary have to continually tell us how good it is, how it’s such a different game, how kids bring their parents along yadda yadda yadda. We know! That’s why we’re watching it!

    I’d like to see James Brayshaw do more cricket – he’s big in Victoria, has some insight and is interesting to listen to. But for some reason he’s hosting the new Channel 9 show “WipeOut” – it beats me how a modern-day version of “It’s a knock-out” got through a programmers’ meeting, but anyway… Brayshaw would be much better than some of the others – you can pretty much bet against anything Healy says. If he says in his monotone that Bracken is going to try and bowl a yorker, Bracken will bowl a bouncer. If he says Ponting is due for a big score, call up John the bookie and put $10 on him for under 10 runs. As for Mark Nicholas, well, he’s OK, but surely if I can be patriotic its on this blog – does Channel 9 really need to pay Nicholas to come out to Aus for 6 months of each year chasing the summer, simply to hear his Westminster accent? Not that he’s bad, he’s quite good, but there are certainly better commentators in Australia. As for Michael Slater – as a batsman, he was great – fearless, exciting, as was his personality back then. Nowadays he’s clearly been through a few too many media-training courses for Sunday morning TV.

    I’ll miss Ritchie and I think we’ll feel his void when he’s gone.

    On another topic close to this here blog’s heart, and whilst I’m ranting, I am quite enjoying Under Belly. I missed the first series as I was overseas, but this one seems good, although don’t you think it seems a little bit like Aussie actors playing dress-up? Oooh there’s Peter O’Brien with grey hair, oooh there’s Sam Johnson with some 70s fashion, oh look it’s Matt Newton trying to look dodgy but nothing much like Terry Clark, oh and over there there’s Roy Billing playing, well, Roy Billing! Actually, he’s pretty good. But as mentioned on highly esteemed blogs associated with this one, it’s not the Aussie actors dressing up that’s popular, more the kiwis dressing down….

    Really should do some work now….

    westius’s last blog post..The words of 2008

  5. Kym says:

    Which one’s Daphne?

  6. Moses says:

    Daphne Benaud – Richie’s wife..