SYDNEY: The former Australia cricket captain and commentator Richie Benaud, who played 63 Test matches, died at the age of 84 after battling with skin cancer.
According to the reports, the legendary cricket commentator, who was receiving radiation treatment for skin cancer since November, died peacefully in his sleep in a Sydney hospice.
The Pre-eminent TV commentator was forced to withdraw from his media duties after suffering a cracked sternum and shoulder injuries in a car crash in October, 2013.
He played 63 Tests for his country and he was the first player, who scored 200 Test runs and took 200 wickets.
After taking retirement from the Cricket, Benaud became a commentary icon initially with the BBC in England and later in Australia.
In November, Benaud announced that he was suffering from skin cancer.
Expressing his grief, Australian test captain Michael Clarke said, “It was really a sad day. Benaud was a gentleman who played cricket in the right spirit. He was a great player and a great captain,” adding he loved winning. He helped the Australian team have the attitude where they wanted to win.
Australia Prime Minister Tony Abbott expressed his grief on his death, saying “He certainly will be very, very much missed.”
(With Agency Inputs)