New Delhi: The BCCI today extended its condolences to the family and friends of Richie Benaud terming him as “one of the greatest leg-spinners and an astute captain to have led Australia” and someone who carried himself with “grace and dignity”.
“Renowned as one of the greatest leg-spinners and an astute captain to have led Australia, Richie Benaud was a fine example of a highly competitive sportsman who carried himself with dignity and grace, on and off the field,” BCCI secretary Anurag Thakur was quoted as saying in a press release.
“Indian cricket remembers his exploits on Australia’s first tour of India in 1956-57, which was dominated by spinners, and Richie Benaud emerged as a clear winner, claiming 23 wickets in three Tests.
“He continued his mesmerising spells on the tour to India in 1959-60, leaving an indelible impression of his abilities in the land of spin bowling,” the release further stated.
Thakur also spoke about his stint as a media pundit which earned him plaudits all across the globe.
“Post retirement, he brought forth the nuances of the game to fans across the world, as a columnist and broadcaster, whose opinions were highly regarded.”
“This is a big loss to all the fans of the game across the world and Australia in particular, and on behalf of the BCCI and the Indian cricketing fraternity, I pray to God to rest his soul in peace,” BCCI secretary said.
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