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Richie Benaud

Cricketer and Commentator Richie Benaud

Profession: Cricketer and Commentator


Biography: The first player to reach 200 wickets and 2,000 runs in Test cricket, he has been described as the most influential cricket personality since World War II.

Born: October 6, 1930
Birthplace: Sydney, New South Wales, Australia

Generation: Silent Generation
Chinese Zodiac: Horse
Star Sign: Libra

Died: April 10, 2015 (aged 84)

Married Life

  • 1953-01-15 Cricketer Richie Benaud (22) weds Marcia Lavender at the Wesley Church in Sydney, Australia
  • 1967-07-26 Australian cricket captain and broadcaster Richie Benaud (35) weds second wife Daphne Surfleet in London

Historical Events

  • 1952-01-25 Test debut of great Australian cricket captain (62 Tests) and broadcaster Richie Benaud, v West Indies at the SCG
  • 1961-08-01 Australian cricket captain Richie Benaud takes 6 for 70 in England's 2nd innings for a 54 run 4th Test win at Old Trafford
  • 1964-02-12 End of Richie Benaud's 63-Test cricket career in drawn 5th Test v South Africa in Sydney