Top 10 Richie Benaud quotes

2015-04-10 14:23
Richie Benaud (Getty Images)

Cape Town - Former Australian player and the "voice of cricket" in the commentary box, Richie Benaud, passed away on Friday at age 84.

Benaud will be remembered for a number of memorable quotes, not least of which, these 10...

“Captaincy is 90 percent luck and 10 percent skill, But don’t try it without that 10 percent.”

“And Glenn McGrath dismissed for two, just 98 runs short of his century.”

“Put your brain into gear and if you can add to what’s on the screen then do it, otherwise shut up.”

“Gatting has absolutely no idea what has happened to it. Still doesn’t know. He asked (umpire) Kenny Palmer on the way out. Kenny Palmer just gave him a raised eyebrow and a little nod.”

“He’s usually a good puller – but he couldn’t get it up that time.”

“Let me tell you what I think about it: I think it was a disgraceful decision by a captain who got his sums wrong today.”

“My every waking moment was spent working out how to win cricket matches. Now I suddenly find that around the cricket world there are bastards who spend every waking moment working out how to lose cricket matches.”

“The key thing was to learn the value of economy with words and to never insult the viewer by telling them what they can already see.”

“The hallmark of a great captain is the ability to win the toss, at the right time.”

“A boy, just beginning, 25 years of age, baggy green number 408. His father’s best mate, son, brother, fighter, friend, inspiration... Phillip Hughes, forever rest in peace, son.”

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