Cape Town - Cricketers took to social media to send their condolences to former Australia captain Richie Benaud after he died at the age of 84.
Former South African top-order batsman Herschelle Gibbs tweeted:
Australia's World Cup winning captain Michael Clarke posted this tribute on Instagram:
Former Australian spinner Shane Warne also posted a wonderful tribute on Instagram:
Dear Richie, I've known you & Daphne for close to 30 years & to everyone you were a legend on all levels & rightly so too. As a cricketer, commentator & as a person, you were the best there's ever been & to top it off, an absolute gentleman... For me it was an honour & a privilege to call you a close friend & mentor, we had so many wonderful times together, talking cricket & in particular, our love & passion of leg spin bowling. I will cherish our entertaining dinners & all the fun times we shared over a long period of time. I would also like to thank you & Daphne for all your support & time you made for me as a young cricketer & leg spin bowler trying to make his way as an 18 year old, your tips & advice along the journey meant so much !!! Richie, you were loved by everyone, not just the cricket family, you were the godfather of cricket & you will be missed by all... R.I.P my friend #hero #BowledRichie
Australian coach Darren Lehmann posted a tribute on Twitter:
The International Cricket Council (ICC) paid tribute to the Hall of Fame icon on Twitter: