Nobody described Cricket like Richie Benaud. It’s not only cricket but the things about cricket that make this game so endearing. Due to his association with the game for more than half a century, Richie had so many tales to tell and he did tell them succinctly, attractively and beautifully.
Impartiality has to be the hallmark of a commentator. Richie was every bit impartial, hence making him the most credible voice in World Cricket. His description of the events of his playing days and of the days as a commentator are equal in their gravity and intensity. You can easily visualize the events by reading through his description and that is what made him so special and admired. Once describing his commentary he said, “What is being shown on screen is visible to the viewer, I only speak to add something to what is visible and obvious”. When any great personality is lost, often people say that the loss is irreparable and irreplaceable; but most often someone comes along who makes the memory of the departed a little blurred. However, in case of Richie Benaud that seems unlikely because Richie is irreplaceable.
Read the book to feel the great game through the eyes of its most trusted conscience keeper who is unfortunately no more with us.