Beauty Richie Benaud commentary moments

Last updated 11:41 27/08/2014
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Never short of an opinion, or some dry wit, here are 10 top comments from cricket icon Richie Benaud.

Richie Benaud on the underarm delivery

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Richie Benaud has never been short of opinion nor hesitated to use his dry wit during his long innings at the cricket microphone.

He'd be sorely missed on the Channel Nine commentary team; so much so the TV network boss has asked him to call matches from home if he's not well enough to go to the ground.

Here are some gems that have helped make him the voice of summer across the Tasman and the voice of cricket around the world.

"I think it was a disgraceful performance from a captain who got his sums wrong today .. it should never be permitted to happen again ... one of the worst things I have ever seen done on a cricket field." - On the infamous underarm delivery against New Zealand.

"Gatting has absolutely no idea what has happened to it ... still doesn't know." - On Shane Warne's ball of the century to dismiss England's Mike Gatting.

"Symonds was a bit unlucky - he went the wrong way." - On Andrew Symonds flooring a streaker with a shoulder charge straight out of State of Origin.

"And Glenn McGrath dismissed for two, just ninety-eight runs short of his century."

"He's not quite got hold of that one. If he had, it would have gone for nine" - On Justin Langer hitting a massive six.

"The slow-motion replay doesn't show how fast the ball was really travelling."

"Captaincy is 90 per cent luck and 10 per cent skill. But don't try it without that 10 per cent.''

"From our broadcasting box you can't see any grass at all. It is simply a carpet of humanity."

"Let's just say that at 74 I'm in the mindset that, having been free-to-air, I want to stay free-to-air."

"I think I'll leave it at that."

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