Tony Greig, Richie Benaud, Ravi Shastri: These cricketers turned commentators

Updated: Oct 04, 2019, 15:19 | Shawn.Dsouza
  • Tony Greig, Richie Benaud, Ravi Shastri: These cricketers turned commentators

    Tony Greig was an England Test cricket captain turned commentator. Born in South Africa, Greig qualified to play for the English national team by virtue of his Scottish parentage. He was a tall (6 feet 6 inches or 1.98 metres) batting all-rounder who bowled both medium pace and off spin. Greig was captain of England from 1975 to 1977, and captained Sussex.

    Tony Greig played 58 Tests scoring 8 centuries for England. 

    Tony Greig began to have severe bouts of coughing in May 2012; initially bronchitis was diagnosed. After undergoing tests a small malignant lesion was found in his right lung. He was diagnosed with lung cancer in October 2012. He underwent an operation for the cancer in November and the same month was quoted as telling colleagues at the Nine Network that "It's not good. The truth is I've got lung cancer. Now it's a case of what they can do."

    Tony Greig died at St Vincent's Hospital in Sydney on 29 December 2012 after going into cardiac arrest following a suspected heart attack. He was 66.


  • Richie Benaud

    Benaud was a former Australian cricketer who represented New South Wales before playing for Australia in 1952. He scored 2,201 runs in his 63 Tests with an average of 24.45 and a highest score of 122. He has 3 Test hundreds and 9 fifties. Benaud was also a well-known first-class cricketer. He is considered to be amongst the most classic commentators of all time.

  • Navjot Singh Sidhu

    As a cricketer, Sidhu tasted moderate success and was rarely in the limelight. Since joining the mike brigade though, he has constantly grabbed eyeballs. He has as many critics as fans due to his erratic approach to commentary

  • Sunil Gavaskar

    After 10000 Test runs and 34 hundreds, Sunny made a successful transition to the microphone, and remains among the most popular Indian commentators

  • Geoffrey Boycott

    With over 8000 Test runs and 22 hundreds, Boycott is regarded as one of the finest openers the game has produced. Post retirement, he has become an effervescent commentator

  • Ravi Shastri

    An all-rounder who exceeded his limited potential, Shastri began off as a much-loved commentator, but over the years his charisma has disappeared owing to his stagnant style

  • Michael Holding

    'Whispering Death' as he was referred to during his playing days, Holding was among the most fearsome fast bowlers in the world in the 80s. Behind the mike though he is as gentle as the guy next door

  • Rameez Raja

    Even though the former Pakistan captain couldn'™t fulfil his full potential as a batsman, he has been an articulate voice of the game for over a decade now

  • Ian Chappell

    An astute captain during his playing days, Chappell was also a highly capable batsman, averaging 42 in 75 Tests. As a commentator, he is regarded as a highly respected voice on the game. Pic (left) Getty Images

  • Arun Lal

    He is a former Indian cricketer who represented Bengal and Delhi at a domestic level but played only 16 Tests and ODIs for India. His domestic record boasted of over 10,000 runs, a top score of 287 and a healthy average of 46.94. As a commentator though he has made a name for himself with interesting remarks

  • Dean Jones

    The man who redefined one-day cricket, walking down the pitch to fast bowlers and running like a hare between the wickets, Jones has gone on to become a moderately successful commentator

  • David Gower

    Arguably the most elegant player of his time, who scored over 8000 Test runs with 18 tons, Gower has gone on to establish himself as an equally soothing voice in the commentary box

  • Sanjay Manjrekar

    While his potential as a batsman remained unfulfilled at the top level, Manjrekar is making a good impression as a thoughtful voice on the game

  • Ian Botham

    One of the greatest all-rounders the world has ever produced, the Englishman led his side to numerous memorable wins during the 80s. Botham has remained a highly popular commentator, particularly in England, in his post-retirement days

  • Danny Morrison

    A hard working fast bowler, who led the New Zealand attack for a decade, Morrison has won fans owing to his charming and 'happy-go-lucky' styled commentary

  • Ian Bishop

    As a West Indian fast bowler, he grabbed over 100 wickets in Tests and ODIs. Unfortunately, constant injury brought his career to a premature end. He is now a respected commentator

  • Nasser Hussain

    A moderately successful English skipper, Hussain has made a name for himself as an analyst who speaks his mind

  • Robin Jackman

    Born in Shimla, Punjab during British India era, this seamer who was also nicknamed 'Shoreditch sparrow' played 4 Tests and 15 ODIs. Undergoing treatment for cancer since 2012, Jackman is a prolific commentator and is also part of the commentary team for the IPL.

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Late cricketers-turned-commentators Tony Greig and Richie Benaud share their birth anniversaries on October 6. On this day, we list out some prolific cricketers who later on turned to commentary after retiring from the game

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