The World famous Australian cricket commentator, and former Australian leg-spinner,
Richie Benaud is struggling to be fit for Australia's series against India in the upcoming summer down under.
Benaud has been struggling with the injuries he sustained in a car crash towards the
end of last year. The injuries he suffered to his chest and shoulder are still hindering Benaud and may put in jeopardy his quest to travel to the grounds.
The 83-year-old legend began broadcasting for BBC Radio in 1960 before moving to
BBC Television in 1963. In 1964 Benaud became a full-time commentator following his retirement from Test cricket.
Since then he has become an icon in the commentary box in both England and Australia.
However, due to his car crash last year he was unable to commentate on any of the Australia-England series and his absence was definitely missed.
After retiring from commentating in England in 2005 Benaud has continued to commentate in Australia for Channel Nine. However, his career in Australia looks seriously in doubt if he fails to recover enough from his crash injuries.
Commentating from home a possibility?
Channel Nine's chief executive David Gyngell spoke to the Sydney Morning Herald and talked about the possibility of Benaud commentating from his home if he cannot appear
at the grounds.
"That's what I've put to him," Gyngell told reporters. "If he's not up to calling from the ground this summer, I'd like him to call from home. He'd be the ultimate armchair caller from the couch, wouldn't he?
"I'd prefer to have him calling at the ground, but I would say that will be difficult. If I have my way, he will be calling it from his home but it is completely his decision."
Clearly Benaud is important to Channel Nine otherwise they wouldn't even be considering
alternative options. Which other commentator would be given such treatment?
Benaud is not only a legendary commentator he is also a former Australian captain and
hugely successful leg-spinner.
Benaud took 248 Test wickets in just 63 Test matches and captained Australia on 28
Let's hope Benaud recovers from his injuries soon as his commentary skills and his
character are sorely missed in the cricketing world.