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Notable quotes from cricketer Richie Benaud, who died Friday

April 10, 2015

SYDNEY (AP) — Some notable quotes from former Australia cricket captain and television commentator Richie Benaud, who died Friday at the age of 84 (source: Australian Associated Press):

On commentary:

— “My mantra is: put your brain into gear and if you can add to what’s on the screen then do it, otherwise shut up.”

— “The key thing was to learn the value of economy with words and to never insult the viewer by telling them what they can already see.”

On the captaincy:

— “Captaincy is 90 percent luck and 10 percent skill. But don’t try it without that 10 percent.”

On mimics:

— “The only thing that annoys me about that is if I suddenly find someone on commercial radio or something like that, mimicking my voice or actions and trying to promote a product and pretending it’s me doing it.”

His humor:

— “And Glenn McGrath dismissed for two, just 98 runs short of his century.”

— “There was a slight interruption there for athletics” (referring to a streaker at Lord’s).

— “The slow-motion replay doesn’t show how fast the ball was really travelling.”

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