The Reuters global sports blog
In the Australian summer of 1982 Richie Benaud was approached by “a fair-haired angelic little lad of about 12″.
“Did you ever play cricket for Australia, Mr Benaud?” the cherub asked.
Benaud, a dashing all-rounder and one of Australia’s great captains, recalled he had not known whether to laugh or cry. “I did neither but merely said yes,” he replied.
A generation later, Benaud’s playing days have slipped further into obscurity. When he retires from television commentary in a year’s time, it will have been 46 years since he last stepped on to the field in a test match.