Former Australian captain and famous commentator Ian Chappell has decided to say goodbye to cricket commentary after holding the mic for almost 45 long years. Along with Richie Benaud, Bill Lawry and Tony Greig, Chappell formed the famous commentary team of channel 9 for a long period of time captivating the listeners with their knowledge of the game . Chappell was diagnosed with skin cancer in 2019 and took five months to recover from the disease.
According to the Sydney Morning Herald, Chappell said, “I was thinking about this when it came to commentary. A few years ago I got sick but was lucky to recover from it. But now things are getting difficult and I thought so many trips and things like climbing stairs are getting difficult for me now.’
Chappell said, ‘Then I read what the Rabbits (rugby league commentator Ray Warren) had to say about retirement and it resonated with me. He said that you are only one sentence away from making a mistake.’
Chappell is now 78 years old. Two of his quartlet of the famous four, Richie Benaud and Tony Greig has already passed away last decade while Bill Lawry is still alive . Ian Chappell was a great batsman during his playing days and scored 5345 runs in Test cricket as the top-order batsman between 1964 and 1980. He also captained Australia in 30 Test matches. He also played 30 ODIs and became a highly celebrated commentator after retiring from cricket. Chappell’s knowledge of the game and his commentary along with his other 3 esteemed colleagues became a part of Australian cricket folklore for ages . Indian cricket fans enjoyed the live telecasts of the cricket matches in Australia during the winters in early morning hours since the 1980s when the famous quartlet used to enthrall with their commentary .