Jai Thoolen

Richie Benaud: The Greatest

While Australia Day has become a subject of much divisiveness in recent times, at the Pinch Hitters we believe their isn’t much more Australian than a long weekend and celebrating great Aussie sporting greats On this Australia Day, Jai Thoolen has penned a tribute to a true blue Aussie Icon. The Soundtrack of summer for generations of Australian. Richie Benaud.

Richie Benaud was the greatest.
As were all the things he’d do,
And I still remember fondly,
His famous ‘Tchoo for tchwenty tchoo’.

And he was THE voice of cricket.
You knew summer had begun,
When you heard him on your telly,
And you hoped our Aussies won.

He has raised each generation,
And I could nearly guarantee,
That you learned at least a thing or two,
‘Cause I know what he taught me.

Richie is an Aussie icon.
His loss could bring a man to tears.
But I reckon we were lucky,
To have had him all those years.

Richie’s life was dedicated,
To the game we know and love,
And he’s surely playin’ cricket,
In the great test match above.

One where Tony Greig is captain,
Of the Poms of cricket’s past.
Don Bradman’s batting brilliantly,
And Fred Trueman’s bowling fast.

Richie Benaud was the greatest,
And his like we’ll never see.
But he’s still there playing cricket,
Up in heaven’s S.C.G…

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