Richie Benaud and the Sound of Silence

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It turns out that the last occasion on which the cricket public heard Richie Benaud was the 30-second tribute he delivered in honor of the late Phillip Hughes, played at Adelaide Oval before the First Test between Australia and India in December 2014. Benaud summed Hughes up in a few, well-chosen words, with a paternally warm concluding sentiment: “Rest in peace, son.” This somehow reflected his relationship with cricket. When you heard it from Benaud, it felt official, credible, true — even in the ghastliest circumstances.

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