It is widely believed by many cricket followers that former Australian captain Ian Chappell knows all about cricket and what he doesn’t know is probably not worth knowing. And when he recently announced his retirement from cricket commentary after 45 years behind the microphone (he started commenting in 1977), it was widely believed that the game and his fans of him would be deprived of a vocal and sagacious expert. .
Although 42 years have passed since he played the last of his 75 trials (February 1980), the eldest of the three Chappell brothers, known for being a gaming intellectual, has not lost his acuity in reading the game. Along with the likes of Tony Greig, Richie Benaud and Bill Lawry, Chappell was one of the most distinctive voices Channel Nine and highly regarded as one of the best in the cricket commentary industry.
Greg Chappell, Ian’s brother, said Ian was not only entertaining with his commentary, but also superlatively informative and brought the same elements of attraction and aggression that he displayed on the pitch as a player and captain, in the comment box.


File Pic: Ian Chappell (L) and Jim Maxwell comment during a Test match. (Getty Images)
“Ian was the best captain I have ever played or seen with. A very insightful man, who not only played cricket attractively and aggressively, to win, but managed to instill that attitude in his teammates, which , to this day, they are loyal and extremely fond of him “, Greg, former captain of Australia and coach of India, who founded The Chappell Foundation along with Sydney-based NRI businessman Darshak Mehta, he told TOI on Saturday.
Greg’s older and younger brothers Ian and Trevor support the foundation’s activities wholeheartedly and participate in its fundraisers. The foundation has so far raised over A $ 4 million to tackle homeless youth in Australia.


Greg Chappell (Getty Images)
“He (Ian) brought that same perception to the broadcast and media box, where his reading and summary of match situations and player ratings were always insightful. Combined with phenomenal memory, Ian was always fun to readily recall. past episodes, scores and stats and emphasizing their relevance. We will miss them very much … Truly, it’s the end of an era, “Greg Chappell told TOI.

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