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Ian Chappell calls time on commentary career after 45 years

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Australian cricketing veteran Ian Chappell has decided to call it quits after 45 years of breathtaking commentary. The 78-year-old former captain of Australia is renowned worldwide for his insightful opinions on the game. He is also applauded for his precise style of communication.

Chappell along with Richie Benaud, Bill Lawry, and Tony Greig became a member of the unique voices team. They provided the background for Australian cricket broadcasts for more than three decades. Before entering the commentary box he represented Australia in 75 Test matches – 30 of them as captain.

“I remember the day when I knew I’d had enough of playing cricket. I looked at the clock and it was five past 11 on a day of play and I thought, ‘S**t, if you’re clock-watching at that time, I have to go,” Ian Chappell said.

”So when it comes to commentary, I’ve been thinking about it. I had a minor stroke a few years back and I got off lucky. But it just makes everything harder. And I just thought with all the travel and, you know, walking upstairs and things like that, it’s all just going to get harder,” he added.

“Then I read what Rabbits [legendary rugby league commentator Ray Warren] said with retirement and it really struck home when I read the bit where he said, ‘you’re always one sentence closer to making a mistake,” Chappell further added.

“Kerry [Packer, the media mogul who owned Channel Nine] wanted to sack me a couple of times,” Chappell said. “He used to get the s***s about one-day cricket because that was his baby. And I might have said something about one-day cricket. With Kerry it was just like a storm – you’d let it blow over till the next one came,” he added.

Talking about what he would like to be remembered as a commentator, Chappell replied: “It’s up to other people to decide what they think of me and some will think I’ve been all right. Some will think I’ve been a pr**k. That doesn’t bother me one bit.”

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Pratik Pathak
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