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78-Year-old ex-Australia captain Ian Chappell ends his commentary career after 45 years

Ian Michael Chappell is a former cricketer who played for South Australia and Australia. Now after 45 years, Ian Chappell has decided to retire from Cricket commentary. He was part of a quartet of commentators, which I think will remain unmatched.

By Ruchi Upadhyay 
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New Delhi: Breaking news coming from sports industry where formerThere is news about former Australian cricket team captain Ian Chappell that he has decided to stop his long commentary career. Ian Chappell, 78, was the dominant voice of the commentary box and for nearly 40 years expressed his valuable opinion on several cricket shows. Ian Chappell believes this is the right time to retire from commentary. Chappell had said goodbye to cricket in 1977 and then jumped into commentary.

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Chappell became a part of a distinctive voices team that backgrounded broadcasts of Australian cricket for more than three decades, alongside Richie Benaud, Bill Lawry and Tony Greig.

“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,’ ESPNcricinfo quoted Ian Chappell as saying.

“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.

Before entering the commentary box he represented Australia in 75 Test matches – 30 of them as captain.

“Kerry [Packer, the media mogul who owned Channel Nine] wanted to sack me a couple of times,” Chappell said.

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“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 would he 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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