SYDNEY: Australian cricketer great Ian Chappell has said he is retiring from commentary after 45 colorful years behind the microphone.
The 78-year-old former drummer got into the media after captaining his country and was known for his outspoken opinions.
Chappell told the Sydney Morning Herald that stepping back from commentary has been on his mind for some time.
“I had a minor stroke a few years ago and I was lucky but that makes everything harder,” said Chappell, who made his Test debut in 1964 and played 75 times. , the newspaper.
“And I just thought with all the traveling and climbing stairs and things like that, everything was going to get harder.”
Chappell said he took note of comments from recently retired veteran rugby league commentator Ray Warren.
“He said, ‘You’re always one sentence closer to making a mistake,'” Chappell added.
The Australian Broadcasting Corporation said Chappell “commented with a terse tone, but became known for his outspoken opinions on everything from batting technique to how the sport was governed.”
Chappell said he didn’t care how people would remember him.
“It’s up to others what they think of me and some will think I’m fine,” he told the Herald.
“Some people will think I’ve been an asshole. I don’t mind at all.