As he matured, his walnut-brown crumbled face to camera resembled an extension of the baggy-green cap as a symbol of Australian cricket.
Obituaries this week made comparisons with other cricketers and commentators.
He is ranked with his compatriot Bradman for influencing the success of Australian cricket. Similarities have been notedwith Mike Brearley for his astute captaincy, with John Arlott as a warm and empathic commentator, and with Geoff Boycott, (without the spiky narcissism) as a reader of the game.
Comparisons may help a little in our understanding of his achievements and facets of his personality. They can do little more. Richie Benaud the man remains incomparable.