A tribute to an Australian cricket legend made for quite a scene in Sydney on Monday morning (Sunday evening U.S. time).
Precisely 501 fans dressed as former Aussie cricket star player and announcer Richie Benaud, in honor of the first match played at his home stadium since he died in April.
The Daily Telegraph explained how they came up with that number.
Group founder Michael Hennessy, 37, said the number of Richies for the day was capped at 501 in honour of the combination of Benaud’s 190 Test number, his 63 Test matches and his 248 wickets.
“This is the first one at Richie’s home ground since he passed away so we wanted to make this the best we could in terms of honouring him,” Hennessy said. “This will be the most we’ve ever had.”
Of course they also went to a local bar for some beers before the 10 a.m. scheduled start and sang some songs that must be funny if you know anything about cricket (which I clearly do not).
I have no idea what’s happening here but I’m still jealous I couldn’t go.
- Dan Gartland