Murray Walker: A legend with effervescent enthusiasm

Walker’s secret was that he was genuinely in love with the sport, and he never lost the child-like joy he felt at being able to commentate on it. They were very different characters, and initially Walker disapproved of both Hunt’s approach and lifestyle. And Walker once told this writer that he resolutely refused to let Hunt see his laboriously researched commentary notes – because he did not see “why the lazy bugger should benefit from all my hard work”. Sports commentary has moved on to the point where the mistakes that made Walker famous would probably not be tolerated any more.

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