Former Australia captain Ian Chappell has ended a four-decade career as a television pundit. He was a prominent and uncommonly honest voice in cricket. The 78-year-old, who led Australia to greatness as captain from 1971 to 1975, told the Sydney Morning Herald that he had given commentary very serious consideration before deciding to stop.

“I can still clearly recall the moment I realized I was done playing cricket. On a playday, the time read five past eleven. I thought, “s**t if you’re clock-watching at that hour, I have to leave.” Therefore, I’ve been giving comments some thought. I was fortunate to escape with just a small stroke a few years ago. But it just makes things more difficult. Chappell was cited as stating, “And I just figured with all the travel and, you know, walking upstairs and stuff like that, it’s all just going to become tougher.”

Fans of Chappell will miss his harsh, razor-sharp analysis that was always clear about the course he wanted the game to go. Not according to him, who like many others views the game as a way to avoid having to take a strong stance on controversial topics and alienate other players or institutions.

His major position in Kerry Packer’s renegade World Series Cricket when his Channel Nine was denied the rights to transmit Australian cricket greatly influenced his media career—he has also been a prolific cricket writer. Chappell was the last of the four original celebrity commentators for Channel Nine when he retired from playing for Australia in 1980.

Richie Benaud, a former Australia captain who Chappell looked up to, Bill Lawry, who led Australia to victory in the 1969 Test series against India, and the late Tony Greig were the major figures.