The Former New Zealand Batsmen who is described one of the finest batsmen “Martin Crowe” dies of Cancer at the age of 53 in Auckland surrounded by Family.
The stylish batsman made his worldwide debut in 1982 and played 77 Tests before retiring in 1995. The elegant right-hander also scored 4,704 runs at an average of 38.55 in one-day internationals.
Since news broke Thursday that the legendary sportsman has passed away following a battle with terminal double-hit Lymphoma, a rare and aggressive blood disease, fans have been sharing messages about the 53-year-old across social media.
Former New Zealand Test captain Stephen Fleming wrote: “Very sad to hear of the passing of Martin Crowe this morning”.
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Botham and Crowe had an awkward introduction, the former unhappy when the young New Zealander was cast as Somerset’s replacement for the highly successful West Indies pair Viv Richards and Joel Garner.
Popular Hollywood actor Russel Crowe is their cousin.
That was one of the high points of Crowe and Hadlee – New Zealand’s only players of indisputable world class – leading their team to a series of worldwide successes. He had 17 centuries under his belt in the longer-format of the game, the most by a New Zealand cricketer.
Pakistan left-armer Wasim Akram, who took over 900 wickets in his global career, believes the late Martin Crowe was the best batsman he’s ever bowled against.
“He was a huge supporter of the way we played our cricket; I think the style we adopted at the time resonated strongly with him”. Cricket Max ran in New Zealand for seven years and was pitched to English cricket authorities in 1998, eventually emerging in modified form as Twenty20 in 2003.
“It’s just very, very sad”.
Crowe was born in a family of cricketers, as his father Dave Crowe played first-class cricket for Canterbury and Wellington and his elder brother Jeff Crowe, played test cricket.
Wright who was the former India coach and is now associated with IPL team Mumbai Indians, shared his experience of batting with a player who typified classic batsmanship “Batting with Martin was a great joy”.
Many expressed their heartbreak and offered condolences to Martin’s wife Lorraine and daughter Emma. And I told Martin, “You are the best I’ve ever bowled against”.
He particularly enjoyed the Black Caps fairytale run to the Cricket World Cup final a year ago, admitting at the time that he had been uncertain whether he would live to see the tournament.