Former New Zealand captain Martin Crowe has died of cancer at the age of 53, on Thursday (3rd march). The former NZ captain was battling lymphoma, a cancer of the immune system for the second time.
He defeated the disease once in the year 2012, but confirmed again in 2014 that it has returned. The whole cricket world and its fans are mourning the death of the legend. From Sachin Tendulkar to Allan Border, tributes pour in for Martin Crowe.
Here are some of the reactions from the cricketing fraternity:
"Heartfelt condolences to family and fans of #MartinCrowe. Great cricketer and a fighter till the very end”, - batting legend Sachin Tendulkar
"RIP Martin Crowe, an absolute legend and an iconic star for the @BLACKCAPS My deepest condolences to his family and friends", - India's Test captain Virat Kohli
"Saddened to hear about the demise of 1 of my favourite batsman #MartinCrowe A great technician&an astute reader of the game. May his soul RIP", - Former India opener Virender Sehwag
"In his passing the game has lost not just one of the best batsmen in its history but also a good thinker of the game and one who had innovative ideas to make the game grow", - former India captain Sunil Gavaskar.
"On the field, he was one of the best ever; it's as simple as that. He was a great competitor, had great technique, won a lot of games for New Zealand and is bracketed up there with the greats of the game", — Former Australia captain Allan Border.
The New Zealand Prime Minister John Key, Cousin Russell Crowe also paid their homage with their heartfelt messages for the cricketer; he was praised not only for his on field skills but also for his devotion to family, sports commentary and an inspiration to the younger generation.
He is remembered as the country’s best batsman with a passion for the game. He was an intelligent batsman who was equally skilled with his bat and his leadership helped propel Black Caps to the 1992 Cricket World Cup semi-final.
The Basin Reserve cricket ground in Wellington, New Zealand, displayed RIP MARTIN CROWE on the scoreboard which was displayed throughout.
Crowe is considered as one of the best batsman that New Zealand has given to the world. He scored 17 centuries and 5,444 runs in 77 Tests at an average of 45.36. He retired in 1996 with a knee injury and went on to become a television commentator and author.
He was awarded Wisden's Cricketers of the Year in 1985, he was player of the tournament at the 1992 World Cup, scoring 456 runs in nine matches. The cricketer was not only a fine batsman he was also a great guide to the younger generation and they turned for advice to him from time to time.
Mike Selvey, Crowe’s closest friend has revealed that the cricketer was self-medicating himself with liquid marijuana rather than going for conventional chemo therapy in the later stages of the disease. It has triggered another conversation on whether marijuana should be allowed to taken as legal drug for cancer patients.