New Zealand cricket player and commentator Martin Crowe passes away

New Zealand cricket player and commentator Martin Crowe passes away

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Described as New Zealand’s greatest batsman Martin Crowe passed away in Auckland, New Zealand following long battle with cancer. He was 53. He lost his battle with lymphoma, a cancer of the immune system.

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Crowe was appointed New Zealand’s captain in 1990, and led the team until 1993. He retired in 1996 due to knee injury. Later he went on to become a television commentator and author.

At a Glance :  Martin Crowe 

  • Crowe was born  on 22 September 1962 in Auckland, New Zealand. His mother, Audrey Crowe, was one of New Zealand’s leading female cricketers and his father, Dave Crowe,  played first-class cricket for Canterbury and Wellington.
  • Crowe made his first-class debut for Auckland at the age of 17, and his Test debut for New Zealand at the age of 19. He was named a Wisden Cricketer of the Year in 1985, and was credited as one of the “best young batsmen in the world”.
  • In his entire career, crowe had played 77 Test matches, 143 One Day Internationals (ODIs) and 247 First-class matches. He was right-handed batsman.
  • ODI Career: He had played 143 ODI matches and scored 4704 runs at an average of 38.55 including 4 centuries and 34 fifties. His highest score was 107 runs.

Test Career : He had played 77 matches and had scored 5444 runs at an average of 5.36 including 17 centuries and 18 fifties. His highest score was of 299 runs.

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Awards and honours : He was honoured with player of the tournament award in 1992 World Cup Cup after scoring 456 runs in 9 matches.