The world of international cricket may have lost Martin Crowe, but cancer will not conquer Martin’s cricketing legacy. Martin was a batsman and former New Zealand captain. The face of New Zealand cricket changed in February of 1982, when Martin David Crowe made his debut for the country against arch rivals, Australia.
Within three years of his debut, Martin was named the Wisden Cricketer of the Year. He was also conferred the Member of the British Empire (MBE) title during his career. Martin created his own stamp – he deployed Mark Greatbatch as a new weapon at the top of the batting order. This move, along with the gutsy plan to have off-spinner Dipak Patel open the bowling had New Zealand soaring.
According to The Indian Express, Martin was the top-scorer in the 1992 World Cup. Martin came from a cricketing family – his father David was a cricketer in New Zealand while elder brother Jeff represented and captained New Zealand, and is now an International Cricket Council (ICC) match referee. But what Martin achieved was a new horizon in cricket. While there were other batsmen of note – Glenn Turner and John Wright – it was Martin who garnered the use of power as a weapon to match grace.