Martin Crowe

Country: New Zealand
Born: September 22, 1962, Henderson, Auckland
Batting Style: Right hand Bat
Bowling Style: Right arm Medium
Playing role: Middle order Batter
Died: March 03, 2016, Auckland, (aged 53y 163d)

Martin Crowe Bio

Martin David Crowe, one of the most esteemed cricket players from New Zealand, left an indelible mark on the sport during his illustrious career. Born into a cricketing family in suburban Auckland, Crowe epitomized greatness from a young age and went on to become the benchmark for New Zealand batsmanship as the 20th century drew to a close.

From the moment he made his Test debut at just 19 years old, Crowe showcased his exceptional talent and was quickly recognized as the best young batsman in the world. His technique, both attacking and defensive, was honed to perfection, and he possessed a fierce competitiveness coupled with an insatiable hunger for the game. It was evident that Crowe was destined for greatness.

With elegance, poise, and an expansive range of strokes, Crowe dazzled spectators and opponents alike throughout his career. His batting, characterized by clean lines, impeccable timing, and a sense of balance, made him a force to be reckoned with. His signature shots were executed with precision, whether down the ground or all around the wicket. Crowe’s ability to seemingly have more time to play his strokes set him apart from his contemporaries and left an indelible impression on those who had the privilege of witnessing his mastery.

Throughout the 1980s, Crowe, along with a group of seasoned players and under the leadership of Richard Hadlee, formed the backbone of New Zealand’s most successful team at the time. Test after test, and match after match, Crowe exhibited his prolific batting skills against the world’s best bowling attacks, both at home and abroad. His contributions were pivotal in guiding the team to numerous historic victories, and he consistently averaged an impressive 55.5 runs per innings.

Crowe’s crowning achievement came in 1992 when he captained New Zealand in the World Cup. Demonstrating his tactical astuteness, he defied conventional wisdom and molded his team into an exceptional force. By promoting big-hitter Mark Greatbatch up the order as an opener and starting the bowling with offspinner Dipak Patel, Crowe revolutionized the game, leading New Zealand to the semi-finals and captivating the cricketing world with their innovative approach.

Injuries plagued Crowe throughout his career, ranging from broken bones to torn muscles and serious knee problems, ultimately leading to his retirement. However, even in the face of physical adversity, he continued to produce remarkable performances, contributing to 16 historic Test victories. His highest Test score of 299 against Sri Lanka remained unmatched for over two decades before being surpassed by Brendon McCullum.

Following his retirement, Crowe contributed to the cricketing world in various capacities. He excelled as a media personality, overseeing Sky’s television coverage of cricket in New Zealand. Additionally, he invented a new format for the sport called Cricket Max and worked alongside the Royal Challengers Bangalore in the early years of the Indian Premier League. Crowe’s insightful commentary and writing also made him a mentor and guide for the younger generation of New Zealand cricketers.

In 2012, Crowe was diagnosed with lymphoma, and although he experienced a period of remission, the disease relapsed in 2014. Tragically, he passed away in 2016 at the age of 53, leaving behind a legacy that will endure through the ages. Martin Crowe will forever be remembered as a true cricketing legend, an individual who redefined excellence on the field and inspired generations of players with his elegance, skill, and unwavering passion for the game.

Martin Crowe Career Stats

Martin Crowe Batting Stats

Batting Matches Innings Nos Runs High Score Ave BF SR 100s 50s 4s 6s Ct St
Tests 77 131 11 5444 299 45.36 12190 44.65 17 18 659 27 71 0
T20Is - - - - - - - - - - - - - -
ODIs 143 140 18 4704 107* 38.55 6476 72.63 4 34 378 29 66 0
FC 247 412 62 19608 299 56.02 - - 71 80 - - 226 0
List A 261 256 27 8740 155* 38.16 - - 11 59 - - 115 0
T20s - - - - - - - - - - - - - -

Martin Crowe Bowling Stats

Bowling Matches Innings Balls Runs Wkts BBI BBM Ave Econ SR 4w 5w 10w
Tests 77 35 1377 676 14 2/25 3/107 48.28 2.94 98.3 0 0 0
T20Is - - - - - - - - - - - - -
ODIs 143 46 1296 954 29 2/9 2/9 32.89 4.41 44.6 0 0 0
FC 247 - 7921 4010 119 5/18 - 33.69 3.03 66.5 - 4 0
List A 261 - 3994 2859 99 4/24 4/24 28.87 4.29 40.3 2 0 0
T20s - - - - - - - - - - - - -

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