Martin Crowe passed away on Thursday (March 3), at the age of 53 after a long battle with cancer. The former New Zealand captain had been diagnosed with lymphoma is 2012, and suffered a remission in 2014.
Widely acknowledged as one of the finest batsmen in the word and perhaps the greatest ever from New Zealand, Crowe was held in equally high regard for his leadership and his vision. Players from across the globe, current and former colleagues, administrators and other prominent personalities all expressed their grief and paid their respects.
From New Zealand:
My champion, my hero, my friend. I will love you forever.
RIP M.D.Crowe . pic.twitter.com/PHynH9RNQ7
— Russell Crowe (@russellcrowe) March 3, 2016
Until we meet again Hogan. Love Tuisi pic.twitter.com/gXJCWlvaCa
— Ross Taylor (@RossLTaylor) March 3, 2016
Today we lost a legend of our game. Not only was he a great sportsman but more importantly a great human. I couldn't have asked for a better mentor and friend to help me through the last couple of years. You inspired me to become a better person on and off the field. I will miss you. #RIPHogan #FootworkGup
Saddened to hear about the passing of one of our greats Martin Crowe.. Thoughts are with family, friends and the entire cricketing community
— Mitchell McClenaghan (@Mitch_Savage) March 3, 2016
Sad news hearing that Martin Crowe has passed away. RIP Hogan.
— Jesse Ryder (@DijaRyder) March 3, 2016
So sad to hear news of Martin Crowe passing away. For those of us who grew up watching cricket in the 80s, we owe him immensely #RIPCROWE
— Scott Styris (@scottbstyris) March 3, 2016
RIP Martin Crowe, thoughts with family and friends
— Luke Ronchi (@ronchi04) March 3, 2016
Very sad to hear of the passing of martin crowe this morning. An inspiration to me and so many others. One of our true greats. RIP hogan
— Stephen Fleming (@SPFleming7) March 3, 2016
RIP Martin Crowe. A very sad day. Thoughts are with friends and family. pic.twitter.com/cfbPHHmSl3
— Grant Elliott (@grantelliottnz) March 3, 2016
So sad to hear that Martin Crowe has passed away. He gave me my first TV job & I could not thank him enough. Team mate and friend. RIPHogan
— Simon Doull (@Sdoull) March 3, 2016
— WHITE FERNS (@WHITE_FERNS) March 3, 2016
— Rachel Priest (@rachelpriest13) March 3, 2016
Really hope Martin Crowe gets a good send off!
Player Thinker. Inventor. Writer. Genius. NZ Great.
— Iain O'Brien (@iainobrien) March 2, 2016
I still have the VHS video, in a box, in my office, of Crowe’s 142 at Lord’s.
Easily my most favourite innings of any cricketer.
— Iain O'Brien (@iainobrien) March 2, 2016
Referring to Crowe as “a great friend”, Waqar Younis, Pakistan coach, said: “I am probably one fast bowler, who had played a lot of cricket against Martin. [He was] a complete batsman, an institution and great to watch for youngsters. It’s a great loss to his family, his nation and great loss to me as he was a was superb friend … There are a lot of fond memories of our playing days and even after that. A year before his cancer was detected, we had together done commentary in a Pakistan v New Zealand series. Great human being.”
Wasim Akram, Younis’s former teammate and bowling partner, called Crowe a great player of reverse swing. Explaining, Younis said, “Wasim probably was talking about 1991, when he came over and scored a couple of centuries (Crowe actually scored a half-century and a century). He became the highest run-getter from New Zealand in three Tests. On a greentop against us, he managed so beautifully against reverse swing, which was a new phenomenon in those days. Deliveries coming at that pace, I felt he managed it beautifully. Probably the best batsman who negated reverse swing.”
Mahendra Singh Dhoni said it was a sad day for cricket. “Frankly speaking I’ve not seen Martin Crowe play much. Because I was not a keen watcher of the game. But I have heard about him a lot. But as is the case with 99% of the New Zealand players, they are fantastic human beings. I have had the opportunity of interacting with a lot of New Zealand players. It is a sad day for cricket but at the same time it is very important to give respect to the individual and we pray God to give strength to his family. And keep moving on. It’s a sad day.”
Among former players who took to Twitter:
Heartfelt condolences to family and fans of #MartinCrowe. Great cricketer and a fighter till the very end.
— sachin tendulkar (@sachin_rt) March 3, 2016
RIP Martin Crowe. Sad to hear about you. Great cricketer and outstanding captain. You will be missed!
— Sanath Jayasuriya (@sanath07) March 3, 2016
One of the most stylish batsmen…one of the finest cricketing brains. The man who adorned my scrapbook is no more. R.I.P. Martin Crowe #sad
— Aakash Chopra (@cricketaakash) March 3, 2016
Just heard the news of Martin Crowe's passing. Brilliant player and ambassador for our game. Sympathies to Jeff and the family. #Hogan ????????
— Dean Jones (@ProfDeano) March 3, 2016
Rest in peace Martin Crowe. A wonderful batsmen and a man with courage and conviction. Inspired generations of batsmen around the world.
— Kumar Sangakkara (@KumarSanga2) March 3, 2016
RIP Martin Crowe !!! One of the best !!!
— Russel Arnold (@RusselArnold69) March 3, 2016
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
— VVS Laxman (@VVSLaxman281) March 3, 2016
Saddened to hear about the passing of Martin Crowe. One of my heroes growing up. Will always remember our round at Royal Auckland #legend
— Greg Blewett (@blewy214) March 3, 2016
A modern great & Ckt icon MCrowe is no more.Brilliant Ckt brain & a warm persona.Condolences 2 family, Jeff & @BLACKCAPS.Ckt will miss him.
— Anil Kumble (@anilkumble1074) March 3, 2016
Deeply saddened to hear that Martin Crowe has passed away, master batsman & one of the great thinkers in our game. #RIPHogan
— Tom Moody (@TomMoodyCricket) March 3, 2016
So sad to hear the passing of Martin Crowe. One of the games greats on and off the field. My thoughts with family and friends. #martincrowe
— Damien Martyn (@damienmartyn) March 3, 2016
Kiwi Gr8 MCrowe is no more & Crkt world is poorer again..truly giant o modern batsmen & fine analyst!RIP Martin Crowe!Condolences 2 NZ Crkt!
— Bishan Bedi (@BishanBedi) March 3, 2016
There were occasions when Sachin & me actually copied him, he was one of my favourite batsman. RIP, Martin Crowe.
— Sanjay Manjrekar (@sanjaymanjrekar) March 3, 2016
— Lisa Sthalekar (@sthalekar93) March 3, 2016
@BLACKCAPS So sad to here about the passing of Martin Crow today. Our thoughts and condolences to the Crow family. What a player he was???? RIP
— Allan Donald (@AllanDonald33) March 3, 2016
I was fortunate to meet Martin Crowe during the 1992 world cup in Australia and new Zealand. Watched him play glorious inn in the world cup
— VINOD KAMBLI (@vinodkambli349) March 3, 2016
Very sad to wake up to the news that Martin "Hogan" Crowe has passed away…!!
One of the best to play the wonderful game !! RIP
— Ian Botham (@BeefyBotham) March 3, 2016
— Wasim Akram (@wasimakramlive) March 3, 2016
RIP Martin Crowe, an absolute legend and an iconic star for the @BLACKCAPS
My deepest condolences to his family and friends.
— Virat Kohli (@imVkohli) March 3, 2016
Rest in Peace Martin Crowe.
— Jason Holder (@Jaseholder98) March 3, 2016
Very sad to hear about Martin Crowe. My deepest condolences to his family and friends. RIP legend
— ajinkyarahane88 (@ajinkyarahane88) March 3, 2016
RIP Martin Crowe….! condolences to the family and friends
— Harbhajan Singh (@harbhajan_singh) March 3, 2016
The extended cricketing family:
Very very sad morning. One of my fav cricketers, Martin Crowe passes away. Technically the best batsman of the post Gavaskar era. RIP
— Rajdeep Sardesai (@sardesairajdeep) March 3, 2016
Good man, great cricketer, outstanding captain and a fighter taken away too early. Goodbye Martin Crowe, loved around the world.
— Harsha Bhogle (@bhogleharsha) March 3, 2016
Former New Zealand captain Martin Crowe; Player of the 1992 World Cup & ICC Cricket Hall of Famer has died aged 53 pic.twitter.com/IHpt42GCRv
— ICC (@ICC) March 3, 2016
Very sorry to hear about the death of Martin Crowe. Interviewed him last year and was really taken with his honesty and warmth.
— Lawrence Booth (@the_topspin) March 2, 2016
Vale, Martin Crowe. You were the best of us, on and off the field. #MartinCrowe
— Dileep Premachandran (@SpiceBoxofEarth) March 3, 2016
— Amol Muzumdar (@amolmuzumdar11) March 3, 2016
Devastating news the passing of Martin Crowe, doesn't make it any easier that it was expected, A Great of the Game gone too soon.
— Bryan Waddle (@bawads) March 3, 2016
Handsomest player of cover drive and on drive that I have seen. Silken touch #MartinCrowe
— Cricketwallah (@cricketwallah) March 3, 2016
As a batsman #MartinCrowe was upright, correct, impregnable. As a speaker/writer he grew to become open, empathetic, insightful, fearless.
— Rahul Bose (@RahulBose1) March 3, 2016
— Sidvee (@sidvee) March 3, 2016
From your batting in the 80's to captaincy in the 1992 World Cup to your columns once you quit. You entertained us all. RIP Martin Crowe.
— Siddharth Kochar (@SidKochar) March 2, 2016
Martin Crowe would have inspired legions of batsmen, but in later years, made time to encourage a few writers too. Rest in peace.
— Andrew F Fernando (@andrewffernando) March 3, 2016