Martin David Crowe, one of the most courageous and formidable opening batsmen of the New Zealand cricket team, passed away on March 3, 2016, at the young age of 53 years. He had been battling an uncommon variety of blood cancer for over 18 months. Martin Crowe was a superstar batsman of the 80s, fearless and full of talent. Some of the cricketing records he set for his country when he retired from international cricket, remain unbeaten.
However, what marked his play was his exceptional style of batting and reading of the ball. Martin Crowe was a much sought after wicket for some of the ‘great’ bowlers of the time. He belongs to a breed of select batsmen of his time, who set the platform for how modern ‘One Day International’ matches are to be played, which is attacking from the get-go. He donned the captain’s hat for his country, leading his team for about four years.
After retirement, Martin Crowe continued his bond with cricket by taking the role of a coach and a television commentator, until 2012, when he was first diagnosed with lymphoma, a type of cancer that affects the immune system. There was a brief period of remission following treatment; however, the illness returned in September 2014. Martin Crowe was diagnosed as suffering from a very rare form of cancer, known as a ‘double hit lymphoma’ (or DHL). DHL is an aggressive B-cell non-Hodgkin lymphoma, which is characterized by the presence of double genetic mutation.
DoveMed, along with all the billions of cricket lovers of the world, mourns the death of a very fine and admirable cricketer.
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