Famous Cricketers from New Zealand: Martin Crowe
Coming from a family of cricketers, Martin Crowe has proved himself to be an asset for the New Zealand cricket team. He was a right handed batsman and a right arm medium pacer bowler. Martin Crowe bowled occasionally and his batting was considered to be his strength. Martin Crowe has played 143 matches for New Zealand Cricket team and he has scored 4704 runs in ODI matches in his career. His batting average in ODIs was 38.55. He has scored 4 centuries and 34 fifties in his career. With a strike rate of 72.63 Martin Crowe was a very important innings building batsmen in New Zealand top order in the 1980s and 1990s. His highest score in an innings was 107*.
In Test matches, Crowe has scored at an average of 45.36 which is very good. He was a consistent batsman and in his 77 test matches that Martin Crowe has palyed for New Zealand, he has scored 5444 runs with the help of 17 Centuries and 18 fifties. He has taken 14 wickets in test matches and 29 in the ODIs. Hiks highest individual score in test matches was 299.
Under his captaincy, New Zealand team reached the 1992 Cricket World Cup Semi final unbeaten. Being on the home ground, the team looked all set to win the tournament before Pakistan cricket team beat them to qualify for the World cup final in 1992 which Pakistan won after defeating England. Martin Crowe was a very important part of the New Zealand team in the 1980s and early 1990s. He had to retire early due to various health and fitness issues.
Martin Crowe was in an exceptionally good form in 1992 cricket world cup. Along with some great batting performances, he was very sharp as a captain too. Add to it the home ground advantage and New Zealand Cricket team was all set to claim the world cup. If Martin Crowe was not injured in that world cup knock out stage, no one knows what the final outcome could have been.