March 3, 2016

The best of Crowe

ESPNcricinfo staff
Our pick of Martin Crowe's columns on ESPNcricinfo
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Martin Crowe: an engaging batsman and writer © PA Photos

From the autumn of 2012 through to the end of the 2015 World Cup, Martin Crowe wrote a column on ESPNcricinfo that looked at the issues of the day, matters of batting technique, and the fortunes of his side, New Zealand, among other things. Many of them went on to have a life of their own, stirring debate across the world of the game. Here's our top ten.

The men and memories that made me (November 2014)
On Sobers, Sutcliffe, Hookes and other inspirations and influences down the years

Minding the gap (October 2014)
The space between two balls is where cricket is really played

Test cricket's young fab four (August 2014)
On Williamson, Root, Kohli and Smith

The masks we wear (November 2013)
Often what we see of cricketers on the field is not their real selves

Why it's largely even between bat and ball (December 2014)
On why cricket's balance in power may not be as skewed as we think

Fifty for the pantheon (April 2014)
Picking the greatest players of all time

The greatest time of our lives (March 2015)
Whatever happens, the Australia-New Zealand World Cup final at the MCG will be the most divine fun

Forty overs is one-day cricket's future (January 2014)
A new format to take ODIs forward

To bat right, get your mind right (March 2014)
The importance of being rooted in the present moment

Ain't no time to hate (May 2015)
We need to restore cricket's lost integrity pronto

The full list of Crowe's articles on ESPNcricinfo is here

07:06:41 GMT, March 3, 2016: The article "The greatest time of our lives" was added to the list

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  • Neville on March 3, 2016, 19:50 GMT

    His writing had all the class of his batting - pure and from the soul. Dare I say it, indeed in Crowe's case, the pen was mightier than his sword.

  • Kunal on March 3, 2016, 9:44 GMT

    The open letter to ABD deserves a mention here. That showed his love for the game. How closely he has observed it over the years and what it meant to him. That was such a great feature trying to calm down a person he knew had a burden on his shoulders. He'll be missed a lot.

  • Anand on March 3, 2016, 9:08 GMT

    The Cricket Monthly Interview featuring him and Daryll Cullinan was also one for keeps- one of my favourites

  • meppalli on March 3, 2016, 7:59 GMT

    please add the open letter he had written to ab devillers during the 2015 world cup.. incredible for a new Zealander to write such a comforting letter to a saffa when they were about to go head on

  • Cricinfouser on March 3, 2016, 7:46 GMT

    Great player and captain.... His letter to South African Captain AB de Villiers was one of the best, I think....

  • Ant on March 3, 2016, 6:22 GMT

    I think we would benefit from the listing of his entire collection of cricinfo articles

  • Gyanendra on March 3, 2016, 5:37 GMT

    Wow his predictions regarding the fab 4 from that 2014 article have materialised just the way he had outlined. RIP Mr. Crowe

  • mahmood on March 3, 2016, 4:37 GMT

    He was the finest New Zealand batsman of this generation. He was pure class. Glenn Turner , Richard Hadlee , Martin Crowe are the rare breed of cricketers who has taken New Zealand cricket to greater height. RIP my favorite batsmen.