'The best I ever bowled against' - Akram
Former and current players, writers, broadcasters, members of the New Zealand sports fraternity and beyond poured out tributes for Martin Crowe on the news of his passing at age 53.
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
"Technically he was absolutely fantastic. He had a presence at the crease and if you combine that with the cricket smarts he possessed you're going to have a pretty good package. It's a pretty simple formula, and he had it in spades."
Former Australia captain Allan Border told the New Zealand Herald
My champion, my hero, my friend. I will love you forever.— Russell Crowe (@russellcrowe) March 3, 2016
RIP M.D.Crowe . pic.twitter.com/PHynH9RNQ7
"Martin was a truly great sportsman - one of our finest-ever batsmen and sharpest cricketing minds. He was a world-class athlete whose exploits on the pitch endeared him to cricket fans around the world, whose leadership helped propel our Black Caps to the 1992 Cricket World Cup semi-final and whose tutelage has helped the next generation to excel."
New Zealand prime minister John Key
"You could draw a parallel between the way he batted and Greg Chappell. He was such a beautiful, elegant batsman and a terrific stroke player. When he was going, which he did plenty of times against us, there was no more difficult man to bowl to....We had our tussles in the middle but he was always the first bloke through the door for a beer at the end of the day. A tremendous human being, and I couldn't speak more highly of Martin Crowe than anyone, particularly from an opponent's point of view, on the field and off it."
Former Australia fast bowler Craig McDermott
"He's affected so many people in so many different ways. [He was] a passionate cricket person, and a lot of people around the cricket world are mourning him."
New Zealand coach Mike Hesson
"I'm going to miss him. Forty years is a long time. I thought we were going to grow old together, play golf, drink wine. It's not to be."
Former All Black Grant Fox, long time friend of Martin Crowe to ONE News
"He was a bit of a mentor of mine, someone so willing to help, and he was amazing for my development, because he was such a great player and happy to give anything he thought might help your game."
Former New Zealand team-mate Chris Harris told the New Zealand Herald
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
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
Saddened to hear of the passing of a great cricketer Martin Crowe - the best New Zealand captain I played against.— Imran Khan (@ImranKhanPTI) March 3, 2016
There were occasions when Sachin & me actually copied him, he was one of my favourite batsmen. RIP, Martin Crowe.— Sanjay Manjrekar (@sanjaymanjrekar) March 3, 2016
Very sad to wake up to the news that Martin "Hogan" Crowe has passed away...!!— Ian Botham (@BeefyBotham) March 3, 2016
One of the best to play the wonderful game !! RIP
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
Until we meet again Hogan. Love Tuisi pic.twitter.com/gXJCWlvaCa— Ross Taylor (@RossLTaylor) 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
RIP Martin Crowe. A very sad day. Thoughts are with friends and family. pic.twitter.com/cfbPHHmSl3— Grant Elliott (@grantelliottnz) March 3, 2016
RIP Martin Crowe, an absolute legend and an iconic star for the @BLACKCAPS— Virat Kohli (@imVkohli) March 3, 2016
My deepest condolences to his family and friends.
We are all very saddened to hear of the passing of Martin Crowe - a legend of cricket.The thoughts of all @NZCPA members are with his family— Heath Mills (@heathmmills) March 3, 2016
Really sad to hear about Martin Crowe, my thoughts go out to his family. U live amongst us cricketers as a legend forever. May your soul RIP— Shoaib Malik (@realshoaibmalik) 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
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
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
RIP Martin Crowe…one of my favorite cricketers who epitomized grace & style https://t.co/YZUmC3Zihu— Satya Nadella (@satyanadella) 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
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
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
Heartfelt condolences to family and fans of #MartinCrowe. Great cricketer and a fighter till the very end.— sachin tendulkar (@sachin_rt) March 3, 2016
T20 has Martin Crowe to thank.#CricketMax— Iain O'Brien (@iainobrien) March 2, 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
Rest in Peace Martin Crowe - a hero for so many my age growing up in NZ, he was the reason a lot of us played & watched cricket #hogan— James Franklin (@jecfranklin) 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
Sad to hear about the passing of Martin Crowe, our thoughts and prayers are with him and his family #RIP Legend. Loved knowing you.— Darren Lehmann (@darren_lehmann) March 3, 2016
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 to hear about the passing away of Martin Crowe. A wonderful player who I grew up watching and admired. My condolences to his family!— Mahela Jayawardena (@MahelaJay) March 3, 2016
RIP Martin Crowe, thoughts with family and friends— Luke Ronchi (@ronchi04) March 3, 2016
Gutted to wake up to hear of the passing away of Martin Crowe...A player & person I hugely admired .. A true great of the game .. #RIPHogan— Michael Vaughan (@MichaelVaughan) March 3, 2016
A fighter on and of the field one of the greatest to represent the blackcaps few can understand the pain he went throu #RIPMartinCrowe— yuvraj singh (@YUVSTRONG12) March 3, 2016
So sad to hear the news of Martin Crowe New Zealand greatest test batsman losing his final battle. Too good, too young too soon.— Frank Nobilo (@FrankNobiloGC) March 3, 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
So sad to hear that Martin Crowe has passed away. An absolutely majestic player.— Robert Croft (@RDBCroft10) March 3, 2016
Awwww...sigh! Just heard my ol' mate & skipper Marty Crowe passed!! Kia kaha to next of kin...was an honour to know Hogan xx— Danny Morrison (@SteelyDan66) March 3, 2016
Farewell Martin Crowe, graceful batsman & friend to all. Fierce defender of spirit of cricket, devised forerunner of T20, Cricket Max. #RIP— Jonathan Agnew (@Aggerscricket) March 3, 2016
To wake up to the news of Martin Crowe's passing is so sad. A true NZ legend in so many ways. Our thoughts are with the family.— Sean Fitzpatrick (@frontrow92) March 3, 2016
Sad news hearing that Martin Crowe has passed away. RIP Hogan.— Jesse Ryder (@DijaRyder) March 3, 2016
RIP Martin Crowe !!! One of the best !!!— Russel Arnold (@RusselArnold69) March 3, 2016
We have lost a great man, great cricketer, superb captain, visionary thinker, tenacious fighter, beloved friend. Goodbye Martin Crowe #RIP— Alan Wilkins (@alanwilkins22) March 3, 2016