Marsh was instrumental in Australia’s emergence as a formidable force in world cricket.
The cricketing world woke up to sad news on Friday March 4 as a former Australian cricketer Rod Marais died at age 74. One of the most influential figures in world cricket, Marsh had suffered a heart attack in the middle of an event last Thursday. He was then rushed to a hospital in Queensland. His condition, however, never improved and he finally breathed his last a week later.
One of the finest wicketkeepers to grace the game, Marsh was instrumental in Australia’s emergence as a formidable force in world cricket. He was a vital cog in the national team in the 70s and 80s. While his glove work was precise to say the least, his batting blitzes also took the Aussies to many notable wins.
Rod Marsh held the record for most dismissals by a wicketkeeper in testing
In fact, he was the first Australian wicketkeeper to collect a Test century. He went to collect three tons in the format. As for his brilliance behind the stumps, his tally of 355 dismissals was the highest by a wicketkeeper in Test cricket at the time of his retirement. Notably, Marsh represented Australians in 96 Tests and 92 ODIs between 1970 and 1984.
Notably, Marsh also served Australian cricket in the administrative department. He led the Australian cricket academy before taking the same position in England. In 2014, the legendary cricketer was named chairman of the Australia Selectors, a position he held for two years. With Marsh being such a big figure in the cricketing circle, RIP’s well wishes and condolences came from different walks of life.
In particular, the team Australia the players are also expected to wear black armbands in the opening test against Pakistan, which begins Friday in Rawalpindi.
“Rod was a colossal figure in Australian cricket who gave nearly 50 years of incredible service to Australian cricket, from his start in the 1970-71 Ashes series, to his time as national manager, when many members of the current group of Aussies male players have come into close contact with him,” test captain Pat Cummins told reporters.
In the meantime, let’s take a look at how Twitterati mourned the passing of Rod Marsh:
So incredibly sad to hear of the passing of Rod (Bacchus) Marsh, an absolute icon of Aust cricket. I had the pleasure of working with Rod for several years as a coach and you wouldn’t meet a more honest, down to earth and generous person. RIP🙏
—Mark Waugh (@juniorwaugh349) March 3, 2022
Extremely sad to learn of the passing of Rod Marsh.
My sincere condolences to his family and friends. pic.twitter.com/HWZW73b0z4
— VVS Laxman (@VVSLaxman281) March 4, 2022
Truly saddened and shocked to hear that one of Australia’s best, Rod Marsh, has passed away. He always seemed the eternally tough and strong man. #TEAR
— Ian Raphael Bishop (@irbishi) March 4, 2022
One of cricket’s greats has tragically left us to join another. Rest in peace Rodney Marsh (Bacchus) – mentor and friend to so many – it was a privilege to have known you. Our day on the golf course was special. Great Australians: Rodney Marsh & Dean Jones. #RIPBacchus pic.twitter.com/2JzHUQJwWH
—Alan Wilkins (@alanwilkins22) March 4, 2022
A statement from Paul Marsh on behalf of the Marsh family. pic.twitter.com/43PTWunUiB
— Australian Cricketers Association (@ACA_Players) March 4, 2022
Sad to hear the news of Rod Marsh’s passing. He was a legend in our big game and an inspiration to so many young boys and girls. Rod cared deeply about cricket and gave a lot, especially to Australian and England players. Sending lots and lots of love to Ros and the family. RIP buddy ❤️
—Shane Warne (@ShaneWarne) March 4, 2022
So sad to hear of Rodney Marsh’s passing. I met him several times, especially remember a dinner with him and his captain Ian Chappell. I knew Rodney more through the tales of Chappelli. Great cricketer! #RIPRodneyMarsh
— Sanjay Manjrekar (@sanjaymanjrekar) March 4, 2022
Rod Marsh is no longer on this planet, I am completely overwhelmed. I wouldn’t be the person I am today if it weren’t for Rod and his incredible talent for knowing how to get the best out of every young cricketer. He just cared!! My love and thoughts are with Ros and the boys. RIP buddy. 😢😢
— Shane Watson (@ShaneRWatson33) March 4, 2022
Extremely saddened to hear about
Rod Marsh. Thoughts and sympathy to his family. It was an absolute honor and privilege to know him on the 2015 Ashes Tour. A man of integrity. And a true legend with a great sense of humor.
We will miss you very much 😞💔 pic.twitter.com/ns4WGedJwC
— Fawad Ahmed (@bachaji23) March 4, 2022
Extremely sad news. RIP Rod Marsh.
An Australian cricketing legend and one of my heroes as a young cricketer. Had the chance to meet him several times and was always interesting to hear his views on the game we love.
—Michael Bevan (@mbevan12) March 4, 2022
Incredibly sad day, Rodney ‘Bacchus’ Marsh touched so many with his wisdom, humor and friendship which I am better at. Thoughts and prayers go out to Ros and the whole family.
The world of cricket is much smaller today. #TEAR
—Tom Moody (@TomMoodyCricket) March 4, 2022
Heartbreaking news to wake up to today. Sending all my love to ros and the boys and the wider cricketing family. I will miss our discussions on November 4 ❤️. Rip buddy.
—John Hastings (@johnhastings194) March 3, 2022
Sad day with the death of the great Rod Marsh. His saying, “Cricket is a simple game made complicated” still resonates with me. Rod will be missed, our thoughts are with his family. #ripRodMarsh
—David Hussey (@DavidHussey29) March 3, 2022
So sad to hear the news of the passing of Rod Marsh.. what a legend of a cricketer, a wonderful guy who made everyone feel welcome in this great game. #TEAR 🕉 Shanti
— Lisa Sthalekar (@sthalekar93) March 3, 2022
Very sad to hear the news of Rod Marsh’s passing.
A great man who guided me and many others down the right path in my youth and taught me what it takes to play international cricket. RIP 🙏🏻
— Chris Tremlett (@ChrisTremlett33) March 3, 2022