“One of the greats of cricket has left us”

"One of the greats of cricket has left us"

Marsh was instrumental in Australia’s emergence as a formidable force in world cricket.

Rod Marsh. (Photo by Ryan Pierse/Getty Images)

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: