QUOTES-Cricket-Reaction to the death of Australian great Rod Marsh

QUOTES-Cricket-Reaction to the death of Australian great Rod Marsh

Here are the reactions to the Friday death of Rod Marsh, 74, one of Australia’s greatest wicketkeepers. PAUL MARSH, SON OF ROD MARSH

“On behalf of my mother Ros and my brothers Dan and Jamie, it is with immense sadness that I inform you that my father Rod passed away peacefully early this morning. “He was a husband, father and great- incredible father and we were lucky to have had him in all of our lives.

“We are so grateful for all the love and support our family has received from so many over the past week. It has given us strength in the toughest week of our lives.” AUSTRALIAN PRIME MINISTER SCOTT MORRISON

“Very sad to hear of the passing of Rod Marsh. As a child he was my favorite player. He was part of one of the most exciting times in Australian and world cricket. He will be remembered as one of the greatest Australian cricketers. AUSTRALIAN CAPTAIN PAT CUMMINS

“I, along with countless other people in Australia, grew up hearing the stories of him as a fearless and tough cricketer, but his batting and genius behind the stumps for over a decade have made him one of the greatest of all time in our sport, not just in Australia, but around the world.” When I think of Rod, I think of a generous, larger-than-life character who always had a positive, relaxed, life-loving attitude, and his passing leaves a huge void in the Australian cricketing community.”

ADAM GILCHRIST, AUSTRALIAN EX-WICKETKEEPER “I am devastated, absolutely stunned. I thought he was invincible. He was my absolute idol and hero and inspired me why I continued what I did . The impact he had on my life is profound.”

FORMER AUSTRALIAN CAPTAIN GREG CHAPPELL “It’s a sad day for cricket. For all of us in this group it was obviously a successful time. There were a lot of good guys and Rod was the spiritual leader of the group.”

FORMER AUSTRALIAN CAPTAIN IAN CHAPPELL “His tentacles were quite common in cricket, so there were a lot of people who knew him, and even if someone didn’t necessarily like him, they respected him. He was always happy to he had a son, he had a good sense of humor, everyone who met him enjoyed his company.”

INTERNATIONAL CRICKET COUNCIL “It is incredibly sad to hear of Rod’s passing. He was a true legend of the game who has been part of international cricket for over 50 years. His skill and talent with the gloves was exceptional, holding the world record for the number of dismissals at the time of his retirement.

EX-AUSTRALIA ALL-ROUNDER SHANE WATSON “Rod Marsh is no longer on this planet, I’m absolutely broken. I wouldn’t be the person I am today without 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 mate.”

FORMER AUSTRALIAN BATSER MARK WAUGH “So sad to hear of the passing of Rod (Bacchus) Marsh, an absolute icon of Australian cricket. I had the pleasure of working with Rod for several years as a selector and you would never meet no longer an honest, down-to-earth, generous person.”

FORMER AUSTRALIAN SPINNER SHANE WARNE “Sad to hear the news that Rod Marsh has passed away. He was a legend of our great game and an inspiration to so many young boys and girls. Rod cared deeply about cricket and has given so much – especially to the Australia and England players. Sending lots of love to Ros and his family. RIP mate.”

(Compiled by Shrivathsa Sridhar in Bengaluru)

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