Crowe died after a battle with cancer.

Kiwi cricketer Martin Crowe dies Five things to remember him for@balabugs
news Death Thursday, March 03, 2016 - 11:09

In news that has saddened the cricket world, the family of former Kiwi batting legend Martin Crowe announced that he passed away on Thursday.

“It is with heavy hearts that the family of Martin Crowe, MBE, advise his death,” read their statement.

The former Kiwi skipper died after a battle with cancer. He was diagnosed with terminal double-hit lymphoma in September 2014. Despite recommendation, he chose not to continue chemotherapy and stayed at home taking natural remedies.

Born on September 22, 1962, Crowe was 53 years old when he died.

Cricket ran in the family for Martin Crowe as his father Dave Crowe played domestic cricket while elder brother Jeff Crowe represented New Zealand in tests.

In his 13-year-career since making his international debut in 1982 in Australia, Crowe played 77 tests and 143 ODIs.

Oscar winning Hollywood actor Russel Crowe is Martin Crowe’s cousin.

Here are five things you should know about the New Zealand star:

1)      Held the highest score (299) by a New Zealander until February 2014 when Brendon McCullum, who retired recently, scored 302 to go past him. His tally of 17 centuries in tests still remains the most by any player of the island nation alongside being the second highest run scorer.

2)      Was named Wisden Cricketer of the Year in 1985. 

3)      Played a pivotal role in taking his team to the semi-finals of the World Cup in 1992 and was named ‘Man of the Tournament’ for being the leading run-scorer in the event. 

4)      He was made MBE (Member of the British Empire) in 1992 for his contribution to the game.

5)      He was one of the brains behind the three-hour version of the game that never took off, but laid the foundations for Twenty20 cricket. He served as the chief executive of the Royal Challengers Bangalore cricket team in the Indian Premier League.

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