New Delhi: Martin David Crowe was a New Zealand cricketer, commentator and author. He passed away on Thursday at the age of 53 due to lymphoma cancer of the immune system. 
 
His family announced his sad demise on March 3, 2016. This was the second time Crowe was battling the ailment. He was free of the disease in the first instance in 2012, but in September 2014 it was confirmed that the disease had returned to haunt him again. 
 
 
Martin started his career with New Zealand’s domestic cricket. He scored nearly 20,000 first-class runs, with 71 centuries. His average of 56.02 is one of the highest first-class averages of all time. He captained New Zealand in the early 1990s, and during this period he brought many innovations, such as opening with spin bowlers and utilising pinch hitting batsmen.
 
Crowe played 77 Test matches, averaging 45.65, including 17 centuries and 18 half-centuries. He also played 143 One Day Internationals, averaging 38.55, and hit four centuries and 34 half-centuries. 
In 1991, he shared a 467-run partnership with Andrew Jones, at the time the highest partnership in Test history and in 2009 remained the third highest.
 
He retired in 1996 with a knee injury and went on to become a television commentator and author.