Former New Zealand cricket great Martin Crowe passed away today at the age of 53. We bring to you an interesting and intimate interview with the Kiwi star.

Martin Crowe
Martin Crowe at the 2015 Cricket World Cup final between Australia and New Zealand on March 29. Pic/ AFP

Name: Martin David Crowe

Nickname: 'Hogan'

Birth date: 22nd September. 1962

Birthplace: Auckland (New Zealand)

Height: 6 feet one and half inches

Weight: 90 Kg

Eye colour: Hazel

Hair colour: Fair

Marital status: Single

Occupation: Professional Cricketer

Favourite dish: 'Rogan Josh'

Favourite drink: Black Mack

Favourite movie: Kelly’s Heroes

Favourite magazine: Sports Illustrated, USA

Favourite music: Dire Straits, Wurzels

Favourite holiday resort: Spa pool and a few drinks and Bar-B-Q’s

Favourite other sport: Golf, tennis

Which person in the world would you most like to meet: I like to meet my mother first thing after being away for too long

Likes: Consistency, understanding, support being at home

Dislikes: Inconsistent umpiring, thoughtless media, smoking

Superstition: Left pad on first, hit arm away with bat after being dismissed

Favourite fielding position: First slip

Favourite cricket ground: Pukekura Park, New Plymouth

Luckiest break: Scholarship to Lord’s ’81, Somerset contract, 1984

Most memorable match: Somerset vs Leicestershire. 70 not out 1st inning, 190 2nd innings, won the match chasing 345 after 2-0, by 6 wickets.

Greatest moment: Scoring my first 100 and hearing my name, read out to play for New Zealand against Australia on the same day.

Biggest Disappointment: My first Test. It rained for days and finally when I batted Jeff Thomson used me as a dart board with the new ball, Basin Reserve, Wellington Feb. 1982

Worst injury: Broken middle finger & thumb on left hand

Most respected umpire: Dickie Bird

Favourite all-time player: Sir Gary Sobers

First team: Hogan’s Heroes I was selected captain hence my nickname

Biggest influence on career: My father, with my mother always on hand.

Ambitions: For me and my brother to score Test 100 on the same day batting together, in front of my parents.

Archives: Clayton Murzello collection

This interview appeared in Sportsweek and Lifestyle (March 27-April 2, 1988)