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