Rodney Marsh, the great Australian cricket legend will go down as a prominent figure in the history of Australian Cricket. The legendary batsman with a distinctive mustache, unbuttoned shirt, and a baggy green cap was considered as one of the greatest on Friday. He gave around 50 years of service to the sport.
He had a heart attack en route to a charity event in Queensland last week. The 74-year-old has appeared for 96 Tests and served as a long-time national selector. Rodney Marsh went into a coma following the heart attack and passed away peacefully in an Adelaide hospital on Friday morning.
Rodney Marsh’s family’s statement
Marsh’s family confirmed his death today morning and said that they are so grateful for all the love and support that they received over the last week. They also added that it has given them immense strength in the most difficult week of their lives.
Rodney Marsh – A larger than life Character
If we need a word to describe Marsh, it would be stoic. Rodney Marsh is known by the catchphrase that was famous during the era. ‘Caught Marsh, Bowled Lillee,’ they combined a record 95 times to send the opposition batters back to the pavilion in Test cricket.
Cricket Australia Chairman Lachlan Henderson stated that it is rather a sad day for Australian Cricket for those who loved and admired Rodney Marsh. He also added that Marsh will forever be remembered for the way he embraced the game and the pleasure he brought for the crowd members.
His nickname was the ‘Iron Gloves’ as he was the power behind the stumps. Marsh also played 92 ODIs as a dashing left-hander.
Pat Cummins’s comment on Rodney Marsh
The present Test skipper Pat Cummins commented on him as a colossal figure in Australian Cricket. He added that Rodney Marsh had a love for life and a positive attitude. He had a relaxed and stoic look towards everything, however, his passing leaves a huge void in the Australian Cricket community.
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Australian Prime Minister Scott Morrison also stated that Marsh was his favorite player growing up and addressed him as a fierce competitor. He added that Rodney marsh will come across as one of Australia’s greatest Test players ever.
Rodney Marsh’s Hall of Fame induction in 1985
Rodney Marsh’s induction into the Australian Hall of Fame was in 1985 and Chairman John Bertrand said that Marsh was very tactical and spoke without a fear. He was a significant figure in cricket folklore.
Bertrand added, “Marsh created History and was respected by all players he played against and with.”