ICC Cricket: Age Is No Barrier, Especially Not for Martin Crowe!

Ishan ChowdhuryCorrespondent IJune 21, 2011

WELLINGTON, NEW ZEALAND - MARCH 13:  Richie McCaw, Martin Crowe and Conrad Smith look on during the Christchurch Earthquake Relief Charity Twenty20 match at Basin Reserve on March 13, 2011 in Wellington, New Zealand.  (Photo by Hagen Hopkins/Getty Images)
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Former New Zealand opener Martin Crowe is set to make an extraordinary comeback to the game at the age of 48! The Kiwi batting maestro, who was known to be a player who could pick the gaps in the field at will, was forced into retirement due to a serious knee injury that hugely limited his movement.

The former Wisden Cricketer of the Year feels that he has it in him to have one final shot at amassing the 392 runs that he needs to get to 20,000 First Class runs. However, he doesn’t want to rush into it and wants to start at Club cricket level to see if he still has it in him to play in the Domestic Circuit.

Touted by Rameez Raja as the best captain of the 1992 World Cup, where New Zealand topped their group but eventually lost to Pakistan in the semifinals, Crowe was known for his ‘out of the box’ tactics that would leave the opposition absolutely perplexed. He used the home conditions perfectly throughout the tournament and his usage of Deepak Patel, a spinner, as an opening bowler turned out to be a master stroke.

His supporters have been rather skeptical about his comeback, as far too often have situations of great players making comebacks at such an age ended in embarrassment. It is up to Martin Crowe to put an end to all this speculation and do what he does best, express himself with the bat.