Brian Close had 1225 First-Class runs to his name from 786 matches © Getty Images
Brian Close had 1225 First-Class runs to his name from 786 matches © Getty Images

Former English skipper Brian Close passed away at the age of 84. The Yorkshire-born cricketer who is still known for his brave display on field—be it facing the fastest of bowling or fielding at short leg—he did not hesitate one bit. One of the most famous quotes from the legendary cricketer is learning for all budding cricketers, whenever a cricketer complained about a trembled, or rubbed a bruise while playing, he said, “How can the ball hurt you? It’s only on you for a second.” The former Somerset batsman appeared for England in 22 Tests, scoring 887 runs and bagging 18 wickets. Meanwhile, he failed to make a mark in the One-Day Internationals (ODIs); he scored 2 runs from three games. READ: Brian Close — controversial, curious composite of unfulfilled promises

According to Guardian, Yorkshire confirmed his death in a statement on Monday morning. It read, “It is with the deepest regret that Yorkshire County Cricket Club announce the death of Brian Close, CBE, one of Yorkshire and England’s greatest ever captains and one of the game’s most courageous players. In addition to his outstanding cricket career, Brian remained fully committed to Yorkshire until the end, being a life member of the club and president from 2008-10. He was also a popular former president of the Yorkshire CCC Players’ Association. He leaves a widow, Vivienne, and a son and a daughter.”

Close became the youngest player ever to win a Test cap for England when he made his debut against New Zealand in 1949 as an 18-year-old. He went on to lead his country seven times in 22 Tests, between 1949 and 1976 and also captained his native county to win four county championship titles. Close scored almost 35,000 runs as a batsman, including 52 centuries with a highest innings score of 198. He also took 1,168 dismissals as a bowler and over 800  catches as a fielder. READ: Aging John Edrich and Brian Close show exemplary courage against frightening West Indies attack

Close captained Yorkshire to four county championship titles captain before switching to Somerset where he is still credited for developing the county into a full- fledged, and is also famous to mould Viv Richards and Ian Botham into the successful players they became.

(With inputs from AFP)