Martin Crowe’s demise earlier this month left the cricketing world in grief. Considered the greatest New Zealand batsman, Crowe was also an inspirational leader, who led the side to the semi-final of the 1992 World Cup. New Zealand were the best side in the tournament and Crowe bagged the Player of the Tournament award in that edition. ICC World T20 2016, Super 10, Pick of the Tweets: India vs New Zealand at Nagpur

Crowe lost the long battle against cancer earlier this month. Ahead of the super 10 Group 2 clash between India and New Zealand, Crowe was honoured at Jamtha, Nagpur. As Allan Wilkins spoke about the batsman’s greatness, the crowd and the players in the middle applauded Crowe’s achievements. There were emotional scenes as New Zealand cricketers Martin Guptill and Ross Taylor were moved to tears. Both the cricketers were extremely close to Crowe and the latter in an article last year had described them as “the two sons I never had”.

Ross Taylor (left) and Martin Guptill (Photo courtesy: Screengrab from Star Sports)
Ross Taylor (left) and Martin Guptill (Photo courtesy: Screengrab from Star Sports)

Both of them were mentored by Crowe and post his death, Taylor had recalled, “Some of my best innings came about because of his advice the night before. I wouldn’t be the player I was without his influence and guidance.”

Last year, the night before Taylor scored the record 290 against Australia at Perth, he received a one-and-a-half page letter from Crowe.

However, both the batsmen could not make any serious impact in the match. Guptill started with a six but was dismissed the next ball. Taylor was run out for 10.