Video: Malcolm Marshall – The Bravest Cricketer
Malcolm Denzil Marshall is one of the true greats of our sport – one who transcends generations, and one for whom India was a significant part of his journey to greatness. He was a boy of 20 years with a solitary first-class appearance to his name when selected to tour India in 1978/79, an ill-fated tour for a West Indian side shorn of nearly all its top players to World Series Cricket. He had a heart as big as a lion and would run in all day long – for his bravery, just cast your mind back to Headingley in 1984, when he batted one-handed after sustaining a double fracture of the left thumb to help Larry Gomes to his century before returning figures of 7-53. Joel Garner was run out moments earlier after making an indecisive attempt to come back for the second run. Marshall came out to bat wearing a plaster on his hand, and despite the obvious pain, he hung on at the crease, helping West Indies to cross the 300 mark and hitting an elegant one handed boundary in the process. He was later dismissed after the second slip displayed sharp reflexes to catch the ball after it edged off Marshall’s bat. A truly brave and inspiring performance from one of the greatest players to play ‘ The Gentleman’s game’.
Video: Malcolm Marshall - The Bravest Cricketer
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