Chris Martin aka The Phantom retired yesterday. His cricinfo biography describes him as,“Hardworking with the ball and outrageously feeble with the bat….” and it is about as good as you can do in describing the Phantom. With a batting average of 2.3 and 233 Test wickets (yes his batting average is less than 1/100th of his test wicket count 🙂 ) he is the epitome of cricketing overachievement. While the world oohs and aahs over the Sachin Tendulkars and Rohit Sharmas of the world (Editors Note to self: Well done with your Rohit Sharma promotion agenda there. Keep comparing him to Sachin and eventually people will agree that he is the best batsman India has currently(except Sachin of course who is still around)) the likes of Chris Martin continue to overachieve given their modest talent.
A batsman who can comfortably claim the record for the most Test pairs. On seven occasions, Martin was dismissed for 0 in both innings of a Test – Walsh, Mervyn Dillon, Bhagwath Chandrasekhar, Muttiah Muralitharan and Marvan Atapattu are all equal second with four pairs each. And like all my favourite people, Chris Martin also possessed the wonderfully rare ability to laugh at himself Here is a promotional video he acted in for a video called,”How to bat like Chris Martin”. Just in case you wanted to learn how 🙂
Incredibly,despite his batting talent (or lack thereoff) the Phantom remained a vital cog in the Kiwi bowling attack till the age of 38 – a tribute to his commitment, fitness and hardwork. Hats off to a really awesome cricketer. Live long and prosper.