Saturday, February 10, 2018

RIP- Bevan Congdon!!!

News came at 4pm in ESPN on the passing away of  former cricket captain of New Zealand, Bevan Congdon, today, a day short of his 80th Birthday.

Bev, is most remembered for his fighting knock of 176 in the 4th Innings chasing 475 to win vs England at Trent Bridge, with Victor Pollard, he almost took them to heroic victory falling short by 38 runs or so. That was my first BBC test match special Audio commentary back in 1973. The next innings at Lords, he made 175 and took NZ for  a 300 run first innings lead only for England to escape with a draw.

His ultimate leadership moment came next year, when NZ beat Australia in ChristChurch in 1974 for their first test win over Australia. 

Congdon, Glen Turner, Victor Pollard with Richard Collinge formed the bed rock of New Zealand cricket which went to produce legends like Hadlee, Crowe, Coney!! His leadership made New Zealand to be a team to be respected and lot of individuals combine to deliver the results a hallmark of Team sport.

Rest in peace. 


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