2) Martin Crowe
Arguably, one of New Zealand’s all-time greats, Martin Crowe was a pure delight for the connoisseurs because of his exquisite strokes which he could unleash with the utmost of ease.
The elegant batsman amassed 5,444 runs in 77 Tests for the Black Caps before a knee injury cut short his career in 1994. The man, who fought a long battle with cancer, expressed his desire to make a comeback to First-class cricket in 2011 at the age of 48 and he even appeared for a club cricket game in Auckland.
However, to Crowe’s sheer disappointment, he pulled a muscle while batting for Cornwall against Parnell on November 19 and couldn’t take part in the game anymore.
One of the most prolific batsmen of his time, Crowe wrote about his comeback, “While getting off the mark yesterday I pulled a thigh muscle running a normal single into the covers. So three balls into my first premier match back, it's over.”