Christopher follows Tony
Test Match Special commentator Christopher Martin- Jenkins has died at the age of 67. He was diagnosed with cancer in January 2012, shortly after returning after commentating duties in the United Arab Emirates.
He was widely known, and was one of cricket’s most respected writers and broadcasters.
With his experience, Christopher’s authority was highly regarded in the cricketing circle.
Martin-Jenkins was given an MBE in 2009 and served as the MCC’s president 2010 and 2011.
Everyone at MCC shares the sadness now being felt by the cricketing world that his live commentaries will never be heard again.
He was one of my favorite cricket commentators after John Arlott, Brian Johnston and recently departed Tony Greig.
Martin-Jenkins death follows just three days after Tony Greig’s, who was almost the same age - 66. Tony also was diagnosed of cancer in October 2012 like Martin Jenkins. Tony lived and worked in Australia and yet always needled Aussies during his commentary stints.
He was one of the best loved commentators and his commentary added lot of color to the game on the field.
Who can forget the way he usually adopted to test the condition of the wicket by stabbing the pitch with his car key! He was a fearless thinker and would not just jump in boots first, but it wouldn't matter how much pressure it put on him, he would stick with it. He was loved in Sri Lanka and was a great ambassador and supporter of Sri Lankan cricket.
Christopher Martin-Jenkins death follows so closely that of Tony Greig, at virtually the same, relatively young age. Both these two great personalities have created a huge vacuum in the field of commentating where they really stood out from the rest.
No doubt, they will be missed by all lovers of this great game, cricket.
- Asian Tribune -