Tributes poured in from all sides as social media erupted with the news of Rod Marsh’s passing away. ‘Iron Gloves’ Marsh’s well-known partnership with Dennis Lillee gained recognition over the years – Marsh left cricket with a record dismissal of 355.
Born in 1847 and made his debut in 1970, Rod Marsh quickly rose through the ranks to become one of the best wicketkeepers of his time. The legendary player totalled a record number of 355 dismissals in his cricketing career.
Rod Marsh’s debut in test cricket was far from perfect though. He missed three catches in his Brisbane and was even booed by the home fans that day. The Perth-born wicketkeeper was chosen on the merit of his good batsman skills but the first match’s blunders made the fans dub him as the ‘Iron Gloves’.
Rod Marsh, who died on 4th March in an Adelaide hospital after a heart attack that plagued him a week ago, said that his early days into cricket were surely damning. Sometimes he felt like ‘jumping the fence and defending his honour’.
His early days changed quickly into more fruitful ones soon. The world recognises the legend and acknowledges his contribution to Australian as well as world cricket. His charisma and positive attitude conquered the hearts of Australian and Perth fans during the 70s and the early 80s.
It was just the beginning of a time when Australia was beginning to firmly root itself as one of the most recognisable powers in world cricket. Rod Marsh began his official cricket journey when he was just 12 years old and played for West Australia with other players such as Greg Chappell.
Although Marsh excelled at test cricket, the record number of trophies held by the Australian team in other formats as well is due to legends like Rod who set up the right mentality for upcoming players.
Rod Marsh battled through the early criticism that was not only thrown at his mistakes during the game but also at his 95 kilogram frame. Rod Marsh silenced critics all his life like he did when returned after losing 13 kilograms and his Australian side beat Pakistan where he scored a century with almost a 100% strike rate.
Rod Marsh is survived by his brother and three sons.