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Malcolm Marshall

Malcolm Marshall

Malcolm Marshall of the West Indies and Imran Khan of Pakistan


Malcolm Marshall was the former West Indies cricket. Malcolm Marshall was coming to the crease on the angle, pitter-pat feet twinkling as if in dancing shoes. He developed a devastating leg-cutter which he used on dusty pitches in his last stage of career. Marshall is regarded one of the greatest and finest fast bowlers ever to have played. His test bowling average of 20.94 is the best of anyone who has taken 200 or more wickets. He had generated pace and bounce with their 5 feet and 1 inches. He was also dangerous lower middle-order batsman with 10 test fifties. He adjusted his sights, pitched the ball up, and swung and cut it to such devastating effect on the dusty pitches.

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Early years

The King Marshall

Marshall was born in Barbados. His father was a law-enforcement officer. He died in a traffic accident when Marshall was one year old. His mother, remarried and Marshall had one half-brother and one half-sister. He grew up in a parish and was educated at St Giles Boys School from 1963 to 1969. He was partly taught cricket from his grandfather, who was helped him up after his father death. He played cricket for the Bank Brewery team for 1976. After playing some cricket, Marshall was selected for the tour of India in 1978-79. Marshall heard his selection on the radio while working at storeroom. He did not know where India was.


International debut

Marshall made his Test debut against India at Bangalore on 15 December 1978. Marshall did not give the special note in the three Test matches. He did take 37 wickets in first-class matches. Due to his Performance, Hampshire picked him as their overseas player for 1979 season. He was also selected for West Indies World Cup squad. But he did not play a single match in the Tournament. Hampshire was not doing well, but Marshall took 47 wickets.

Marshall came back in the team to prominence in 1980. He took 7-24 wickets in the third Test match at Old Trafford against England. After 1980-81 he was dropped from the Test side for two years. But he took 134 wickets in the 1982 season at under 16 apiece.

The King Marshall

He played seven successive series from 1982-1986. In these series he took 21 or more wickets each time, in the last five averages was under 20. He played productive innings rubber against India in 1983-84, when he climbed 33 wickets as well as average of 34 with the bat and making the high test score 92 at Kanpur. A few months later he took five in innings twice against the Australia. He turned down an offer of US$1 million to join a rebel West Indies team on the tour of South Africa.

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At the peak

In the 1984 Marshall was seen as one of the finest bowlers in the world, and he took seven wickets against England, despites thumb while fielding in the first innings. He also came to bat at 11 numbers, despite his injury, scored a maiden unbeaten century with one arm in plaster. In this series, he also ended the career of Andy Lloyd Test career after, hitting him on the head. West Indies won the series by 5-0.
In 1985 he had played another successful series against New Zealand.
He broke the nose of Mike Gatting, England captain by his rising delivery.
In 1988 he made career-best bowling performance by took seven wickets for just 22 runs at Old Trafford and ended the series with 35 wickets. He took 11 wickets against India at Port of Spain.

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Later Career

The King Marshall

Marshall made his final appearance for West Indies in One Day International cricket – the 1992 World Cup. However in this tournament, he can’t perform well, he just took two wickets both were against South Africa. This was only the first time Marshall was playing against South Africa. Later 1992-94 he was staying in Natal, where his experience was invaluable, and his guidance was an influential spark in the early career of Shaun Pollock. Today, Shaun Pollock attributes much of his success to his mentor, Marshall.
He was playing for Hampshire for the end of the career, and he took over 1000 wickets for Hampshire and received more than £60,000 (tax-free) in his benefit year in 1987.

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Illness and Death

In 1996, Marshall became the coach of Hampshire and West Indies. In the 1999 World Cup, it was revealed that Marshall has colon cancer. He left the coaching and starting the treatment, but this was ultimately unsuccessful. He returned to his hometown, where he died on 4 November 1999 aged 41 weighing little more than 26 kg.
The Marshall Memorial Trophy was inducted in his memory, to be awarded by the leading wicket-taking in the tournament.
The entrance road to Hampshire ground the Rose Bowl is called for the memory of Marshall.

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