Robin Jackman, India-Born England Cricketer And Commentator, Dies Aged 75
Former England cricketer and renowned commentator Robin Jackman died at the age of 75 in South Africa, confirmed the ICC. Jackman, born in India, had throat cancer.
Jackman, who played more than a dozen international matches for the England team, was born on 13 August 1945 in Shimla. He later moved to England where he took 1,402 wickets in 399 first-class matches between 1966 and 1982. Jackman’s first-class career has been fantastic. He also played 4 Tests and 15 ODIs for England. Jackman, who made his international debut in 1974, played his last match in 1983.
After retiring from the England team, Jackman settled in South Africa with his wife, where he gained considerable fame as a commentator. The ICC, in its statement, expressed grief over his death, writing, “We are saddened to learn about the death of legendary commentator and former England bowler Robin Jackman, who has passed away aged 75. The thoughts of the cricketing world go out to his family and friends during this difficult time.”
Many former and current veteran cricketers and experts have paid tribute to Robin Jackman. Former South Africa captain AB de Villiers tweeted for Robin Jackman. Also, Danny Morrison tweeted, “Awoken to the sad news of dear buddy & comms colleague Robin Jackman passing. Blessed to have had wonderful times shared ‘Jackers’. RIP Rob.”
During the post-match presentation after India’s blistering win over Pakistan in a 2003 World Cup match, Jackman told Sachin — ‘Thank you Sachin … you gave us a chance to see a good batting. I have never seen the way you played.’
Jackman’s commentary during the historic six off Shoaib Akhtar’s ball is still alive in the minds of his fans. The master blaster had dwarfed Pakistan’s score of 273 runs by scoring 98 in 75 balls with the help of 12 fours and a six. India won the match by 6 wickets.
Jackman was diagnosed with throat cancer in 2012 and underwent two operations to remove his lethal tumor.