Richard Hadlee has paid a heart-warming tribute to former New Zealand captain and all-rounder John R Reid, who passed away aged 92 on Wednesday, 14 October, in Auckland.
Reid was New Zealand's oldest surviving Test cricketer who featured in 58 Tests between 1949 and 1965, scoring 3428 runs and taking 85 wickets.
Hadlee, another all-round legend from New Zealand, called Reid his inspiration. "You talk about John Reid as the all-rounder, the game-changer, an attacking and aggressive player and they're the type of qualities I think that inspired my type of play," Hadlee told Newshub.
An iconic cricketer and highly respected around the world. One of the great allrounders
"You look at his first-class record particularly, he scored over 16,000 runs at a good average in the 40s… he got 466 first-class wickets with a best bowling performance of 7/20.
"We have lost an iconic player. A legendary player. He led by example," he added.
Members of the New Zealand cricket fraternity also shared their thoughts.
BLACKCAPS coach Gary Stead shares his thoughts following the passing of former New Zealand Test captain John R Reid. pic.twitter.com/jaBRB2Bl0t— BLACKCAPS (@BLACKCAPS) October 14, 2020
Forever an icon of NZ Cricket. You will be missed but never forgotten......RIP JR 😢 https://t.co/nIQ7cuvk0T— Mike Hesson (@CoachHesson) October 14, 2020
Rest In Peace Skipper. 🙏🏼🇳🇿 https://t.co/QT8sZuMEI9— Brendon McCullum (@Bazmccullum) October 14, 2020
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