‘Always greeted players with a big smile’: Cricketing world mourns Rudi Koertzen’s sudden demise

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The cricketing world is mourning the death of high-profile cricket umpire Rudi Koertzen who died on Tuesday following a car crash. He was 73.

Koertzen stood in 108 tests, a record 209 one-day internationals and 14 Twenty20 internationals over an 18-year career.

His Test debut was in South Africa’s first home series back in international cricket in 1992 after the country’s 22-year ban because of apartheid. He retired in 2010.

Koertzen was famous for his unique method of giving a batter out, where he’d slowly raise his left arm with his finger pointing at the batter to signal the dismissal. It became known as the “slow finger of death.” He was one of cricket’s most respected umpires.

Many former cricketers including Ricky Ponting said in a social media post that he was “extremely saddened” by news of Koertzen’s death. “My deepest sympathy goes out to his family and friends,” Ponting said on Twitter. “He was a great umpire and a better person. I always enjoyed sharing the field with him.”

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Koertzen officiated his final ODI on June 9 2010 between Zimbabwe and Sri Lanka at Harare and his final Test match from July 21-24 between Pakistan and Australia at Leeds.

-With Agencies inputs





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