Bowler not needed in heaven - son of world’s oldest Test cricketer wants him to die now

While India’s oldest Test wicket keeper and batsman Madhav Mantri peacefully passed away in Mumbai last week at the age of 92, the world’s oldest Test player, Norman Gordan, is struggling to survive in South Africa, aged 102 years and 293 days old.

tester“Perhaps the bowler is not needed in heaven now”, Norman Gordon’s 70-year-old son Brian, speaking from South Africa. “I don’t know why is he holding it up still as he is totally bed-ridden, can’t walk, can’t go anywhere.”
Norman Gordon, the right-arm fast bowler, who was born on August 6 in 1911, played five Tests for South Africa and is the last surviving member of the world’s longest (timeless : ten days’ play plus two rest days) Test match (South Africa versus England at Durban in 1939). .
“My dad has lost considerable weight. He is very weak. Can’t take food. We are managing somehow with the fluids,” continued Brian. “He looks terrible and can’t hold pen.
“He has been in and out of the hospital number of times and his fortune has become costly to keep him,” the son, surprisingly added. “In last three years we have spent 300,000 Rand and we are poor people,” he concluded.

Bipin Dani

A Civil Engineer by profession, Bipin is also a senior cricket journalist in India.
He has toured UAE, Sri Lanka, Morocco and Malaysia, to name a few, and contributes to a large number of newspapers in India, Pakistan, Sri Lanka and Bangladesh.
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