With the death of Australian cricketing legend John Gleeson mostly known as “the mystery spinner, who made no such open ways for the batsmen rather then to get out from the pitch with his unique bent finger spin passed away at the age of 78 in Tamworth on Friday night an era comes to an end in cricket. His career saw him take 93 wickets at an average of 36.20 in 29 test matches between 1967 and 1972 as the 42nd Australian to wear the baggy green.

John Gleeson will be remembered as one of the finest and innovative cricketers. He will go down as a hero in the annals of cricket history and he has left behind his fine imprint as a great sportsman who played an instrumental role in winning many matches for his side. To cricket lovers he will be remembered as the spinner who bamboozled batsmen with his unusual bent middle finger grip. His knowledge about the game was unparalleled and his death is a huge loss to the game of cricket.

ZEESHAN NASIR,

Turbat, October 10.