Fans Paid Emotional Tributes To Umpire Rudi Koertzen

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Fans Paid Emotional Tributes To Umpire Rudi Koertzen

On Tuesday, former South Africa-born cricket umpire Rudi Koertzen passed away after a fatal car accident. Rudi, aged 73, was on his way back home from Cape Town to his residence at Despatch in Nelson Mandela Bay after a golf weekend, when he met with the accident. “He went on a golf tournament with some …


Fans Paid Emotional Tributes To Umpire Rudi Koertzen

On Tuesday, former South Africa-born cricket umpire Rudi Koertzen passed away after a fatal car accident. Rudi, aged 73, was on his way back home from Cape Town to his residence at Despatch in Nelson Mandela Bay after a golf weekend, when he met with the accident.

“He went on a golf tournament with some of his friends, and they were expected to come back on Monday, but it seems they decided to play another round of golf,” his son Rudi Koertzen Jr. told Algoa FM News.

For the unversed, Koertzen became an umpire in 1981 and officiated his first international game in 1992, when the Indian side was touring South Africa. At 43 years of age, Rudi Koertzen stood in his first Test match in Port Elizabeth. It was the first series in which television replays were used to judge run-outs.

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He was later appointed as a full-time International Cricket Council (ICC) umpire in 1997. In 2022, he became an elite member and eventually became the second umpire in history, after Steve Bucknor, to officiate in more than 200 ODIs and 100 Tests.

Rudi Koertzen was also the third-umpire in the 2003 and 2007 World Cup finals. In 2010, Koertzen retired from international umpiring after the Test match between Australia and Pakistan.

Meanwhile, tributes have been pouring in from all corners from the fans and cricketers around the world. Fans are paying emotional tribute to the legendary umpire for his contribution to the cricket world.

Among many, former Indian cricketer Virender Sehwag posted an emotional tribute for the legendary umpire. He wrote:

Vale Rudi Koertzen ! Om Shanti. Condolences to his family. Had a great relation with him. Whenever I used to play a rash shot, he used to scold me saying, “Play sensibly, I want to watch your batting”. One he wanted to buy a particular brand of cricket pads for his son (cont)”

He added: “And enquired about it from me. I gifted him and he was so grateful . A gentleman and a very wonderful person. Will miss you Rudi. Om Shanti”

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