West Indies batsman Runako Morton died in an accident today. His bike crashed into the power pole while he was on the way back from a match in Trinidad. Runako was only 33.
Runako Morton hailed from a tiny Island of Nevis and played most of domestic cricket for Leeward Islands before he moved to Trinidad and Tobago after 2009-10 season.
Morton made is his debut for West Indies in 2002 in a one-day match against Pakistan in Sharjah. He played is first test match in 2005 against Sri Lanka in 2005. Morton was often out of the team for disciplinary reasons. In 56 one-day matches he scored 1519 runs. In Test matches he remained an under-achiever and played only 15 tests scoring 573 runs. Runako scored two centuries in one-day matches but both didn’t result in a win for West Indies. His match-winning knock of 90 against Australia in Champions Trophy 2006 was most memorable.
The sudden passing away of Runako led to an outpouring of grief from his teammates. The cricket fraternity was shocked by his sudden demise. Julian Hunte, the president of the West Indies Cricket Board, said "Runako's passing, still in the prime of life, leaves us all in shock".
The only thing more disappointing in sport than unfulfilled potential is a career cut short by a fatal tragedy.