Why was Rod Marsh Nicknamed Bacchus and Iron Gloves
Marsh earned the moniker Bacchus from his teammates.
His crew once took a train excursion through the Victorian countryside, stopping briefly at a station where they saw a sign reading “Bacchus Marsh.”. As a result of this, he earned the nickname Bacchus.
Marsh’s superior batsmanship over his keeper abilities were well known even before he began to play.
The media was particularly harsh on him, and he was singled out for shoddy glovework in the early stages of his career in particular.
The nickname “Iron Gloves” was given to him when he failed to make a lot of catches during his career.
As his career progressed, he made significant strides forward in terms of his wicketkeeping capabilities. During his playing career, he was subjected to a few shockers.
In a contentious decision, the captain Bill Lawry declared with Marsh eight runs short of a century in order to give himself an extra hour of bowling time before the finish of the innings.
He claimed that he had gained forty runs instead of missing eight runs because he believed Lawry should have declared an hour sooner when confronted with the media about his missed opportunity to achieve a historic century.