Cricket: Emotional Ian Smith reflects on receiving NZ cricket's highest honour

On a day when Wellington cricketers Devon Conway and Sophie Devine were honoured as the nation's best domestic T20 players, Ian Smith stole the show.

On Tuesday, the former wicketkeeper-batsman, turned commentator, was awarded the most prestigious honour in the NZ game - the Bert Sutcliffe Medal for services to cricket.

"It makes me quite emotional to think about the list of people who have already won this award," Smith told Newshub. 

Smith played through the golden era of the 1980s, alongside some of New Zealand's greatest players.

"I wouldn't trade those times, those many victories with those players - the times keeping to Sir Richard Hadlee and the times watching Martin Crowe batting sides into submission."

But he's really made his mark behind the microphone, calling some of our most famous moments in modern cricket history.

"I've had my moments," said Smith. "I've been 'Johnny on the spot', and suppose my voice will be on those reels forever and a day."

Anyone else's voice and it just wouldn't be cricket.

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