C.T. Studd was one of the greatest cricket players of the 19th century. He has been called the "Babe Ruth of cricket." He was extremely popular in Great Britain, then the most powerful nation on earth. He was also independently wealthy. In his athletic prime, Studd was converted to Christ and felt God's call profoundly upon his life. He gave away his fortune and went first to China, then India, and later to Africa preaching the gospel.
Many years later, near the end of his life, he wrote:
"...I do not say, 'Don't play games or cricket and so forth.' By all means play and enjoy them, giving thanks to Jesus for them. Only take care that games do not become an idol to you as they did to me. What good will it do to anybody in the next world to have been the best player that ever has been? And then think of the difference between that and winning souls for Jesus."