Gordon Greenidge

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Gordon Greenidge
Personal information
Full name Cuthbert Gordon Greenidge
Born (1951-05-01) 1 May 1951 (age 67)
St Peter, Barbados
Batting Right-handed
Bowling Right-arm medium/off-break
Role Opening batsman
Relations Carl Greenidge (son)
Mark Lavine (cousin)
International information
National side
Test debut (cap 150) 22 November 1974 v India
Last Test 27 April 1991 v Australia
ODI debut (cap 16) 11 June 1975 v Pakistan
Last ODI 25 May 1991 v England
Domestic team information
Years Team
1973–1991 Barbados
1990 Scotland
1970–1987 Hampshire
1987 MCC
Career statistics
Competition Test ODI FC LA
Matches 108 128 523 440
Runs scored 7,558 5,134 37,354 16,349
Batting average 44.72 45.03 45.88 40.56
100s/50s 19/34 11/31 92/183 33/94
Top score 226 133* 273* 186*
Balls bowled 26 60 955 286
Wickets 1 18 2
Bowling average 45.00 26.61 105.50
5 wickets in innings 0 1 0
10 wickets in match 0 0 0
Best bowling 1/21 5/49 1/21
Catches/stumpings 96/– 45/– 516/– 172/–
Source: CricketArchive, 24 January 2009

Cuthbert Gordon Greenidge MBE (born 1 May 1951)[1] is a Barbadian former first-class cricketer, who played Tests and One Day Internationals for 17 years for West Indies.

Domestic career

Greenidge began his career in English county cricket before he played for Barbados. He played for many seasons with Hampshire in the English County Championship, where he batted as an opener with Barry Richards. He was therefore eligible to play for England until he opted for the West Indies.[2] He later made an appearance for Scotland. During his first-class career, he scored a total of 37,000 runs with 92 centuries.

International career

Born in St. Peter, Barbados, Greenidge played as an opening batsman for the West Indies. He began his Test career in 1974 against India at M. Chinnaswamy Stadium, Bangalore. Greenidge and Desmond Haynes formed a prolific opening partnership. The pair made 6,482 runs while batting together in partnerships, the highest total for a batting partnership in Test cricket history.[3]

During the 5th test of the 1983 series between West Indies and India, Greenridge became the first and, as of 2017 only, person in test history to be retired not out. He had to leave the match in Antigua while on 154 to visit his gravely ill daughter, who died two days later, in Barbados.[4]

Greenidge scored two double centuries against England in the 1984 summer Test series. This series was dubbed the "Blackwash" because West Indies won by a margin of 5–0. Greenidge scored 214 not out in the second innings of the second Test at Lord's in June 1984 and followed up with 223 in the fourth Test at Old Trafford in late July. The 214* was achieved on the fifth and last day of the match as West Indies successfully chased 342 for victory. It remains the highest run chase at Lords.

Greenidge became the first player in One Day International (ODI) history to score a century in his 100th ODI when he scored 102* against Pakistan in 1988. In that game he achieved that milestone as captain, with his century eventually going in vain as West Indies lost that match.[5][6]

Gordon Greenidge's career performance graph

In total, Greenidge played in 108 Test matches, scoring 7,558 runs with 19 centuries, and in 128 ODIs, including the 1975 and 1983 World Cup Finals, scoring 5,134 runs and 11 centuries.

After cricket

Greenidge decided to pursue a coaching career and became the coach of the Bangladeshi national cricket team in 1997.[7] Under his guidance, Bangladesh won the ICC Trophy in 1997. This victory qualified Bangladesh to play in the 1999 Cricket World Cup—their first appearance in top-level cricket. Soon afterwards Greenidge was named an honorary citizen of the country.[8] In 2000, Bangladesh were promoted to ICC full member status and began playing Test cricket.

Greenidge is currently on the West Indies selection committee for Test matches, along with Viv Richards.

Personal life

Greenidge's son Carl is a former cricketer who coaches at Bancroft's School with John Lever. He has a grandson, Reiss Greenidge, who is a footballer and currently plays in Norway for Sogndal.[9] He also received citizenship of Bangladesh for his great contribution as a coach of Bangladesh National Cricket Team.

International awards

One Day International Cricket

Man of the Match awards

S No Opponent Venue Date Match Performance Result
1 India Edgbaston Cricket Ground, Birmingham 9 June 1979 106* (173 balls, 9x4, 1x6)  West Indies won by 9 wickets.[10]
2 Pakistan Kennington Oval, London 20 June 1979 73 (107 balls, 5x4, 1x6)  West Indies won by 43 runs.[11]
3 England Brisbane Cricket Ground, Brisbane 23 December 1979 85* (122 balls, 9x4, 1x6)  West Indies won by 9 wickets.[12]
4 England Sydney Cricket Ground, Sydney 22 January 1980 1 Ct, ; 98* (155 balls, 9x4)  West Indies won by 8 wickets.[13]
5 Pakistan Melbourne Cricket Ground, Melbourne 21 November 1981 103 (161 balls, 5x4, 1x6)  West Indies won by 18 runs.[14]
6 Pakistan Sydney Cricket Ground, Sydney 12 January 1982 84 (122 balls, 9x4, 3x6)  West Indies won by 7 wickets.[15]
7 India Queen's Park, St. George's 7 April 1983 64 (95 balls, 5x4, 2x6)  West Indies won by 7 wickets.[16]
8 Zimbabwe New Road, Worcester 13 June 1983 105* (147 balls, 5x4, 1x6)  West Indies won by 8 wickets.[17]
9 India Moti Bagh Stadium, Vadodara 9 November 1983 63 (114 balls)  West Indies won by 4 wickets.[18]
10 India Nehru Stadium, Indore 1 December 1983 96 (127 balls: 10x4, 1x6)  West Indies won by 8 wickets.[19]
11 Sri Lanka Sydney Cricket Ground, Sydney 17 January 1985 67 (84 balls, 7x4, 1x6) ; 1 Ct.  West Indies won by 65 runs.[20]
12 Sri Lanka Adelaide Oval, Adelaide 26 January 1985 110 (128 balls, 15x4)  West Indies won by 8 wickets.[21]
13 Pakistan Arbab Niaz Stadium, Peshawar 17 October 1986 67 (104 balls, 8x4)  West Indies won by 4 wickets.[22]
14 Australia WACA Ground, Perth 4 January 1987 100 (119 balls, 12x4) ; 1 Ct.  West Indies won by 164 runs.[23]
15 New Zealand Eden Park, Auckland 21 March 1987 104 (100 balls, 9x4, 4x6)  West Indies won by 6 wickets.[24]
15 New Zealand AMI Stadium, Christchurch 28 March 1987 133* (140 balls, 16x4, 4x6)  West Indies won by 10 wickets.[25]
16 Pakistan Queen's Park Oval, Port of Spain 20 March 1988 2 Ct. ; 66 (51 balls, 7x4, 3x6)  West Indies won by 7 wickets.[26]
17 India Queen's Park Oval, Port of Spain 9 March 1989 70 (106 balls, 6x4, 2x6)  West Indies won by 6 wickets.[27]
18 India Antigua Recreation Ground, St. John's 18 March 1989 1 Ct. ; 117 (123 balls, 7x4, 8x6)  West Indies won by 8 wickets.[28]

See also

References

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  2. ^ "Gordon the Enforcer". ESPN Cricinfo. Archived from the original on 4 May 2017. Retrieved 4 May 2017.
  3. ^ "Langer says emotional farewell". ABC.net.au. 2007. Archived from the original on 13 January 2009.
  4. ^ "April 30, 1983: Gordon Greenidge and the 'Tragic Century'". Cricketnext. 30 April 2017. Archived from the original on 9 January 2018. Retrieved 25 January 2018.
  5. ^ "Records | One-Day Internationals | Batting records | Hundred in hundredth match | ESPN Cricinfo". Cricinfo. Archived from the original on 7 March 2017. Retrieved 7 March 2017.
  6. ^ "2nd Match: Pakistan v West Indies at Sharjah, Oct 18, 1988 | Cricket Scorecard | ESPN Cricinfo". Cricinfo. Archived from the original on 12 July 2017. Retrieved 7 March 2017.
  7. ^ "Bangladesh". www.gordongreenidge.com. Archived from the original on 10 May 2017.
  8. ^ "বাংলাদেশের বিশ্বকাপ–স্বপ্ন পূরণ করেছিলেন যিনি". Archived from the original on 4 September 2016. Retrieved 4 September 2016.
  9. ^ "Ebbsfleet United sign former Arsenal and West Brom defender". Kent Online.co.uk. Archived from the original on 12 September 2017.
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  24. ^ "1986-1987 New Zealand v West Indies - 2nd Match - Auckland". HowStat. Archived from the original on 7 April 2016. Retrieved 19 November 2016.
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  28. ^ "1988-1989 West Indies v India - 4th Match - St. John's, Antigua". HowStat. Archived from the original on 13 August 2016. Retrieved 19 November 2016.

External links

  • Gordon Greenidge at CricketArchive (subscription required)
  • Gordon Greenidge at ESPNcricinfo
Preceded by
Viv Richards
West Indies Test cricket captains
1987/8
Succeeded by
Viv Richards
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