Gordon Greenidge

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Gordon Greenidge
Personal information
Full name Cuthbert Gordon Greenidge
Born (1951-05-01) 1 May 1951 (age 63)
Black Bess, St Peter, Barbados
Batting style Right-hand batsman
Bowling style Right-arm medium/off-break
Role Opening Batsman
Relations Carl Greenidge (son)
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 former member of the West Indies cricket team.

Greenidge was an opening batsman for the West Indies. He began his Test career against India at M. Chinnaswamy Stadium, Bangalore in 1974 and continued playing internationally until 1991. He was half of the West Indies prolific opening partnership with Desmond Haynes. The pair made 6,482 runs while batting together in partnerships, the highest total for a batting partnership in Test cricket history.[2]

Greenidge went on to play 108 Test matches scoring 7,558 runs with 19 centuries. He also played 128 One Day Internationals, including the 1975 and 1983 World Cup Finals, scoring 5,134 runs and 11 centuries.

Greenidge scored two double centuries against England in the 1984 summer Test series (also known as the "Blackwash" series WI winning 5–0). He scored 214 not out during the second Test at Lord's in June 1984, then followed up with 223 during the fourth Test at Old Trafford during the last five days of July. The first of those innings was on the last day as West Indies successfully chased 342 for victory; it remains the highest ever run chase at Lords.

He also played many seasons for Hampshire in the English County Championship, and for many years opened with Barry Richards. He began his first class cricket career there before he played for Barbados and could have qualified for England. Late on in his career he appeared for Scotland. In his career he scored 37,000 runs and 92 centuries.

Greenidge is currently on the West Indies selection committee for Test matches, along with Viv Richards. His son Carl Greenidge coaches at Bancroft's School with John Lever.

Greenidge was also successful in his coaching career. He became the coach of Bangladesh in 1997. Under his guidance Bangladesh became the champions of ICC Trophy in 1997 along with the chance to play at their first World Cup finals in 1999. Soon afterwards Greenidge was given the honorary citizenship of the country. He also coached them during the 1999 Cricket World Cup and the team eventually promoted to a Test playing after their performance during the World Cup.

Gordon Greenidge's career performance graph.

References[edit]

  1. ^ "Birthday's today". The Telegraph. 1 May 2013. Retrieved 23 April 2014. Mr Gordon Greenidge, former West Indies cricketer, 62 
  2. ^ ABC News (2007). Langer says emotional farewell. Retrieved 18 December 2008.
Preceded by
Viv Richards
West Indies Test cricket captains
1987/8
Succeeded by
Viv Richards