Batsman of New Zealand team: Mark Greatbatch
Mark Greatbatch, an enigmatic left-handed batsman of the New Zealand team, was quite a solid player particularly at Test level. He achieved his premier test score in 1989 playing against Australia when he achieved 145 runs not out from 485 balls. He was tucked to shield his team against defeat for 3 days which resulted in a draw, all due to his endeavor. In the end, he received a standing ovation for his outstanding defensive innings.
When it came to the World Cup of 1992, Greatbatch was left out of the first two opening matches but when was able to plunge into the team as a replacement of the then injured John Wright, he proved his worth with a superb feat of 313 runs at 44.71. Due to his strategic playing, he was also known as the ‘pinch hitter’ for One Day Internationals. Greatbach scored 10 fifties and 3 centuries in the test cricket.
Quite a dynamic fielder that he was and performed with his first-rate catches all through his cricket career, post-retirement Greatbatch took the responsibility of being the coaching director at the Warwickshire County Cricket located in England. In early 2010, Mark John Greatbatch was also appointed as the New Zealand coach for the national cricket team.
Greatbatch will always be remembered for his wicket keeping skills. He was also a left handed batsman who played in test and one day international cricket. In test cricket, Greatbatch scored 2206 score in 84 ODI matches including two hundreds and 13 fifties. His highest ODI score was 111. He took 35 catches as a wicket keeper. In 41 test matches, Greatbatch scored 2021 runs including 3 hundreds and 10 fifties. His highest test score was 146. He took 27 catches in test cricket format. Surprisingly, his wicket keeping stats show that he didn’t claim any wicket stumping feature throughout his wicket keeping career. Overall he will be known for his participation in 1992 cricket world cup.