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Famous West Indian batsman: Cuthbert Gordon Greenidge

by on November 10, 2012
in Profiles, West Indies

Greatest West Indian cricket player Gordon Greenidge

Cuthbert Greenidge, a former West Indian cricketer, was an opening batsman who started his Test career in 1974 by first playing against India. He then played international till 1991. Greenidge was widely recognized for his fertile partnership with Desmond Haynes, together as a pair they made 6,482 runs which was the highest for any batting partnership to score in the history of Test cricket.

In a total of 108 Test matches, Greenidge made a superb running score of 7,558 including 19 centuries abd 34 fifties. Being a part of the finals for World Cup in 1975 and 1983, he played 128 ODIs and scored 5,134 runs including 11 centuries and thirty one fifties. Better known as the Blackwash series of West Indies winnings of 5-0 in 1984, Greenidge made double-double centuries. The following June the same year, he played the 2nd Test match at Lords during which he made a score of 214 runs which continued with 223 runs in the 4th Test. In his entire career, Greenidge made 37,000 runs alongside 92 centuries. He also served as a coach in 1997 for Bangladesh: a team that won the 1997 ICC Trophy under his leadership. Greenidge averaged above forty in both cricket formats. In one day internationals, Greenidge averaged at 45.03 whereas in test cricket, he averaged at 44.72. 

He is today on the selection committee of West Indies for Test matches. He has had the honor of coaching during the World Cup of 1999 after which the team was upgraded to a Test playing level owing to its incredible performance. 

West Indies has ruled cricket for a very long time with its devastating bowling and batting. Gordon Greenidge is one of the greatest West Indian batsman who played in two world cups which also speak for his excellent batting skills. Current West Indian cricket team really misses all such talent since the team has seen decline for over past two decades. 

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