Gordon Greenidge

Country: West Indies
Born: May 01, 1951, Black Bess, St Peter, Barbados
Batting Style: Right hand Bat
Bowling Style: Right arm Medium
Playing role: Opening Batter

Gordon Greenidge Bio

Cuthbert Gordon Greenidge, widely regarded as one of the most destructive opening batsmen in the history of cricket, brought fear and awe to bowlers around the world with his immense power and aggressive strokeplay. Born on May 1, 1951, in St. Peter, Barbados, Greenidge established himself as a legendary cricketer during his illustrious career with the West Indies cricket team.

Greenidge’s love for the sport began at a young age, honing his skills on the challenging pitches of England during his childhood. His solid defensive techniques, developed during this time, would lay the foundation for the aggressive and uncompromising style of play that would become his trademark.

Making his debut for Barbados in 1967, Greenidge quickly caught the attention of selectors, earning his first international cap for the West Indies in 1974. From that moment on, he formed an indomitable opening partnership with his fellow Barbadian, Desmond Haynes. Together, they would go on to rewrite the record books and become one of the most formidable opening pairs in cricket history.

Greenidge’s skill and dominance with the bat were evident from the outset. His square-cut was an embodiment of sheer power and disdain, leaving spectators and opponents awestruck. His ability to hook and pull deliveries with precision and force made him a nightmare for bowlers, as he effortlessly dispatched deliveries to the boundary with impunity.

In 1984, Greenidge etched his name into cricketing folklore with one of the most memorable innings ever witnessed at Lord’s. England had declared their innings, presenting the West Indies with a challenging target. Undeterred, Greenidge unleashed his fury and, limping due to a nagging injury, smashed an unbeaten 214 to lead his team to a resounding nine-wicket victory. This innings is still considered one of the greatest in the history of the sport, exemplifying his combination of power, technique, and sheer determination.

Greenidge’s partnership with Haynes was unparalleled, with their synergy setting numerous records. The pair amassed 16 century stands as an opening duo, including four partnerships exceeding 200 runs. Their ability to set a sturdy foundation for the West Indies batting lineup was instrumental in the team’s numerous triumphs during the 1970s and 1980s.

Throughout his career, Greenidge proved his mettle against the world’s best bowlers and teams, helping the West Indies secure victories and dominance in international cricket. The formidable opening batsman played a crucial role in the team’s back-to-back World Cup victories in 1975 and 1979, showcasing his ability to perform on the grandest stages.

Greenidge retired from international cricket in 1991, leaving behind a legacy of power and aggression unmatched by many. His contribution to West Indies cricket and his impact on the sport as a whole have solidified his place among the game’s greatest players.

Beyond his playing days, Greenidge has remained involved in cricket, serving as a coach and mentor to future generations of cricketers. His insights, experience, and passion for the sport continue to inspire young athletes and ensure that his legacy lives on.

Cuthbert Gordon Greenidge will forever be remembered for his brooding intensity, his destructive strokeplay, and his unwavering commitment to the West Indies cricket team. His imprint on the sport and his status as a legend are cemented in the annals of cricketing history.

Gordon Greenidge Career Stats

Gordon Greenidge Batting Stats

Batting Matches Innings Nos Runs High Score Ave BF SR 100s 50s 4s 6s Ct St
Tests 108 185 16 7558 226 44.72 - - 19 34 - 67 96 0
T20Is - - - - - - - - - - - - - -
ODIs 128 127 13 5134 133* 45.03 7908 64.92 11 31 - - 45 0
FC 523 889 75 37354 273* 45.88 - - 92 183 - - 516 0
List A 440 436 33 16349 186* 40.56 - - 33 94 - - 171 0
T20s - - - - - - - - - - - - - -

Gordon Greenidge Bowling Stats

Bowling Matches Innings Balls Runs Wkts BBI BBM Ave Econ SR 4w 5w 10w
Tests 108 2 26 4 0 - - - 0.92 - 0 0 0
T20Is - - - - - - - - - - - - -
ODIs 128 2 60 45 1 1/21 1/21 45 4.5 60 0 0 0
FC 523 - 955 479 18 5/49 - 26.61 3 53 - 1 0
List A 440 - 286 211 2 1/21 1/21 105.5 4.42 143 0 0 0
T20s - - - - - - - - - - - - -

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