Greenidge began his career as a cricketer within County Cricket of which was prior to him playing for Barbados. He thus played for many seasons with Hampshire in the English County Championship, where he batted as an opener with Barry Richards. As so he could have been called up to feature for England. With such he went on to make an appearance for Scotland. As a whole in his first class career, he scored 37,000 runs with 92 centuries altogether.
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 went on to form 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.
Greenidge scored two double centuries against England in the 1984 summer Test series. This series was also known as the Blackwash series which WI won by a margin of 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 in late July. The 214 not out came upon the fifth and last day of the Test Match as West Indies successfully chased 342 for victory. It remains the highest run chase at Lords.
Greenidge became the first player in 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.
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 is currently on the West Indies selection committee for Test matches, along with Viv Richards.
Greenidge went to also pursue a career as a coach. He became the coach of the Bangladeshi national cricket team in 1997. Under his guidance Bangladesh were crowned as the champions of the 1997 ICC Trophy. Along with this victory came the chance to play at their first World Cup in 1999. Soon afterwards Greenidge was named as an the honorary citizen of the country. He also was at the helm of Bangladesh as he took them to the 1999 Cricket World Cup altogether. As so the Tigers went on to be promoted to Test playing status after their exemplary performances during the World Cup.
His son Carl Greenidge is a former cricketer who also coaches at Bancroft’s School with John Lever.
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, 9×4, 1×6)||West Indies won by 9 wickets.|
|2||Pakistan||Kennington Oval, London||20 June 1979||73 (107 balls, 5×4, 1×6)||West Indies won by 43 runs.|
|3||England||Brisbane Cricket Ground, Brisbane||23 December 1979||85* (122 balls, 9×4, 1×6)||West Indies won by 9 wickets.|
|4||England||Sydney Cricket Ground, Sydney||22 January 1980||1 Ct, ; 98* (155 balls, 9×4)||West Indies won by 8 wickets.|
|5||Pakistan||Melbourne Cricket Ground, Melbourne||21 November 1981||103 (161 balls, 5×4, 1×6)||West Indies won by 18 runs.|
|6||Pakistan||Sydney Cricket Ground, Sydney||12 January 1982||84 (122 balls, 9×4, 3×6)||West Indies won by 7 wickets.|
|7||India||Queen’s Park, St. George’s||7 April 1983||64 (95 balls, 5×4, 2×6)||West Indies won by 7 wickets.|
|8||Zimbabwe||New Road, Worcester||13 June 1983||105* (147 balls, 5×4, 1×6)||West Indies won by 8 wickets.|
|9||India||Moti Bagh Stadium, Vadodara||9 November 1983||63 (114 balls)||West Indies won by 4 wickets.|
|10||India||Nehru Stadium, Indore||1 December 1983||96 (127 balls: 10×4, 1×6)||West Indies won by 8 wickets.|
|11||Sri Lanka||Sydney Cricket Ground, Sydney||17 January 1985||67 (84 balls, 7×4, 1×6) ; 1 Ct.||West Indies won by 65 runs.|
|12||Sri Lanka||Adelaide Oval, Adelaide||26 January 1985||110 (128 balls, 15×4)||West Indies won by 8 wickets.|
|13||Pakistan||Arbab Niaz Stadium, Peshawar||17 October 1986||67 (104 balls, 8×4)||West Indies won by 4 wickets.|
|14||Australia||WACA Ground, Perth||4 January 1987||100 (119 balls, 12×4) ; 1 Ct.||West Indies won by 164 runs.|
|15||New Zealand||Eden Park, Auckland||21 March 1987||104 (100 balls, 9×4, 4×6)||West Indies won by 6 wickets.|
|15||New Zealand||AMI Stadium, Christchurch||28 March 1987||133* (140 balls, 16×4, 4×6)||West Indies won by 10 wickets.|
|16||Pakistan||Queen’s Park Oval, Port of Spain||20 March 1988||2 Ct. ; 66 (51 balls, 7×4, 3×6)||West Indies won by 7 wickets.|
|17||India||Queen’s Park Oval, Port of Spain||9 March 1989||70 (106 balls, 6×4, 2×6)||West Indies won by 6 wickets.|
|18||India||Antigua Recreation Ground, St. John’s||18 March 1989||1 Ct. ; 117 (123 balls, 7×4, 8×6)||West Indies won by 8 wickets.|