Greenidge reached Kotla by metro, said T20 International should not replace ODI
The 71-year-old Greenidge, who arrived in the national capital, reached Ferozeshah Kotla by Delhi Metro from Terminal 3 of the Delhi airport. The bat manufacturer, which invited Greenidge for a promotional event, created the event in view of the heavy traffic due to a political event.
Gordon Greenidge, who was part of the golden era of West Indies cricket in the 1970s and 1980s, still sees ‘Test only’ as he is not yet ready for the T20 format. The 71-year-old Greenidge, who arrived in the national capital, reached Ferozeshah Kotla by Delhi Metro from Terminal 3 of the Delhi airport. The bat manufacturer, which invited Greenidge for a promotional event, created the event in view of the heavy traffic due to a political event.
One can bet that hardly anyone in the Metro would have recognized the man whose square cuts were the most flamboyant and still remembered by contemporary players. Greenidge told the media, “I am not criticizing T20 but it is not my game. Yes, it is here and will be here. It’s exciting and it’s fun too. When you go to a sport, you want to enjoy yourself. Yes, it is good to watch but it is not a match that I watch regularly.
He said, “I am a Test match person and I have always been like that. So this is not a criticism, but this is my personal opinion. Greenidge scored a total of 30 international centuries, including 19 Test centuries. He said that T20 is purely a ‘spectators game’ and not a cricketer’s game. So when asked whether ODIs will become less relevant with the passage of time, he said, “To be honest, personally I don’t want T20 cricket to replace 50 overs. I believe that T20 is purely a spectator’s game and not a cricketer’s game. To me it’s like fast food. Test match is the real cricket. 50 overs in the middle, 20 overs and now it’s 10 overs. Where are you going from here? Two overs, one over?
“It used to hurt me but it doesn’t hurt me anymore because I don’t watch cricket anymore,” he replied to a PTI question about the steady decline of West Indies cricket. Only if it is Test cricket or some young player that I have heard of is being talked about, I will try to find out. I will watch that player alone and make my decision. But I don’t usually go to the ground and watch cricket, especially T20. Not a pleasant way for a batsman to lose his wicket (like this).
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