Cricket News By TODAYLIVESCORE.INFO - Coetzer lauds 'delivery man' Greaves after Bangladesh upset. Greaves picked up two vital Bangladesh wickets after making a 28-ball 45.
Greaves picked up two vital Bangladesh wickets after making a 28-ball 45.
Scotland skipper Kyle Coetzer on Sunday hailed ‘Amazon delivery man' Chris Greaves for his sacrifices to take up cricket and help his side to a six-run win over Bangladesh in the 2021 T20 WC opener in Oman.
The 31-year-old Greaves, who was not even a regular feature in the Scotland side a month ago and only claimed his spot in the playing XI on the back of a four-wicket haul against Netherlands, starred both with bat and ball to script an early upset in the first round match in Muscat.
Greaves made 45 off 28 balls to lift Scotland from a precarious 53 for 6 to the eventual score of 140 for 9 and later picked two crucial wicket – Shakib al Hasan and Mushfiqur Rahim – with his legspin to put them back in the game and restrict Bangladesh to only 134 for 9 in reply.
“It was an incredible day for him but certainly it wasn't a surprise for us. We knew he had the ability to do this,” said Coetzer after the game, heaping praise on the allrounder.
“I am really proud of Greaves. He really sacrificed a lot. He was delivering parcels for Amazon not too long ago, and now is getting Player of the Match against Bangladesh. I am not sure if he will appreciate me saying this.
“Seeing the performance from Mark Watt and Chris Greaves with the bat today, they are lesser-known people who had to make many sacrifices to get to where they are today. Greaves isn't a contracted player in Scotland. He was on the fringes. He put his hand up, worked extremely hard and put himself in the picture. Going back a month, he wouldn't even start in one of these games. Look at what he has done. It is just proof in the pudding that there are some quality players around in Associate cricket. They just need the platform to show it.”
Coetzer urged the International Cricket Council to give more opportunities to the Associate nations to show their skills at the highest level. “The exposure is really, really important for us and any Associate team. Sides like Scotland, Nepal or Malaysia when they perform and have a good game and win games of cricket it drives the cricket within their country,” said Coetzer.
“The youngsters aspire to try and play the game and when those opportunities are dried up, so to speak, it's very hard to encourage the cricket in the country. So you want to see strong performances, you want to see your country on the TV. We certainly want to make a scene. This is our opportunity, this is our platform to do that.
“It (the win) showed the strength and depth we have amongst our players and the belief we have. That certainly is a great start to the tournament,” he said.
The top two teams from Group B will advance into the Super 12 stage of the World Cup and Scotland are behind table-toppers Oman, who thrashed Papua New Guinea by 10 wickets in their tournament opener earlier in the day.