Scotland skipper Kyle Coetzer made a revelation regarding all-rounder, Chris Greaves, who put up a brilliant performance against Bangladesh last night in the T20 World Cup. Coetzer stated that Greaves used to work as a delivery man for Amazon, before playing for the national team.
Greaves was at the forefront of one of the best comebacks in T20Is on Sunday night. After Scotland was reduced to 51/6 batting first, Greaves stitched a couple of partnerships and revived the innings, taking the total to 140.
He then turned the heat up with the ball, dismissing the two most experienced Bangladesh batsmen, Shakib Al Hasan and Mushfiqur Rahim. Scotland upset Bangladesh by 6 runs and got their tournament off on the right note.
“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,” Coetzer said.
Players like Chris Greaves need a platform to show their talent, says Kyle Coetzer
The Scottish skipper further asserted that the depth in talent in associate nations is quite deep. Unfortunately, they don’t get the right platform to express it. However, the World Cup is one of the places where associate nations get a chance to display their skills.
“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 Associate cricket. They just need the platform to show it,” Coetzer added.
Scotland now needs to win at least one of their two games to all but guarantee a shot at making it to the Super-12 stage of the T20 World Cup.