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25 June 201402:32

Around the wicket with: Mark Greatbatch

Recently we caught up with one of the great innovators of ICC Cricket World Cup history – former New Zealand opening batsman Mark Greatbatch.

Around the wicket with: Mark Greatbatch - Cricket News

Mark Greatbatch set the ICC Cricket World Cup 1992 alight with his powerful hitting at the top of the order for New Zealand.

In 1992, Greatbatch pioneered pinch-hitting in One Day International cricket by batting aggressively in the opening ten overs of the ICC Cricket World Cup, charging pace bowlers and hitting over the infield.

We went around the wicket with Greatbatch to ask him six questions about his experiences in ODI cricket.

Of the 13 sixes you hit at the 1992 ICC Cricket World Cup, which is your favourite?
It would have to be hitting Malcolm Marshall over cover. The next ball he came down and said he was going to hurt me if I tried it again. I said, don’t worry I won’t be doing it again!

Best atmosphere you experienced?
That would have to be Eden Park, in front of a full house during the 1992 ICC Cricket World Cup.

Your best ODI innings?
Against England at Headingly in 1990 (Greatbatch scored 102*). That was where I played league cricket, I had a bunch of mates watching and we chased about 300 down to win. Back in those days it was a decent score to chase down.

Favourite ICC Cricket World Cup memory?
John Wright dancing on the music jukebox at the Cook Hotel in Dunedin!

Fastest bowler faced?
It would have to be Wasim Akram or Waqar Younis, followed up by Alan Donald. Wasim and Waqar were scary and swung it at pace.

Your pick to win the ICC Cricket World Cup 2015?
I would go Sri Lanka or New Zealand. If New Zealand can get on a roll on home soil it has every chance.

Mark Greatbatch ICC Cricket World Cup record:
Tournaments: 1 (1992)
Matches: 7
Runs: 313
HS: 73
50s: 3
Average: 44.71