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April 30, 1983: Gordon Greenidge and the 'Tragic Century'

Cricketnext Staff | Updated: April 30, 2017, 4:26 PM IST
April 30, 1983: Gordon Greenidge and the 'Tragic Century'

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On April 30, exactly 34 years to this day, West Indies' Gordon Greenidge became first and only person in Test cricket history to be 'retired not out'.

The incident happened during the fifth Test match between Clive Lloyd-led West Indies and Kapil Dev's India at Antigua Recreation Ground in Antigua.

After West Indies bowled out India for 457 in their first innings, Caribbean opener Greenidge batted fiercely and stitched 296 runs with Desmond Haynes for the opening wicket.

Greenidge was batting on 154 when he got the news of his ailing daughter. The opener had to rush from Antigua to Barbados to be beside his daughter.

Sadly, two days later his daughter died.

As a mark of respect, it was decided that Greenidge should be made retired not out.

Greenidge became the first and only person in the history of Test cricket as 'retired not out'.

First Published: April 30, 2017, 4:26 PM IST
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