To the rescue!
veteran gordon greenidge training trinidadian adrian barath
PORT-OF-SPAIN – Out-of-favour West Indies opening batsman Adrian Barath is trying to revive his stalled international career.
And he has called on arguably the region’s greatest ever opening batsman in Gordon Greenidge to assist him get back on the right track.
“Currently I am in training under the watchful eyes of Gordon Greenidge which is somewhat of a private thing at the moment. Greenidge organised a ten-day programme which began on Monday last week and is conducted on afternoons after we have concluded national training, so it’s really an interesting thing,” Barath said.
The young Trinidadian said that he considered Greenidge to be one of the best opening batsmen the West Indies had produced and that there was much to learn from him.
“I intend to use this opportunity to gain as much knowledge and confidence so I am looking forward to the next five days. Additionally, this presents the opportunity for me to build a relationship with him and understand what made him such a special player, especially since in his time, they did not have the facilities and technology we have today, so it would be interesting to find out what they did in order to perform consistently at the highest level,” Barath said.
He added: “We all live in a modern era and it’s all different now, so it will be good to hear what he has to impart, so I am looking forward to the sessions ahead.”
Barath revealed that he was doing well with respect to his fitness and had not endured any health issues lately. His intention, he explained, was to build on that and position himself to perform well for Trinidad and Tobago in the upcoming season and hopefully get back on the West Indies team.
Barath scored a century on his Test debut against Australia in 2009 but has since been plagued with injury and indifferent form. He did not figure against New Zealand in the recent Test series, was not part of the World T20 squad and was left out of the West Indies squad currently on tour of Bangladesh.
In Barath’s absence, opening contender Kieran Powell has started to cement his position at the top of the order with Chris Gayle. Following a century against the Kiwis, Powell scored a century in each innings of the first Test against Bangladesh in Mirpur as the West Indies won by 77 runs.