Home' Trinidad and Tobago Guardian : January 25th 2016 Contents played 164 test matches, scored 11 867 runs at an
average of 51.37 with 96 scores over 50- 66 fifty s
and 30 hundreds. His highest score was 203 not out
achieved twice: first against South Africa in 2005 in
Guyana and then against Bangladesh in 2012 in
Bangladesh. He finished his test career second in
aggregate runs for all West Indies batsmen behind
Brian Lara s 11 953.
He played 268 ODI matches, scored 8778 runs with
an average of 41.60. He had 70 scores over 50 (59
fifty s and 11 hundreds). His highest score was 150
against South Africa in 1999 in South Africa.
His overall first class record speaks volume of a
player who strived to be the best that he could have
been. Unless he continues playing, his overall first
class record would
read, 349 matches,
25 399 runs, with a
highest score 303
not out and an aver-
age of 54.38. He had
204 scores over 50
(133 fifty s and 71
centuries). He holds
the regional record
for the highest score
of 303 not out
be remembered as
the WI batsman
with the most awkward and fidgety batting stance
yet still very obdurate and tenacious in demonstrating
great powers of unflappable concentration. He may
not have possessed the elegance and finesse of Gordon
Greenidge, Vivian Richards, Carl Hooper or Lara, but
he was always prepared to play within his limitations
and doggedly grind opposition bowlers to the ground.
There would have been times when his unyielding
style would have had crowds murmuring for him to
step on the runs accelerator. But that was Shiv Chan-
derpaul style whether it was liked or not.
However, Chanderpaul will also be remembered
for some pulsating aggressive un-characteristic innings.
The two innings that stand out. In 1996, on a turning
track in Sydney, Chanderpaul launched a blistering
assault on Shane Warne while scoring 71 off 68 balls
with 10 fours. In 2003, Chanderpaul scored 100 of
69 balls against the likes of McGrath and Warne. At
the time it was the third fastest test century.
In 1994, Chanderpaul was 75 not out in a 5th wicket
partnership of 219 runs with Brian Lara who scored
375 and broke Sir Garfield Sobers 36 year old highest
test score of 365 not out. In 2003 in Antigua, Chan-
derpaul scored 104 against Australia as West Indies
established a new world record for scoring 418 runs
to win the test match.
In 2008 Chanderpaul was recognised for his out-
standing consistent performances when he was voted
one of the Five Wisden Cricketers of the Year and he
was also named the ICC Cricketer of the Year in 2008.
The end of Chanderpaul s career also signals the
last of the 20th century players to represent the West
Indies. He entered the team in the pre-hyper com-
mercialised period where test cricket was the main
focus and the major economic distraction was break-
down of negotiations between the WICB and players.
After 21 years, the relationship between the WICB
and the players continue to be fractious. Additionally,
WI cricket continues to slide downwards in test and
ODIs. However, the hope of revivalism resides with
the T20 format.
It can be argued that Chanderpaul was the last of
the West Indies players who was able to demonstrate
his skills and ability optimally and consistently over
the duration of his career as exemplified by his final
statistics. In the post Lara-Chanderpaul period the
challenge has to be taken up by players such as Kraigg
Braithwaite and Darren Bravo to continue the tradition
of great WI batsmanship. They have to stamp their
authority which can go a long way toward developing
other test batsmen.
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After 21 years (1994-2015) of soldiering for West
Indies cricket, Shivnarine Chanderpaul has called
time on his international career.
Throughout his career, Chanderpaul wore the
maroon West Indies cap with great pride, intent and
purpose. There was never an inkling of questioning
his commitment to West Indies cricket. In the post
Brian Lara period, he stood tall and firm becoming
the bedrock of the batting. He had a high price on
his wicket from his first test innings of 62 against
England in 1994 in his homeland of Guyana to the
end of his career.
His test and ODI records are rather impressive. He
'Tiger'---all pride, intent and purpose
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