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Guardian www.guardian.co.tt Thursday, November 14, 2013
ST JOHN S--Several legends of West Indies Cricket
have hailed left-hander Shivnarine Chanderpaul
as he prepares to play what will be a West Indies
record 150th Test match.
Three West Indies batting greats---Sir Everton
Weekes, Rohan Kanhai and Desmond Haynes---
applauded Chanderpaul and urged him to celebrate
the occasion. The match will be played against India
at the Wankhede Stadium in Mumbai and will also
be the 200th and final Test match for India s batting
great Sachin Tendulkar.
The match started last night (11 pm TT time).
"It will be a West Indian record and to play 150
Test matches tells you all you need to know about
his stamina and longevity. He has not changed his
style---which is a very beautiful thing---he has remained
a batsman who bats for long periods and always
looks to secure his wicket," said Sir Everton.
"Chanderpaul s style is unique and quite different
to that of most West Indians but he has done a mag-
nificent job for West Indies cricket. I want to wish
him all the very best in this historic match," added
Sir Everton, who played 48 Tests and averaged 58.61
runs per innings.
The 39-year-old Chanderpaul made his Test debut
in 1994 against England at Bourda. He enters the
historic Test with 10,897 runs at an average of 51.89
and made 28 hundreds and 61 half-centuries. Only
fellow left-hander Brian Lara has scored more runs
(11,953) for West Indies.
Kanhai, who played 79 Tests between 1957 and
1974, praised Chanderpaul for his ability to bat for
long periods and never get flustered.
"I first saw him playing years ago in Guyana and
was always impressed. Back them he was a raw
youngster with bundles of talent and immense con-
centration. He has blossomed to become one of the
great cricketers of the world," Kanhai said.
"I want to urge the West Indies first four can take
leaf out of Chanderpual s book and look to bat for
a long period. If they do we will do well, and look
to make 350 to 400 runs in first innings."
Chanderpaul was named the International Cricket
Council s Player of the Year in 2008. He has scored
4,161 runs at an average of 70.52 runs per innings
in 48 Tests since 2007 including 14 hundreds.
Haynes, who played 116 Tests, praised Chander-
paul s approach to his batting.
"When he first came into the West Indies team
I was still around and I remember seeing a little boy
and I was very impressed with his ability. He was
someone who was driven and was determined to get
He came into Test cricket with a good attitude
towards batting---always looking to bat long and play
within his limitation and I was pleased with his
progress," said Haynes.
"A very memorable moment for him was when
he batted with Brian Lara when he (Lara) broke Sir
Garry Sobers s record in Antigua. Not many people
remember the role Shiv played on that day but I will
always recall how he stayed at the crease and did the
KINGSTON---Former West Indies
fast bowler Michael Holding says
he does not agree with the former
Indian captain Rahul Dravid who
has suggested that middle order
batsman Shivnarine Chanderpaul
be promoted in the order.
Dravid made the suggestion fol-
lowing West Indies humiliating
defeat to India by an innings and 51
runs in the first test match which
finished inside three days.
Holding says, however, other bats-
men need to step up their game.
"I think though when you look at
the names and the talent of the guys
that are in this West Indies team,
he is batting at the right position,"
"Young Darren Bravo, he should
have been producing a lot more runs.
He should have been the one coming
in at three or four and getting a lot
of runs and Shivnarine Chanderpaul
stay in at number five. Remember
he is not a young man anymore."
Chanderpaul was among the lead-
ing scorers for West Indies in the
first test against India---31 not out
According to Dravid: "He is bat-
ting a little bit too low in this kind
of batting line up where their batting
is almost ending at number five. You
can t have their best batsman as your
last recognised batsman so to speak".
Chanderpaul was set to become
the first West Indies player to appear
in 150 Tests, and the seventh player
to achieve the landmark as West
Indies play India in the second Test
late yesterday (11 pm TT Time).
Holding has appealed to the likes
of Marlon Samuels and Darren Bravo
to come to the party.
"Samuels, again a very talented
batsman for the West indies. The
two openers, Darren Bravo, Samuels
should be the first four then Chan-
derpaul. I have no problems with
that," said Holding.
"Samuels and Bravo, you can t
call them youngsters anymore and
that they need grooming... they need
to take up their responsibility and
let Chanderpaul stay at five". (CMC)
Holding disagrees with Dravid on Chanders
Shiv on 150th Test
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