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August 7, 2008

Trivia - batting

The new unbowlable

Charles Davis
Shivnarine Chanderpaul pulls on his way to 55, West Indies v Australia, 2nd Test, Antigua, June 1, 2008
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Although he is not the most dynamic batsman going around, Shivnarine Chanderpaul has been carving himself a most unusual statistical place in recent years. His career has been studded with extraordinary spells where he becomes near-impossible to dismiss. Since overcoming a foot problem and undergoing surgery in 2000, he has made a habit of stringing unbeaten innings together, so much so that he has batted for more than 1000 minutes between dismissals on four separate occasions, twice in the past year. His last four Test innings, in the series against Australia, spanned 1115 minutes before until at last he fell lbw to Stuart Clark.

For comparison, consider that only five other batsmen have ever gone unbeaten for over 1000 minutes, none of them more than once.

Longest batting between dismissals
Player Minutes Balls Runs Scores
S Chanderpaul (2001/02) 1513 1051 362 67*, 101*, 136*, 58
JH Kallis (2001/02) 1241 908 456 157*, 42*, 189*, 68
SR Tendulkar (2003/04) 1224 879 497 241*, 60*, 194*, 2
R Dravid (2000/01) 1145 791 473 41*, 200*, 70*, 162
S Chanderpaul (2007/08) 1115 689 313 107*, 77*, 79*, 50
S Chanderpaul (2007) 1074 677 322 116*, 136*, 70
S Chanderpaul (2004) 1031 698 371 101*, 128*, 97*, 45
N Hussain (1999/2000) 1023 744 231 70*, 146*, 15
Shoaib Mohammad (1990/91) 1007 634 308 203*, 105

These are all relatively recent events, thanks partly to the fact that over-rates are much slower than in olden days. But if we turn to balls faced, Chanderpaul still leads. He is the only batsman to ever face 1000 balls without getting out.

Most balls faced between dismissals
Player Balls Minutes Runs Scores
S Chanderpaul (2001/02) 1051 1513 362 67*, 101*, 136*, 58
WR Hammond (1928/29) 980 703 296 119*, 177
Hanif Mohammad* (1957/58) 930 973 337 337
JH Kallis (2001/02) 908 1241 456 157*, 42*, 189*, 68
SR Tendulkar (2003/04) 879 1224 497 241*, 60*, 194*, 2
L Hutton (1938) 847 797 364 364
GS Sobers (1957/58) 800 876 490 365*, 125
R Dravid (2000/01) 791 1145 473 41*, 200*, 70*, 162
KF Barrington (1964/65) 780 913 323 54*, 148*, 121
*Balls faced for Hanif is an estimate.

A striking feature is Chanderpaul’s highest score in these purple patches is only 136 not out. It is a sign of the general weakness of his team’s batting, as well as his defensive nature, that he so often is left unbeaten without making huge scores. It could certainly be argued West Indies are losing out on potential runs because of this; perhaps he should bat higher in the order.

Curiously, the 362 runs he scored in that 1000-ball sequence is not even in the Top 20 for most runs between dismissals, which is led by Tendulkar (497) and Sobers (490) in the tables above. Chanderpaul is in the Top 20 thanks to his 371 runs in 2004/05, but well down the list.

One reason for his success is that Chanderpaul has become the nearest thing to an unbowlable batsman seen in Test cricket. This has developed in recent years as his technique has changed. Even though he has been out bowled in 11% of his dismissals, not an especially low figure, many of these dismissals came earlier in his career. From 2004 to 2007, Chanderpaul played a sequence of 57 innings without being out bowled. He scored 2629 runs, faced 5693 balls, and batted over 138 hours without anyone hitting his wicket! Javed Miandad (2055) is the only other batsman to score over 2000 runs without being bowled, although Kumar Sangakkara is now right in the hunt for this record, having scored 1983 runs since he last heard the death rattle. Adam Parore of New Zealand batted 77 times before he was out bowled for the first time in a Test match, scoring 1937 runs.

One other curiosity: Chanderpaul is known for his caution, yet has made one of the fastest Test centuries of all time. His normal scoring rate is just over 43 runs/100 balls: among current batsmen, only Rahul Dravid has scored more runs at a slower rate. Yet Chanderpaul has to his credit the fastest century ever scored against Australia, and the fourth-fastest in all Tests, 69 balls in Georgetown (his home ground) in 2003. Has anyone ever batted quite so “out of character”? Perhaps not. The next fastest century by Chanderpaul, 140 balls (in the same series) is less than half as fast as his best, and the average of his other centuries is 212 balls. No other major batsman has a fastest century so unlike all his others.

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Posted by Chirag on (August 15, 2008, 23:29 GMT)

rember chanderpaul averaged 45 after ten years, and its only in these last few years his average has improved but statiscs dont tell that much about consistency, ie look at sehwag his average is 50+ only given the fact his centuries are very big and is not a consitant performer,

Posted by Mohamed Rahaman on (August 15, 2008, 21:56 GMT)

Shiv plays with the card he is dealt. If anyone deserves to be selfish once in a while, it's Shiv. They shuffeled him in as opener, 1st down, 2nd down etc. Since teh India series in teh WI several yeras ago, when he scored several centuries and was left Not out several times, I have been saying that Shiv should bat at least 1 place earlier in the batting order. To me Shiv has surpassed the great Lloyd and Kanhai as Guyana's best. Sadly however, race is still a problem in WI cricket, especially amongst some of Shiv peers and it is my humble opinion, that they will never give Shiv his full due. Amongst most of the fans of all races and religions, however, he is seen as the Rock and he continues to win converts. I think the author or any writer would be wise to compare Shiv's determination and courage to the situation under which he grew up in Guyana...hard times indeed and one does whatever it takes to survive. We are proud of our Shiv. He bats like no one else can.

Posted by Abiose on (August 15, 2008, 20:01 GMT)

Chanders is a really good player, i played with him in his under 16 and 19 days for GCC. I was at the other end when he scored his first century for GCC UNDER-16 team. What i remember most about our parthnership was that i could hardly get any strike and yet we added 100plus. He was excellent at farming the strike. There is some value in farming the strike....... See Sir Viv 189 not out. I believe he should do that more with the tail, at the end of the day is the spectator's entertainment that matters, not records.

Posted by lil R on (August 12, 2008, 5:46 GMT)

Shiv is the most dedicated cricketer in world.The man just love cricket and he keep making runs,earlier on in his career he used to do a better job keeping the strike with the tail.But i think he is fed up with a tail that never produce. To know Richie Richardson try his best to keep shiv out of the Side and he is still there tells you about his determination. Its a shame someone like Richie is considered a legend and not shiv...Its a joke I tell you.

Posted by Marcus on (August 11, 2008, 6:33 GMT)

Markc

Chanderpaul averages 48.4 against Australia- on par with everyone else on your list.

Posted by markc on (August 11, 2008, 1:39 GMT)

Lets not get carried away, Shiva might be a hard bloke to dismiss and carry around a high average due to many not outs but for people to say he ranks behind sachin and lara is stupidity. I think you will find blokes like Kallis and Shewag, Dravid, Vaughan, Pietersen, Yousuf and Sangakkara have much better records against Australia then him then you can add Ponting and Hayden and you have an easy 8 players of this time that are better than him. He may be great for Wind cricket and he does give them that rock in there batting order but does he destroy bowling attacks on a regular basis or does he 9 times out of 10 play for Chanders and not the Windies.

[Response: the original post is not about Chanderpaul's ranking but about some unusual aspects of his career. Please no more general comments on whether he is a better or worse player than x or y.]

Posted by sanjay on (August 10, 2008, 21:00 GMT)

test cricket is a game of attrition..where the real batsmen are truly tested..chanderpaul is one such player..he may not be the flambouyant entertainer as lara but he is the most solid an consitent batsman in cricket rite now who can adapt to any situation whose skill is only surpassed by his humility..an for those lara haters..d man is d greatest

Posted by salim on (August 10, 2008, 15:25 GMT)

@ : rajesh ....i didnt suggest that Tendulkar was inconsistent, my comment was more aimed at 'Steven' talking a loud of nonsense. Lara and Tendulkar have been very consistent over the years. However i wonder if Tendulkar has ever had such a poor series i.e. 95 runs in 6 innings? Can anyone confirm this?

Posted by American on (August 10, 2008, 14:53 GMT)

Shiv has been a loyal servant of WI cricket for a long time now. If WI had 2 Shiv's, then Lara's records would have been double.

For those of you who stupidly calls Shiv, selfish, then you really don't understand cricket. Batting with WI lower order is arguably the most frustrating job in cricket.

If Lara was in a team with batters like Dravid, Laxman, Ganguly, Sehwag, then he would have scored 100 test centuries.

It begs the question, was hasn't Tendulkar scored more runs and centuries.

Shiv and Lara had and has the burden of carrying the batting all by themselves, and to succeed to the extent they have,means they were and are great.

In contrast, Tendulkar never faced a critical media, never faced a cricis everytime he came out to bat, like Shiv and Lara before him, had those pan cake subcontinental pitches to bat on, yet he cannot break the record- that he and India is praying for-

Sachin is selfish, Lara and Shiv were and not.

Posted by American on (August 10, 2008, 14:52 GMT)

Shiv has been a loyal servant of WI cricket for a long time now. If WI had 2 Shiv's, then Lara's records would have been double.

For those of you who stupidly calls Shiv, selfish, then you really don't understand cricket. Batting with WI lower order is arguably the most frustrating job in cricket.

If Lara was in a team with batters like Dravid, Laxman, Ganguly, Sehwag, then he would have scored 100 test centuries.

It begs the question, was hasn't Tendulkar scored more runs and centuries.

Shiv and Lara had and has the burden of carrying the batting all by themselves, and to succeed to the extent they have,means they were and are great.

In contrast, Tendulkar never faced a critical media, never faced a cricis everytime he came out to bat, like Shiv and Lara before him, had those pan cake subcontinental pitches to bat on, yet he cannot break the record- that he and India is praying for-

Sachin is selfish, Lara and Shiv were and not.

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