May 18, 2012

West Indies cricket

Chanderpaul is the modern George Headley

Carlyle Laurie

Before the start of the first Test between England and West Indies, Brian Lara said that Shivnarine Chanderpaul should bat up the order. But Scyld Berry, writing for the Daily Telegraph, says that without Chanderpaul batting at number five, West Indies would fall apart.

Chanderpaul holds the world Test record for batting the longest period without being dismissed. You try doing something for 1,513 consecutive minutes: that is some feat for a start. Then try doing it for 1,513 minutes with 11 fit men trying to thwart you. He ought to be sponsored by a motoring organisation. He repairs innings when they break down, salvaging collapses and wrecks. Some have criticised Chanderpaul for not batting higher than five. Maybe they have a point; or maybe they are talking about strong batting sides. Without their left-hander’s glue at No5, West Indies would fall apart.


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