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Chanderpaul No. 1 Test batsman after three years

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April 29, 2012

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Shivnarine Chanderpaul played another important hand, West Indies v Australia, 2nd Test, Port-of-Spain, April 17, 2012
Shivnarine Chanderpaul's ranking dipped to No. 15 before he made his way back up © AFP
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West Indies batsman Shivnarine Chanderpaul has regained the No.1 ranking for Test batsmen after nearly three years. Chanderpaul was the leading run-scorer in the recently concluded home Test series against Australia with 346 runs at an average of 86.50. Australia, after winning the series 2-0, moved up to No. 3 in the ICC Test rankings, replacing India.

Chanderpaul reached the top after his twin half-centuries in the final Test in Dominica, moving ahead of the South African duo of Jacques Kallis and AB de Villiers. He also passed the 10,000-run mark in the series.

Chanderpaul last attained the No. 1 ranking in July 2008 and held it for seven months. He briefly dropped to No. 2 in February 2009, but returned to the top spot three Tests later, after the fifth Test against England in Trinidad. In May 2009 he lost his spot to Pakistan batsman Younis Khan. Chanderpaul's ranking slipped to as low as No. 15 before he made his way back up.

"It feels good to be back in the top spot in Test cricket," Chanderpaul said. "I am batting well at the moment, and when things are going well for you at the crease, you try to keep going and building and look to make the most of every innings you play."

Australia began their tour of the West Indies on equal points with India. The win gave them a one-point lead over India.

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Posted by Meety on (May 2, 2012, 10:19 GMT)

@ jmcilhinney - how long is a piece of string? If the "string" extends from the SL test series, Oz are in good shape. Really how relevant is the Ashes now? A new regime, a new coach(s), new players. The next Ashes will almost odds on be something like 2009 or 2005, (with a different winner!). The 2010/11 Oz ashes campaign, was a disaster which started with a money grabbing tour of India, when the boys should of been playing Shield cricket - handing away home advantage. The selectors then sold out by turning the 1st test squad into a marketing gimmick with a cast of 1000s, (Doherty ahead of Hauritz?), then picking players who ultimately were not fit for duty - Bollinger, Hilfy & Siddle. Great series win for England (no denying, I'd underline that if I could), the fact remains though - despite all I just mentioned - it was 1all with 2 tests to go.

Posted by JG2704 on (May 2, 2012, 8:20 GMT)

jasonpete on (May 01 2012, 07:45 AM GMT) So when you say away performances you are basing it purely on the SC ? SA certainly outdid Eng vs Pak and Aus outdid Eng vs SL but how did SA do last time they were in SL? Maybe you could look that up. Winning both at home and away are both taken seriously - or did you realise as you typed that SA have drawn most of their home series and Aus recently drew at home to NZ. If you gain more kudos for winning away series then surely by the same token you lose kudos for not winning series at home?

Posted by jmcilhinney on (May 2, 2012, 1:23 GMT)

@jasonpete, winning away is hard and to be respected but Australia were thrashed by England and drew with NZ at home while SA have been very inconsistent. Why should a team be revered for winning away if they can't win consistently at home? The argument about winning away goes to the greatness of a team. No team who can't win away can be considered great but neither can a team that can't win at home. If you win half your games away but lose half your games at home are you really any better than a team that wins all their games at home but loses all their games away? 50% is 50%. England may have lost 3-0 in UAE but at least they didn't lose 3-1 with three innings defeats at home.

Posted by   on (May 1, 2012, 13:06 GMT)

Shiv will go down as argubly the biggest unsung hero in the history of West Indies cricket. He just quietly goes about his business and performs on such a consistant level. His appetite for batting and occupying the crease is a throwback to the type of top-order batman, who bats the innings whilst the rest of the team bats around them. Dravid and Kallis did it brilliantly for their respected countries and Cook and Trott simular type of intent is the reason why England became number 1. As some others have mentioned, maybe the Board should consider hiring Chanders as a part-time Coach, to teach the other players concentration, application and discipline, which is badly needed in the batting line-up. I'd even go as far to have Shiv in my WI all time eleven, which would be only based on the players i've seen in my lifetime.

Posted by scottyg on (May 1, 2012, 10:38 GMT)

Why don't all of the West Indies follow his lead and stop batting like a club side?

Posted by jasonpete on (May 1, 2012, 7:45 GMT)

Valavan,In comparison with England ,SA and Australia away performances are always better and last few series proved it..England (spin weakness )and India (pace weakness) perform good only in their home conditions better (or in other places similar to their home conditions ). Winning at home is not taken seriously compared to winning Away series which SA and Australia doing it consistently.

Posted by Meety on (May 1, 2012, 7:09 GMT)

@dunger.bob - very good (& cynical) points. I think the "...some boards actively weighting their itineraries towards away series where conditions suit them best..." can be avoided if you use a system whereby the series (say India v SL in SL), can only replace the previous occassion India played in SL. So assuming the BCCI wanted to manipulate the Rankings (totally for the sake of arguement), & not tour Oz again in the next 10 years - the 4nil drubbing stays on their record until such time as they tour again, (no points degradation). Fact is, regardless of where a series is played, most teams struggle away from home most of the time (IMO). Again (for supposition), should India choose to host Bangladesh & Zimbabwe every year for the next 10 years, there will be no gain (except for player stats), as each year the series replaces the last & even if India win say 3nil every year, there will be ZERO net effect. What do you reckon?

Posted by dunger.bob on (May 1, 2012, 2:25 GMT)

I'd like to say something about the 'should away wins be worth more points than home wins" debate. I think its fraught with danger and I've got a couple of reasons to think that way. First, I'm not convinced its actually fair. .. is it fair that SA beating Aust. in Aust. (where conditions are relatively similar to SA) is worth the same number of points as India beating England in England where the conditions are very different. Another example might be India beating Sri-Lanka in SL worth the same as NZ beating SL there. ..another reason, and this is a bit cynical, is that we could find some boards actively weighting their itineraries towards away series where conditions suit them best while avoiding series in those places where conditions definitely don't suit them. .. at the moment that is not an issue because there is no extra reward for winning away from home at all. .. I just think that messing around with this will turn out to be a nightmare in the end and not worth the effort.

Posted by Chris_P on (May 1, 2012, 0:03 GMT)

@ Valavan. Sorry to put a splinter in your judgment, but there is no way that NZ & English pitches are similar to Sth African & Australian. Totally different. @ Samdanh. Enjoyable reading from a true cricket fan, spot on! @ Dravid_Gravitas. India is still on 4th due to its historical credit of winning a collective number of series over a period of time. These are deducted in cycles, but credit where it's due, they got the points over a period of time & so should lose them at the same rate. All rises & falls are gradual, you won't see #1 drop to #8 in a short time. That said, they still have a number of points to defend in the next 18 months or so & will struggle to hold onto their present spot let alone rise even if they win series in close contests. West Indies, New Zealand & Pakistan have the greatest to gain while England will also hit their "wall" of losing points within the next 10 months. Well deserved to Shiv, btw, thumbs up!

Posted by   on (April 30, 2012, 23:59 GMT)

Chanderpaul again proving that age is no barrier in batsman's performance............Hence batsmen must not be dropped soley on the basis of age, rather their performance over the past 30 innings in same format must be looked at before dropping them in that particular format.

Posted by   on (April 30, 2012, 23:43 GMT)

Chanderpaul is underrated but wasn't Kanhai in the same boat? The fact is that unlike Kanhai the world has to sit and take notice of Chanderpaul's achievements and God willing he isn't finished yet. He still has a hunger for the game, like Tendulkar. It is great to know that he is Number 1 again. But most important is the realization that Chanders can be classed as truly great. He has always allowed his bat to do the talking but we his fans need to call on the governments of the Caribbean and of course the WICB to do something special to honor this legend.

Posted by   on (April 30, 2012, 23:33 GMT)

Chanderpaul ..an underrated great.........LARA always had his support in batting yet people falsely think that LARA was sole warrior in WI also he had support from great bowlers like Ambrose, Walsh...............yet he couldn't win enough matches for WI

Posted by Shan156 on (April 30, 2012, 21:03 GMT)

@Dravid_Gravitas, gracious comments from you as always. England's winter performance (in tests) was terrible too (save the last test in SL). India are entering a rebuilding phase now. They will emerge stronger. They should concentrate more on test cricket and would need to make a few strong decisions over the next year though. The gentleman of Indian cricket, Dravid, didn't let the selectors make that tough decision for him. Why Laxman wouldn't do the same is known only to him. It would be unfortunate if a player like Laxman is dropped.

Posted by JG2704 on (April 30, 2012, 20:40 GMT)

@IndnCrktfan on (April 30 2012, 18:46 PM GMT) I agree in the fact that because team A beats team B does and team C beats team A does not necessarily mean that team C beats team A. England were awful against quality spin in UAE and not great against SL. India , while awful against pace and bounce are almost certainly still better players of spin. Any chance we'll get a Ind/Pak series in the foreseeable future?

Posted by StatisticsRocks on (April 30, 2012, 18:49 GMT)

@Andre : Shiv has also been a thorn against us as well. His tenacity, his determination and his wierd stance at the crease have caused all sorts of problems to us in both tests and ODI's.

Posted by StatisticsRocks on (April 30, 2012, 18:46 GMT)

The last time India played Pak in a test match series was in 2007-08. So how can one rank the nations without having played each other even once in the last 4 years beats me. If you say we can assess the relative performance of IND and PAK against the same opposition at the same venues it might seem ok to some extent, but note that environmental conditions also play an important role in the outcome of a game and it is next to impossible to have similar environmental conditions all the time. It is very difficlut to come up with a deterministic model to rank the test playing nations but can use a probabilistic model provided one accounts for all confounding factors including the rank of the opposition, whether it is a 3-match series or 5-match series etc, using a weighted average approach and conditional probabilities. Same goes with ranking players as well. The WI of the 80's and the Aussies of the 90's made it very easy for the people ranking the nations. No mdl was needed.

Posted by   on (April 30, 2012, 18:29 GMT)

congratz to chanderpaul he deserve it

Posted by   on (April 30, 2012, 17:31 GMT)

Thanks for the wonderful years of service to WI cricket Shiv. The WICB and their head coach have demonstrated their ineptness by trying to get you out of the game. I am glad they were unsuccessful! Regaining the top spot is testimony to your powers of concentration, desire and commitment to your craft and WI cricket. I hope you enjoy many more years of success in the game. Good luck.

Posted by JG2704 on (April 30, 2012, 17:16 GMT)

@Samdanh on (April 30 2012, 12:57 PM GMT) Not sure. Gayle is a player who could have made a difference but I think he has been at loggerheads with the country for a while so may not have played regardless of IPL commitments. I don't believe Bravo would have made that much difference.I'm not even that sure Pollard has played that much cricket in the longer forms of the game and I feel he is overrated in the shorter forms and re Narine - Shillingford did exceptionally well so unless they were to play 2 spinners.

Posted by JG2704 on (April 30, 2012, 17:10 GMT)

@Valavan on (April 30 2012, 14:57 PM GMT) It is indeed English conditions but 1- the last series between the 2 sides was played in SA 2- SA have played a higher percentage of their matches at home - Eng is level between home and away 3 - SA are possibly better (at least as good) away as they are at home.

Posted by JG2704 on (April 30, 2012, 17:06 GMT)

@jasonpete on (April 30 2012, 09:48 AM GMT) Have SA won more matches over a 3 year period as that is what the ICC rankings are based on? It's a rolling league table. Besides , if you're going by recent matches - as in last 6 months - you'd have to say Pakistan should be top , Aus 2nd and SA 3rd. Aus lost opportunity to close the gap further by drawing at home vs 8th ranked NZ and SA lost opportunities by drawing at home to Aus and not winning by bigger margins vs SL and NZ

Posted by   on (April 30, 2012, 16:44 GMT)

I love Chris Gayle. I love Brian Lara. But Shiv has always been a thorn in the battle with South Africa...You really deserve your spot...congrats Shiv!

Posted by Dravid_Pujara_Gravitas on (April 30, 2012, 15:30 GMT)

How's India at 4th or whatever with the abysmal performances? England, Australia and SA deserve their respective spots. Congrats to them. As usual Shiv, The Rock of Windies Cricket got what he definitely deserves. I feel at last the ICC Rankings have some credibility to them.

Posted by Dravid_Pujara_Gravitas on (April 30, 2012, 15:24 GMT)

Hearty Congrats Shiv. Take a bow! But I thought some bloke from the present Windies think-tank wanted to tell Shiv how to bat. Worse still, I heard that bloke also questioned Shiv's committment to the team. What's his name again? Ottis Gibson is it? Shame.

Posted by Valavan on (April 30, 2012, 14:57 GMT)

@jasonpete, really what did SA win out of their home in 2011, they have never won any test series back home other than SL in 2011/12. and now 1 - 0 vs NZ, anyway jasponpete basil de oliviera trophy will decide who is the genuine no.1. All english haters, can say about home advantage, but England, SA, Oz and NZ conditions are very similar. so dont give lame excuses like MS Dhoni. cricinfo please publish.

Posted by   on (April 30, 2012, 14:53 GMT)

Anyone who has scored 10000 runs in test cricket has to be great. Anyone who has such powers of concentration has got to be great. He may not be the most slylist, but he is effective and that is what matters. Some will dislike his crblike stance, out will say he does not run well betwen wickets, but most of the time he was not the one being run. Iam wrioting thisstate that Shiv Chanderpaul is unique and no matter what the coaching manuls say he will continue to defie the odds and score runs. Shiv as a West Indian I am greatful for you. I wish that you wel and hope that you can continue to perform.

Posted by TheLight on (April 30, 2012, 14:07 GMT)

Just imagine that Gibson and the WICB tried to get rid of Chanderpaul form the WI team, luckily for the WI supporters, they we not successful.

Posted by   on (April 30, 2012, 14:07 GMT)

still boring as hell to watch him bat.Test Cricket personified.

Posted by WindiesGT on (April 30, 2012, 13:56 GMT)

And Chanderdaul was the guy coach Gibbons wanted to drop. WI needs experience to guide new players as Darren Bravo pointed out in an article about the positives batting with Chanderpaul.

Posted by   on (April 30, 2012, 13:38 GMT)

WI still lost 2 - 0. They played better. Think they would even do better than that if they stop this nonsens of not picking their best players. They must burry the hatchet and move forward for better cricket.

Posted by   on (April 30, 2012, 13:22 GMT)

If we could only unshackle ourselves from the inept board we might well be on our way to regaining some respectability among the Cricketing nation.

Posted by   on (April 30, 2012, 13:01 GMT)

@nick ward: in last 10 tests kallis scored 930 runs and shakib scored 840. Kallis took 20 wickets where shakib took 39 playing less innings(as they lost by innings in some mathces) and defending small totals in 2nd innings. Shakib don't get attention of people because he is playing for Bangladesh and thats extremely unfair. (Its true that kallis is far better than shakib but ranking reflects current form,not all time greatness)

Posted by Samdanh on (April 30, 2012, 12:57 GMT)

All along the series, lot of us Indians were hooting for WI, apparently writihing from pain of the thrashing from Aus in Aus. I wonder, if all of us would have shared same sentiments like "Gayle, Narine, Bravo, Pollard etc should have been here in WI than playing IPL" had it been India playing WI in WI. In fact the team that played India was weaker than the one played Aus. Let us be manful enough to enjoy the quality of cricket that had been played rather than hooting one against the other. This would have avoided pain most of us are going through by seeing Aus win the series against wishes of most of us-which was for WI to win. Remember the conditions Aus have won in are alien to them. Compare that with what we did in Aus in conditions that were alien to us. Let us graduate from weeping to being good cricket fans !

Posted by   on (April 30, 2012, 12:52 GMT)

If only we didnt have darren sammy is a captain, he is really poor, barely deserves his place. Bats with no technique. Played a good knock in the last innings but still not good enough. His bowling was at best mediocre and fielding and catching was pathetic. I can think of Darren Bravo, Pollard and Russel as much better all rounders in the side. So who to replace him? Kirk edwards, I think not, he is not ready. Gayle - no he has turned his back on the team for money. Sarwan - yes or even Deonaraine. There is so much potential but the wrong leadership

Posted by   on (April 30, 2012, 12:49 GMT)

shiv is boss.a perfect example of class

Posted by   on (April 30, 2012, 12:09 GMT)

Great west indian batsman of all time.... hats off true champion.......

Posted by Breaking_Point on (April 30, 2012, 12:06 GMT)

@Nick ward Shakib al hasan is rated higher for following reasons . #1- shakib is very regular in taking both Test N Odi wickets whereas Kallis hardly bowls in test odi #2- Shakib is also consistent in scoring runs coming at 5/6 position example Asia cup #3-shakib's innings have been key to Bangladesh's win #4-shakib's home n away performance have always been fantastic #5-last test vs Pak sHAKIB scored 140+ n 5 wickts in an innings n next test will be in Nov/DEC with a gape of 9/10 months #5-SHAKIB has always performed against the top 8

hope u understand same goes for Teams-home n away & cosistency & the value of the performance is taken into account kallis is legend bt shakib is young n rising..

Posted by CricketMaan on (April 30, 2012, 11:37 GMT)

Aussies move ahead of India in rankings and as an Indian fan i think 'rightly so'. But question is if this Aussie team can win Ashes back..given the way they play its a BIG question mark, though there is still a long way to go..England are very comfortable playing home. If Aussies can sort thier opening and also get the likes of Forest, Cummins in then game on.

Posted by   on (April 30, 2012, 10:42 GMT)

The West Indies team has made a good comeback in their recent series against Australia.

Posted by Hraig on (April 30, 2012, 10:24 GMT)

Lets wait and watch the rankings till April 2013. That time will show real rankings. Now a days all teams are only tremendous at home only SA can manage. lets see the rank changes after April 2013.

Posted by karthik_raja on (April 30, 2012, 10:10 GMT)

@Shikhar Ahuja. I agree with u partially. India was & is rightly placed in rankings. Their consistency(and inconsistency of other teams) brought them the #1 ranking and their hard work made them hold the title for 18 months. There r many ppl(including few in this forum) who questioned ranking system then. Well, I am not getting into that debate. To ans ur point, Rankings wont/shouldn't reflect only recent series. It should take care of at least 3 to 4 yrs and current system is rightly doing it. It means, even though Aus thrashed Ind 4-0, their previous results were not good enuf to get ahead of Ind. Now since they have beaten WI 2-0, they hv scored enuf points to move ahead of Ind. Simple as that. Ind was rightly placed in #1. Then @#3 and Now in #4. Hope our Team will again find a way to #1 rank.

Posted by jasonpete on (April 30, 2012, 9:48 GMT)

@5wombats, looking at England recent performances in UAE and srilanka,it's so odd to see England still no.1.By recent performances SA ,Australia won more matches and deserved to be in top.

Posted by   on (April 30, 2012, 9:43 GMT)

Regarding the test rankings, home and away matches should be accorded different points. This will to some extent nullify the home advantage and provide a more level playing field. In the recently concluded tests, we have seen how much that matters. Away wins should be awarded more wins. There needs to be a bonus for away whitewashes for higher ranked teams. This way, we can ensure that anyone in the top five has a shot at the title. Morover, test matches won by an innings should have more points as compared to straight jacket victories where all four innings are played.

Posted by   on (April 30, 2012, 9:36 GMT)

Im sure im not in the minority when i say i have zero interest in the ICC rankings for anything. To point out one blaring example of its uselessness- Shakid Al-hasan is rated higher than Jacques Kallis as an all-rounder. If anyone can defend that or explain it please do so

Posted by   on (April 30, 2012, 9:31 GMT)

The West Indies team has made a good comeback in their recent series against Australia. Finally they are playing as a unit. The only problem now is to sort their batting. Their lineup lacks experience and this is what is hurting them the most. The return of Chris Gayle to the squad can make a huge difference. Their bowlers on the other hand look really strong.

Posted by Umair.Khalid_UK on (April 30, 2012, 9:23 GMT)

Great Player. A perfect blend of determination, patience and immaculate technique. Still young at the age of almost 38. A perfect answer to those who criticize M. Yousaf inclusion in PAKISTAN Test Team.

Posted by JG2704 on (April 30, 2012, 9:19 GMT)

@Shikhar Ahuja on (April 30 2012, 08:53 AM GMT) India deserves to be number 4 for the points it built up pre England. I don't really understand how they've gone downhill so quickly in test cricket. It's not as if they've had a load of players retiring or anything and it's not like they've had a bad record in England before or that none of their players had toured Eng before either.Obviously if Pak continue their form they will overtake India.

Posted by   on (April 30, 2012, 8:53 GMT)

I have always believed we (India) were rightly the number one team when we actually were. I also believe that England, for all their appalling win-loss record in 2012, still deserve to hold on to the number one ranking, considering their recent past record. But I am not sure whether we now deserve to hold on to even the fourth ranking with our atrocious performance in the two series, that seemed to almost undo all the good results we had consistently got two-three years before that. I am an Indian, an Indian fan more so. But I do feel the rankings should provide more importance to 4-0 victories and 0-4 losses than 1-0 victories and 1-1 draws over a sequence of series.

Posted by podichetty on (April 30, 2012, 8:49 GMT)

@PiyushD

Spot on ! Cannot agree with you more. This is India's correct ranking (on paper and computer).

Posted by PiyushD on (April 30, 2012, 7:28 GMT)

India is now at its correct Test rankings.

Posted by   on (April 30, 2012, 7:21 GMT)

One of the toughest batsmen to get him out. Unique stance & most reliable.

Posted by hudan on (April 30, 2012, 7:03 GMT)

It is good to see Chands becoming number 1 again. He is an unsung hero

Posted by gibbons on (April 30, 2012, 6:42 GMT)

To all those saying how flawed the team rankings are and how Australia are so far behind England and South Africa - yes. That's why they are third, and England and South Africa are first and second. Not sure what the problem is there, precisely. Unless you're on the no-series-outside-India-counts bandwagon. In other matters, congrats to Shiv, a worthy number one. Hope he has a great tour of Pomland and racks up even more runs.

Posted by jimbond on (April 30, 2012, 6:28 GMT)

When other teams move ahead of India in the rankings, according to the mass opinion-on the comments page, it reflects ground realities; if India goes ahead of other teams, then the rankings are misleading, Indeed! When do people remove their blinkers. The rankings in their less than perfect way is a reflection of how teams have performed in the recent past. If England is No.1, they have played well many times in the past year, if Australia and South Africa are going to overtake England in the near future, it is because these teams are currently playing well. And India did play extremely well over a short period of time- better than all the others during that period- which brought them to number 1 spot. This they managed despite having one real bowler (Zaheer), several poor fielders, and only a few good batsmen. This also indicates how poor the other cricketing nations were during this period of time.

Posted by   on (April 30, 2012, 6:26 GMT)

@johnathonjosephs Before this 8-0 loss, India hardly lost any test match for the past 3 years.. Remember India were at Number by a fair margin before the england tour.. Its not fair to say they dont even deserve to be in top 3 after two series loses.

Posted by Jo21 on (April 30, 2012, 6:19 GMT)

Congrats, Chanders! You've been a real champion for 18 years.

Posted by karthik_raja on (April 30, 2012, 6:05 GMT)

At last the ranking system makes sense to many of my Eng/Aus frnds.. Well.. I too agree with current ranking of Test teams, given their recent results.. Hope those frnds will continue to believe the system in near future also.. And Congrats to Shiv, one of my fav player.. He deserves it..

Posted by shooting on (April 30, 2012, 5:36 GMT)

Great news, Chanderpaul. Keep up the good work!

Posted by anver777 on (April 30, 2012, 5:19 GMT)

Congrats !!!!! The only "Shinning Star" in current WI cricket !!!!

Posted by   on (April 30, 2012, 5:07 GMT)

The unsung hero of WI,consistent even in these turmoil years,n regarding ranking system,flawed

Posted by MinusZero on (April 30, 2012, 4:23 GMT)

Australia were far from convincing against WI. They need to play a lot better to beat the likes of South Africa.

Posted by   on (April 30, 2012, 3:46 GMT)

Lean in size big on performance, it is unfornate Chandarpaul has always been put down by commentators. Slowly and surely, he is amongst the best in the world.

Posted by heathrf1974 on (April 30, 2012, 3:33 GMT)

Well deserved. Getting runs on difficult batting wickets.

Posted by RandyOZ on (April 30, 2012, 3:24 GMT)

Even though no one has taken the rankings seriously since Swann became the no. 1 spinner (still gets a good laugh), it is a shame they are so far behind the time. Clearly SA and Aus and 1 and 2, with Clarke and Hussey the top 2 batsmen in the world.

Posted by   on (April 30, 2012, 3:07 GMT)

Good point shawnsundar; that is why Chanders had wriiten those boys a letter, asking for clarification on what they meant by that nonsense; and WHO it was that was not pulling their weight. Because, no one can ever accuse "this little master" of not pulling his weight. Chanders look like he was in a Strongman competition; he was pulling his weight, plus his teammates, plus Windies Board, and still pulling a 747 at the same time. Congrats ma Bro! Keep scoring your runs. We will get you another partner soon - I looking for Nash, but I cannot find him.

Posted by WindiesGT on (April 30, 2012, 2:59 GMT)

And coach Gibbon wanted him to retire? Also, how can Gibbons advise him how to bat when he himslef could have hardly made WI team anyway. Go Shiv!!!!!!!!!!!!!

Posted by Fourworldcups on (April 30, 2012, 2:59 GMT)

All things considered Pakistan probably deserve the no.4 spot over India.

Posted by RA122 on (April 30, 2012, 2:51 GMT)

who cares about ranking if it is a good game of cricket between the lowest ranking teams and the most boring contest between the top two.

Posted by   on (April 30, 2012, 2:37 GMT)

Congrats SHIV!!!. I am glad you showed Otis Gibson and the WICB that they didnt know what they were talking about when they wanted to drop you.!! Now if we could somehow Drop Otis and the WICB. LOL

Posted by cricket1fan1980 on (April 30, 2012, 2:07 GMT)

If that is the case, then England should not be the Top ranked Test team at all. Only Australia & South Africa are consistent. The ICC rankings are based on lots of factors, not only loosing away matches. How many teams have won against India in India?

Posted by whiskeysour on (April 30, 2012, 2:04 GMT)

I'm a Lankan, and I'm VERY happy to see the West Indies, especially Shiv, holding the #1 spot here. Growing up in SL, we always rooted for the world beating Clive Lloyd & Crew .. so happy to see WI climbing back up.

Posted by thedugganaut on (April 30, 2012, 1:09 GMT)

@johnathonjosephs You miss the point completely. India is no longer in the Top 3.

Posted by   on (April 30, 2012, 1:04 GMT)

Congrats yet again paps and keep on going with the same form to England and show them WI how batting should be done.You should be paid for teaching the youngster as well as we dont need a coach to be there who dont do his job.I still cant understand how can a loosing team still has the same coach and management going from one series to another after all these failure.Please continue to help the youngsters so they can help bring back some pride to west indians.

Posted by shawnsundar on (April 30, 2012, 0:44 GMT)

This is the same Chanderpaul who Otis Gibson and co sacked last year for "not pulling his weight". Go Chanders, I hope you get to 10k ODI runs as well!

Posted by johnathonjosephs on (April 30, 2012, 0:43 GMT)

How is India still in the Top 3? 8-0 abroad and barely winning series against a "low ranked west Indies"? Ridiculous system for teams in my opinion. Similar to when Pakistan was ranked Number 6 in the T20 rankings, although they're one of the best sides in that format. The Batting/Bowling rankings are legit, though.

Posted by Lord_Dravid on (April 30, 2012, 0:10 GMT)

the rankings system is biased so im not a strong follower of it..when teams are playing soo many factors can fall into place which the rankings system dosent take into account.

Posted by   on (April 30, 2012, 0:01 GMT)

Just so that everyone is up to speed with what is taking place with WI cricket, I wish to remind ALL readers that the door was opened for Gayle to play for Wi in the upcoming series against England. Mr Gayle then promptly made himself unavailable for the England tour. And some people are still commenting that Gayle is being left out.

Posted by   on (April 29, 2012, 23:38 GMT)

he is really, has the ability to just too hang around and desttroy teams

Posted by Micgyver on (April 29, 2012, 23:33 GMT)

Chanderpaul is the Border of West Indies batting.

Posted by Meety on (April 29, 2012, 23:28 GMT)

My biggest gripe about the rankings is the points degradation. It should be that a certain series is replaced by the same series however many years later. For example, the last Ashes in Oz should replace the previous Ashes. If a team plays 2 consecutive series against an opposition away (like Oz v India in India) the oldest test series should be replaced. India v Pakistan home & away from about 2006, should still count as they haven't played. Also like to see a bonus point for an away win. == == == Atm - the order of the rankings is about right (question mark as to where India really sit), I would have the Safricans (although they really need to get more actual wins), slightly ahead of England with Oz narrowly behind. The way things sit could/should change dramatically in a very short time!

Posted by RohanMarkJay on (April 29, 2012, 23:23 GMT)

As a neutral its great to see a west indian number one in cricket at something in this case batsmanship. Shows west indian cricket still around. Australia seems to be putting together a good team together again after consecutive ashes defeats and losing their number one spot and great players like warne, mcgrath and Mark waugh.Although I doubt they will ever be as good as they were in the 1990s. You never right the aussies off, because their prosperous and wealthy country with a highly disciplined and professional sports set up has plenty of resources to build good cricket teams unlike in other countries. One of the reasons why west indies declined is because they didn't have the sporting resources or ethic that the aussies seemed to have. That is why Oz may have a slump but itsn't long and they always bounce back. THat is why they will continue to be one of the best cricket sides in the world.Whatever you may think, you cannot deny Oz doing well in cricket is very good for cricket.

Posted by johnathonjosephs on (April 29, 2012, 22:59 GMT)

Well deserved. Can't really see anybody heisting the Number 1 Batting spot except for Sanga and Chanderpaul (who have been back and forth fighting over it for the last couple years). Think AB De Villiers might find himself up on that list, or even Pieterson. Their form right now is astounding

Posted by Chris_P on (April 29, 2012, 22:48 GMT)

@RJHB. It matters little that we won the series 2-0. The way the rankings are worked out involves dropping or defending points from prior years. It reflects the way teams are performing over the recent 3 to 4 years with a weighting on recent efforts. It's why England rightfully remains @ #1, as they earned that position due to its collective run of series victories over a period of time. Consistency needs to be rewarded & I believe these rankings are close to reflecting that. I would also add for my Indian friends, that India still have a lot of points to defend and need to win series to basically stay at this position, so are in real danger of being overtaken by Pakistan by year end.

Posted by Mervo on (April 29, 2012, 22:08 GMT)

I am amazed that indian are still so high in the rankings. Who has not thrashed them lately? And yet their old batsmen will never resign Will we against see the acrimony that followed Ganguly's dropping?

Posted by Bobby_Talyarkhan on (April 29, 2012, 22:06 GMT)

MIGHTY WARRIOR!

Posted by 5wombats on (April 29, 2012, 21:22 GMT)

@Shikhar Ahuja on (April 29 2012, 19:01 PM GMT) - agreed. It's odd that india are as "high up" as they are given the record you state. Even india fans like @dariuscorny finally seem to have accepted the reality - that England and Australia defeating india was not a fluke. india's position in the rankings is accurate at the moment, but they will continue to slide until they begin to take Test cricket seriously again.

Posted by   on (April 29, 2012, 21:21 GMT)

BRAVO SHIV ! Of all the current international cricketers, you are the GREATEST ROLE MODEL for all youngsters of every nation that plays this sport. Cricket lovers wish you the very best for the test matches against England and later in July, the tests against New Zealand. You are a true hero !

Posted by correctcall on (April 29, 2012, 21:10 GMT)

@RJHB - how about a 50 % points premium for away wins. No doubt Mr Srinivasan would vote for that at the ICC?????

Posted by tappee74 on (April 29, 2012, 20:59 GMT)

Congrats Shiv,your will and control has bewildered the knowledgeable.Millions are proud of you.Your durability is beyond compare.Bat on Shiv.

Posted by Midonoff on (April 29, 2012, 20:55 GMT)

shiv, congrats truly deserve, very good batsman. Hope the other wi players are learning how apply yourself.

Posted by Wozza-CY on (April 29, 2012, 20:46 GMT)

A well deserved ranking for Shiv, he is a champion....

Posted by JG2704 on (April 29, 2012, 20:40 GMT)

@ Pankaj Agarwal on (April 29 2012, 19:37 PM GMT) Think I agree with your post. The actual reality is that you don't lose points for playing less matches. There were some who said SA would be number 1 had they played more tests. The truth is the points are calculated by the total points divided by the number of games played so if SA had the same win % their ranking would be the same and as I said in prev post it is rounded up or down Eng 5124/42=116.45 SA 3709/32=115.9 Aus 5153/46=112.02 Ind 4103/46=110.93 Pak 3781/52 = 108.02. And yes India built up enough ranking points by winning tests to keep them in the top 3 for a while just like Eng built enough pts up to just keep them at 1 despite the dismal start to 2012. Some fans don't accept that Ind built up enough points to keep them in top 3 for a while and same with Eng

Posted by JG2704 on (April 29, 2012, 20:17 GMT)

@dariuscorny on (April 29 2012, 18:41 PM GMT) Not at all. Just makes a refreshing change.

Posted by yorkshirematt on (April 29, 2012, 20:15 GMT)

Very well deserved. Saw him play for Warwickshire at Headingley last year (think he got a double hundred). Too good for our very average attack although most batsmen who have played international cricket seem to be too good for us see Geraint Jones and Rob Key for Kent already this season. Top work anyway and he'll do well in the tests against England

Posted by AMOR on (April 29, 2012, 19:59 GMT)

Congratz again Shiv, you deserve that accolade again. You alone play the rest of the world while ten other westindian watch ou play. Go get em 'Tiger' as some on said before. Lara and Tendulkar are in your sights.

Posted by   on (April 29, 2012, 19:37 GMT)

you get your points as you play and win... if some country does not play and not win ought to come down in ranking even by just not playing... @sikhar recent matches are highest rated but ranking and points are obtained by the matches played by the team in the last 3 years... if INdia wouldnt have thumped the opposition in the last some years they would not have been the number one test team not even for a day.

Posted by   on (April 29, 2012, 19:01 GMT)

I just went through the recent records of India and Australia. Out of the last 11 tests Australia have played, they have won 8, lost 2 and drawn 1. The figures for India after the same number of matches read: won 2, lost 8, drawn 1. It feels unfair that India is still just a point off from Australia, especially considering that we weren't really thumping the opposition before that either. As for Chanderpaul, he really is a masterclass. An amazing batsman. Rarely ever seems to lose his patience. He feels like a true test batsman, if only the ones around him were as persevering. Nonetheless, what an inspiration!

Posted by   on (April 29, 2012, 18:57 GMT)

The Most Stylish Batsmen in the List

Posted by ansram on (April 29, 2012, 18:49 GMT)

India seems headed towards sixth-seventh spots, their "average" position over the years. Shiv is the best fighter.

Posted by dariuscorny on (April 29, 2012, 18:41 GMT)

@ JG2704 seems anyone who slams Indian cricket is the candidate for your praise

Posted by Ncnotorious on (April 29, 2012, 18:24 GMT)

Well done Shiv...pretty sure if u were in the ODI and T20 teams u would be up there too, that's what talented and hard working cricketers do...GO get em tiger!

Posted by   on (April 29, 2012, 18:14 GMT)

Guyanese representing homies!!

Posted by StatisticsRocks on (April 29, 2012, 18:11 GMT)

@JG Thank you but I am just stating the obvious.

Posted by surya38 on (April 29, 2012, 17:54 GMT)

congratz shiv,u have still couple of years, go well,all the best

Posted by surya38 on (April 29, 2012, 17:51 GMT)

chanderpaul all the best for england seires, eagerly waiting there u to rock more than aussies,all the best, king of westindies, ur big fan here to wish u always.

Posted by   on (April 29, 2012, 17:44 GMT)

well done shiv that's to show how much the w i coach now about talent if he did have his way u would be home not in the side and look who save the team from a total failure and if wasn't for his ego chris and maybe sars would be in the team helping the younger players and the team would be in a better position i must admit that since he take over the bowling has improve a great deal for in the pass ten or so year if w i did have the bowling they have no they would win a lot more game and even now if they did have a captain who know how to captain they would win some more of the game we loose

Posted by   on (April 29, 2012, 17:43 GMT)

The quality of world cricket has slipped .It is like if Chanderpaul and Bravo wickets get out the rest of the team is vary weak and match over.They really need Gayle and have the rest of the young bucks to step the hell up and start producing.

Posted by surya38 on (April 29, 2012, 17:42 GMT)

congrtz shiv,i love westindies team becoz of chanderpaul.amazing cricketer, good technique, plz bring him odi also, shiv will do well in odi also,his odi avg above 41, why he dropped odi side, he should play odi also

Posted by hhillbumper on (April 29, 2012, 16:49 GMT)

well done Shiv.Aus reaching third shows how poor world cricket is.

Posted by JG2704 on (April 29, 2012, 16:48 GMT)

Well done Shiv. The batting rankings seem to change very rapidly. It seems that it's changed at least 3 times in the last 3or4 months - Sanga,Clarke,Shiv and whoever was before Sanga and I may have missed one also.I wonder if WI have left Shiv out to help his longevity in the test arena or and to blood new players?

Posted by JG2704 on (April 29, 2012, 16:45 GMT)

@Xolile on (April 29 2012, 15:56 PM GMT) - Guess you went into a coma for the 80s when WI dominated

Posted by JG2704 on (April 29, 2012, 16:43 GMT)

@IndnCrktfan on (April 29 2012, 15:00 PM GMT) Have to say that is one of the most honest self assessments from an Indian fan. Fair play to you

Posted by JG2704 on (April 29, 2012, 16:41 GMT)

@RJHB on (April 29 2012, 13:45 PM GMT) True , but we probably wouldn't have stood to gain too many points had we beaten Pak and we lost quite a few points when we lost 3-0 in Pakistan. Also the points are rounded up and down. You can (on teams) get an exact points tally by dividing the numer of total pts by number of games played. EG SA are very slightly less than 116 and Eng are about 116.4. India are slightly below 111 and Pak are slightly above 108 etc

Posted by   on (April 29, 2012, 16:32 GMT)

@Xolie: possibly you are forgetting a certain West Indian side in 90s ....

Posted by AdrianVanDenStael on (April 29, 2012, 16:02 GMT)

I notice that according to the twenty20 rankings Australia have managed to hold onto 6th place, and India 7th, just ahead of Ireland. This suggests to me that these ranking systems might at times possibly be a bit misleading.

Posted by BellCurve on (April 29, 2012, 15:56 GMT)

England, Australia and South Africa are the top 3 teams in the world. Nothing has changed in a 100 years.

Posted by   on (April 29, 2012, 15:51 GMT)

Shiv is excellent batsman after Lara, He is the most senior and wise and having excellent and unique Technic. God bless you Shiv! I Love west indies team, but I hate the west indies Cricket President, he selected again, that is big mistake! Gayle should to be in the team!

Posted by DingDong420 on (April 29, 2012, 15:49 GMT)

Stop whinging you aussies

Posted by gloriouscricket on (April 29, 2012, 15:25 GMT)

Shivanarine Chanderpaul his name will be remembered long after he hangs up his gear;Hope it is no time soon. Without his presence the WINDIES would have been demoted from the test arena. He has earned the respect of the Caribbean nation & the cricketing fraternity around the world, Continued blessings to a cricketing Legend.He will no doubt in time be awarded Guyana,s highest Civilian & Sporting awards.Our thanks.

Posted by Front-Foot-Lunge on (April 29, 2012, 15:18 GMT)

So England still top of the world of course despite a difficult winter, and this series, which should have seen Australia easily beat WI, instead only just pipped them in the two tests hey won. Two middle-ranked teams played out an average series.

Posted by StatisticsRocks on (April 29, 2012, 15:00 GMT)

No surprises on both fronts. Mr Chanders absolutely deserves it for the way he batted against quality opposition. Reminds me of Dravid vs. Eng. He still has another 2-3 good years in him so WI board pl do not drop him from test matches. This WI team showed lot more fight than IND in ENG and later in AUS. Inida will continue the slide downwards in test ranking and righfully so.

Posted by   on (April 29, 2012, 14:53 GMT)

Guyana baboo, you'r the best. timing, concentration, durablity, endurance and the numbers to show for it. please bat for another three years and move further up of that elite club.

Posted by   on (April 29, 2012, 14:41 GMT)

I think Chanderpaul is really awesome in the last 5-6 years. But just like Lara he is the only one being stranded in the crease as all his teammates join in the rally of suicide in both Innings.Gayle was looking dangerous in numerous times but WI failed to fire as a TEAM and that's why watching Cricket of any team involving WI is not seems exciting now-a-days. Gayle should be brought back in the team and also WE needs to learn from past on how to win as a TEAM.

Posted by jmcilhinney on (April 29, 2012, 14:24 GMT)

@jonesy2, the rankings are based on a mathematical analysis of actual results, unlike proclamations from oracles like yourself and RandyOZ, which are based on a qualitative analysis of the last couple of matches played by Australia.

Posted by   on (April 29, 2012, 14:24 GMT)

Shiv deserves the number 1 spot. Awesome( if unorthodox) player. As an Indian fan, dissapointed that we have slipped to number 4 after being number 1 not so long ago( of course we deserved it after those 2 horrendous series). Hopefully the Indian selectors play rahane, rohit, Kohl I and pujara and Aaron in the starting eleven of the Sri lankan tests. They are the future and they need to be groomed properly.

Posted by warneythebest on (April 29, 2012, 14:24 GMT)

the aussies ar on their way up again, to regain their correct place!!!! the test no.1!!!!

Posted by krishay on (April 29, 2012, 14:12 GMT)

Congrats Shiv, true GREAT in the game! He continues like fine wine ,getting better by age!!! Gibson and company said there wasn't any need for him again and now he says that Shiv is "unbelievable" and theeh other batters need him!! WOW!!

Posted by   on (April 29, 2012, 14:09 GMT)

great servant of windies cricket

Posted by   on (April 29, 2012, 13:49 GMT)

Yep the three wise men, Gibson, Hunte and Sammy were definite that Shiv was not needed. But for Guyana's ex-president, Bharat Jagdeo Shiv might never have made his way into the team in spite of his threat to sue the board. But he's having the last laugh since then. I just wish someone with clout could also champion Sarwan as he's so needed right now.

Posted by RJHB on (April 29, 2012, 13:45 GMT)

So Australia win an away series 2 nil and still only earn a lowly one extra point?? Hmmm something awry there, even if the Windies are ranked low, away wins are tough for anyone, just ask England!

Posted by   on (April 29, 2012, 13:43 GMT)

A true legend! Deserves much more from the administration. A fine role model for our young players & all young people. All the best Shiv.

Posted by jonesy2 on (April 29, 2012, 13:42 GMT)

unfortunetly for all concerned the rankings mean absolutely nothing and are based on absolutely nothing.

Posted by   on (April 29, 2012, 13:26 GMT)

and ottis and the board wanted him to resign 2 years ago

Posted by dineshgct on (April 29, 2012, 12:50 GMT)

Aussies are in the verge of becoming no 1, Aussies are moving up in the points table, India is moving down :(

Posted by   on (April 29, 2012, 12:48 GMT)

A true legend! Its great to see him topping the rest.

Posted by   on (April 29, 2012, 12:44 GMT)

One more add to the best ever batsmen table

Posted by Rising_Edge1234 on (April 29, 2012, 12:33 GMT)

The King is crowned again. yay!

Posted by   on (April 29, 2012, 12:28 GMT)

Congratulations to Shiv for reaching the top again.He is a class of his own this man...hopefully he'll go on to play for some more years and give his team and his fans more brilliant knocks...It's because of players like him that test cricket is still surviving!

Posted by   on (April 29, 2012, 12:20 GMT)

Chanderpaul is like OASIS for West-Indies .

Posted by   on (April 29, 2012, 12:00 GMT)

Terrific stuff Shiv! A great inspiration to all!

Posted by Sinhaya on (April 29, 2012, 11:44 GMT)

Congratulations Chanderpaul and hope you rock in England!!

Posted by   on (April 29, 2012, 11:43 GMT)

really greate form from last year....

Posted by   on (April 29, 2012, 11:34 GMT)

And the great WICB, in all its wisdom, DROPPED him. Along with a certain Chris Gayle.

Posted by   on (April 29, 2012, 11:33 GMT)

The one point lead reflected the quality of opposition that Australia faced, although the WI gave them one hell of a series overall. Had the quality of opposition been any better, they would've climbed the points table even further.

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