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Holding: 'No. 5 right position for Chanderpaul'

Michael Holding talks about West Indies' Shivnarine Chanderpaul as the batsman gets ready to play in his 150th Test match

November 13, 2013

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Posted by   on (November 14, 2013, 4:03 GMT)

With Chanderpaul batting at 5 he is out of batting partners with the current WI 11. Why ppl blam his for rotation the strike with the tail? We need to admit that after Chanderpaul no one else can play Test.

Posted by DMJR on (November 14, 2013, 3:28 GMT)

I think shiv should bat at 4

Posted by   on (November 14, 2013, 1:37 GMT)

sarwan can still bat and if these younger player not producing then the need to give him a chance also Fudadin..

Posted by   on (November 14, 2013, 1:06 GMT)

Chanderpaul has served the team well batting at number 5. What more do people want to squeeze out of him? A more serious issue is this: why isn't our best bowler in the side? Why was Permaul picked ahead of him and what is wrong with playing both Shillingford and Narine? As for the batting: Dwayne Bravo can make the side as a batsman and should be at number 6. Then Ramdin, the two spinners, and two fast bowlers It's a straight fight for number 6 in test matches between Bravo and Sammy. If the stats favour Sammy as batsman then go with the stats. Either of them could support the fast men.

Posted by   on (November 13, 2013, 23:27 GMT)

Finally a West Indian comes to defend Shiv batting at that no. 5 spot. 1. Shiv has always batted there for most of his career averaging over 50 and scoring more than 10000 runs. Why would he want to change his position so late in his career. 2. Shiv is not a youngster anymore, Bravo and Samuels are more than capable of doing the job at 3 and 4 respectively. Leave that role for a younger batsman to gain experience and confidence to do the job for west indies in the long run. Please Mr Dravid, you are so wrong with that suggestion that you need to rethink your position. So many people fell to his suggestion like he is some expert (GOD) on west indian cricket. Leave your suggestions for India. Windies line wont change.

Posted by   on (November 13, 2013, 20:33 GMT)

Gary Sobers did a lot of damage batting at # 5 & 6 if my memory is correct

Posted by   on (November 13, 2013, 19:56 GMT)

Gary Sobers, Clive Lloyd playing at No.5 or anything beyond, but they have Bernard Julian, Derryck Murray for other end. Nowdays, WI players not staying at the crease. If they stay at the crease, don't foreget, Griffith and Sobers drawn the Test with India, Sobers and Julian desroyed the New ball against England. Apart from WI, Group of Islands/countries playing as One Team. For the past 20 years, they are not playing as united during 1960-80

Posted by   on (November 13, 2013, 19:42 GMT)

I agree that Chanderpaul should bat at number five. Young Bravo at three and Samuels at four. It's the best formula to mix our experience with our youth and in a way everyone will be batting around the reliable Chanders given that he comes to bat at the fall of the third wicket. I can't see it any other way. Samuels was our most successful international batsman last year and Young Bravo needs time to develop further.......he has earned that. Our major challenge is getting a reliable number six. Let's hope Sarwan can put his past behind him and make the number six position his own.

Posted by   on (November 13, 2013, 17:04 GMT)

All of this is hogwash.Chamberlain is selfish and wants to stay at no 5.ordinarily as in the last 3 years that's not a huge deal if you have a decent no 6 and Dwayne bravo at 7 and a wicketkeeper plus a few guys who can bat for a few runs in the tail.but on this wretched tour the number 6 is the wicketkeeper ramdin!!!there is no tail and the "backgrounder" is Sammy not bravo and Sammy is in awful form with the bat and seems to have switched off with Gayle back.

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