For an unorthodox player, he developed a rhythm that worked for him and gave him better balance at the crease, with the gift of timing to boot
#1 TOP RANKER

2007/08 - For his efforts in England in 2007, and other batting performances, Chanderpaul is named a Wisden Cricketer of the Year 2008. He is also named ICC player of the year in 2008. This was also the year when Chanderpaul finishes with an average of above 100 - 558 runs @ 111.6 in 7 innings with 3 centuries.

203* RESOLUTE

West Indies go into the match with only one survivor, Chanderpaul, from their last Test, at The Oval in August 2004, and the loss of Lara and the six players directly involved in the contractual dispute appears to rule the rump West Indian team out of contention. Batting with the pressure of captaincy, Chanderpaul faces 369 balls, bats 509 minutes and hits 23 fours scoring 203*.

418 WORLD RECORD

2003 - Having plundered the 3rd fastest Test century - off 69 balls - on his home ground against Australia, Chanderpaul closes off the series with another ton that helps West Indies reach a world record target of 418 in Antigua and avoid the humiliation of a series whitewash

3/4 THE OTHER HOME

2002 - Chanderpaul scores 3 centuries in 4 Tests against India in 2001-02 - West Indies win the series. Scores over 1000 runs in a calendar year for the 1st and only time in his career as he notches up 1065 runs in 22 innings @ 66.56 with 4 100s and 6 50s.

HERE TO STAY

1997 - In Bridgetown v India, Chanderpaul enters in the 3rd over and remains unbeaten after nearly 7.5 hours, during which he strikes 12 fours and offers no chance. His 137 follows a sequence of 13 scores between 50 and 82 in his previous 18 Tests.

68 (71) OZ MARK

1996 - During the Australia tour, a 22-year-old Chanderpaul takes on the challenge of the No.3 spot as Lara labours against Glenn McGrath. He scores 50+ thrice, the most brilliant of which is a 68-ball 71, with 10 fours, in Sydney before being conquered by an outrageous delivery from Shane Warne.

28 (5x4) EARLY SIGNS

1994 - In his 4th Test, after hitting 77 the game before, Chanderpaul scores an unbeaten 75, matching Brian Lara at times - in one period, while Lara scores 31 with 4 fours, Chanderpaul makes 28 with 5. But then he settles down and plays a key role in partnering Lara to his first world Test record of 375.

U-20 EARLY START

1994 - Five months short of 20, Chanderpaul makes his international debut, as much for his leg breaks as his left-hand batting, against England in Georgetown, and scores a half-century.

#1 TOP RANKER

2007/08 - For his efforts in England in 2007, and other batting performances, Chanderpaul is named a Wisden Cricketer of the Year 2008. He is also named ICC player of the year in 2008. This was also the year when Chanderpaul finishes with an average of above 100 - 558 runs @ 111.6 in 7 innings with 3 centuries.

203* RESOLUTE

West Indies go into the match with only one survivor, Chanderpaul, from their last Test, at The Oval in August 2004, and the loss of Lara and the six players directly involved in the contractual dispute appears to rule the rump West Indian team out of contention. Batting with the pressure of captaincy, Chanderpaul faces 369 balls, bats 509 minutes and hits 23 fours scoring 203*.

418 WORLD RECORD

2003 - Having plundered the 3rd fastest Test century - off 69 balls - on his home ground against Australia, Chanderpaul closes off the series with another ton that helps West Indies reach a world record target of 418 in Antigua and avoid the humiliation of a series whitewash

3/4 THE OTHER HOME

2002 - Chanderpaul scores 3 centuries in 4 Tests against India in 2001-02 - West Indies win the series. Scores over 1000 runs in a calendar year for the 1st and only time in his career as he notches up 1065 runs in 22 innings @ 66.56 with 4 100s and 6 50s.

HERE TO STAY

1997 - In Bridgetown v India, Chanderpaul enters in the 3rd over and remains unbeaten after nearly 7.5 hours, during which he strikes 12 fours and offers no chance. His 137 follows a sequence of 13 scores between 50 and 82 in his previous 18 Tests.

68 (71) OZ MARK

1996 - During the Australia tour, a 22-year-old Chanderpaul takes on the challenge of the No.3 spot as Lara labours against Glenn McGrath. He scores 50+ thrice, the most brilliant of which is a 68-ball 71, with 10 fours, in Sydney before being conquered by an outrageous delivery from Shane Warne.

28 (5x4) EARLY SIGNS

1994 - In his 4th Test, after hitting 77 the game before, Chanderpaul scores an unbeaten 75, matching Brian Lara at times - in one period, while Lara scores 31 with 4 fours, Chanderpaul makes 28 with 5. But then he settles down and plays a key role in partnering Lara to his first world Test record of 375.

U-20 EARLY START

1994 - Five months short of 20, Chanderpaul makes his international debut, as much for his leg breaks as his left-hand batting, against England in Georgetown, and scores a half-century.


#1 TOP RANKER

2007/08 - For his efforts in England in 2007, and other batting performances, Chanderpaul is named a Wisden Cricketer of the Year 2008. He is also named ICC player of the year in 2008. This was also the year when Chanderpaul finishes with an average of above 100 - 558 runs @ 111.6 in 7 innings with 3 centuries.

203* RESOLUTE

West Indies go into the match with only one survivor, Chanderpaul, from their last Test, at The Oval in August 2004, and the loss of Lara and the six players directly involved in the contractual dispute appears to rule the rump West Indian team out of contention. Batting with the pressure of captaincy, Chanderpaul faces 369 balls, bats 509 minutes and hits 23 fours scoring 203*.

418 WORLD RECORD

2003 - Having plundered the 3rd fastest Test century - off 69 balls - on his home ground against Australia, Chanderpaul closes off the series with another ton that helps West Indies reach a world record target of 418 in Antigua and avoid the humiliation of a series whitewash

3/4 THE OTHER HOME

2002 - Chanderpaul scores 3 centuries in 4 Tests against India in 2001-02 - West Indies win the series. Scores over 1000 runs in a calendar year for the 1st and only time in his career as he notches up 1065 runs in 22 innings @ 66.56 with 4 100s and 6 50s.

HERE TO STAY

1997 - In Bridgetown v India, Chanderpaul enters in the 3rd over and remains unbeaten after nearly 7.5 hours, during which he strikes 12 fours and offers no chance. His 137 follows a sequence of 13 scores between 50 and 82 in his previous 18 Tests.

68 (71) OZ MARK

1996 - During the Australia tour, a 22-year-old Chanderpaul takes on the challenge of the No.3 spot as Lara labours against Glenn McGrath. He scores 50+ thrice, the most brilliant of which is a 68-ball 71, with 10 fours, in Sydney before being conquered by an outrageous delivery from Shane Warne.

28 (5x4) EARLY SIGNS

1994 - In his 4th Test, after hitting 77 the game before, Chanderpaul scores an unbeaten 75, matching Brian Lara at times - in one period, while Lara scores 31 with 4 fours, Chanderpaul makes 28 with 5. But then he settles down and plays a key role in partnering Lara to his first world Test record of 375.

U-20 EARLY START

1994 - Five months short of 20, Chanderpaul makes his international debut, as much for his leg breaks as his left-hand batting, against England in Georgetown, and scores a half-century.


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Posted by on (September 21, 2014, 12:57 GMT)

I listened to Dravid and Sanjay and concluded that there comments were not as smooth and did not give the accolade deserved by this great player.It appears as though he was a surprised inclusion of the 15 or so players even though they acknowledged his class.Chanderpaul Will be ranked as one of the greatest that ever played test cricket.His average of 53.10 is phenomenal,his strike rate is avg for a test player,and in ODIs he has 11 centuries and I think 59 fifties with an avg of about 41, and a SR of 70.His test runs is 11.000 plus while his he has over 8600 runs in ODIs.WI selectors for sure has made a mistake of not playing him still in ODIs.

Posted by on (September 21, 2014, 3:15 GMT)

The West Indies have produced many great batsmen but In my view Shiv Nariane Chanderpaul would rand at the very top for two main reasons-He can score fast as is demonstrated by his banging the wily Glen Magrath for the third fastest century in tests and also the ability to occupy the crease for any length of time when required.A player who is not publicity conscious - in the lines of the great indian - Rahul Dravid. Their approach to the game will ensure that they get less discussed than the likes of a Brian Lara or Sachin Tendulkar. But I must add here that way back in 1996 in a MCC bicentenary match at lords, Shiv came in at No 3 and smashed the first ball for a glorious four. The great Ian Chappell and Gef Boycott were discussing that this kid is good and has a great future. Surly both these old guys know a thing about identifying talent.

Posted by on (September 20, 2014, 2:03 GMT)

Old as Methuselah but current as the next Avengers movie: the man, the myth, the legend of cricket SHIVNARINE CHANDERPAUL!!!!

Posted by swarzi on (September 19, 2014, 20:04 GMT)

Sanjay, You've always been seeking for "a man to bat for your life". I'm sure you'll agree that there's no better candidate in the history of the game to do that job,than the man Shiv. And while he can be picked solely for that job, he also can become Bradmanesque when he's ready; plundering bowlers for prolonged periods as he did Brett Lee and Co. in Guyana sometime ago. Remember, he also has the record for being the individual who "won the test match with the highest second innings score ever"! He also batted at nearly every position with distinction throughout his career - Hence, in this regard, maybe, only the great Rahul Dravid who can rival him for the title of the "most complete modern batsman" that we saw. They both batted with distinction IN ANY POSITION; they made runs AGAINST ANY TYPE OF BOWLING; and I don't know of any BOOGIE-MAN DELIVERY that every bowler knew with confidence that they could bowl and get either of them out.

Posted by on (September 19, 2014, 3:08 GMT)

Balance, timing, quickness of eye, and with a fearless appetite to take on the best. Shiv is the pride of the West Indies, a lion that stands tall when others give up hope. The statistics are many but they cannot tell the story of master at his craft, who hold the willow like a wand to instill hope and joy to his country. It is refreshing to find a gentleman that brings dignity to the noble game. Long may you reign Shiv. Your multitude of fans treasure you on and off the field, a soul of true greatness.

Posted by on (September 19, 2014, 2:49 GMT)

There was a tour of England, however, on which despite his batting average of 50 plus, Chanderpaul was replaced on the playing 11 by Keith Arthurton whose average was never anything but pathetic - in the lower 20s - and no reason was given or can be deduced besides factors that had nothing to do with cricket.

Posted by on (September 19, 2014, 1:41 GMT)

my favorite player. I'm glad to see his hard work and skill being recognized

Posted by Chris_P on (September 19, 2014, 0:48 GMT)

How anyone can call for his removal due to his age astounds me. Surely players are judged on their performances & this guy is currently top shelf. If & when younger players can provide an alternative that is at least equal, then fine, but no way could he be discarded for any other reason unless he chooses to leave with his red hot form.

Posted by on (September 18, 2014, 21:59 GMT)

About time people are talking about shiv as a great cos his record demands that I disagree that he's a coaches nightmare Infact he would be easy to coach you just leave him to it he knows what he's doing for someone to make adjusts to his game without to much help from the coach is agood thing he found his own method to solve his technical issues that's got to be applauded sure you wouldn't encourage it to youngsters But it works for shiv and his stats suggest you can't rubbish that unique style of his I love watching him bat windies will miss him once he's gone no one can bat for as long as shiv can

Posted by rayinto on (September 18, 2014, 16:20 GMT)

Architect of the highest successful 4th innings run chase while nursing a broken finger. Plundering a 69 ball century while team mates collapse at the end. The story of his life. Providing reliable runs on the board for our bowlers to work with, Chanderpaul has been giving West Indians reason to fly their many flags for more than 20 years - and like good wine gets better with age. Bat on Shiv! Bat on!

Posted by on (September 18, 2014, 16:05 GMT)

One of the all time greats in cricket history. Considering his contribution to his country, West Indies board should call back him for ODI side and let him play in 2015 World Cup. That would be the best tribute to him for his ODI career. The way he is playing, hope to see him playing tests atleast for couple of years more.

Posted by Dr_Zeus on (September 18, 2014, 15:48 GMT)

This has taken long enough to come. The ONLY consistent West Indies player over 2 decades...none of the recent nor present crop of players even come close. In my opinion, even more reliable than Brian Lara was. He is truly a modern master, worthy to be emulated by the young upcoming players.

Posted by on (September 18, 2014, 13:43 GMT)

Shiv knows his own game, and plays within his strengths. That 69 ball 100 was made on his home ground, which he knew like that back of his hand. He used this knowledge and just took the Aussie bowling attack apart. Other times, he's very watchful, and only hit balls that are there to hit. A proper test batsman.

Posted by Twinkie on (September 18, 2014, 12:08 GMT)

He is the coaches' nightmare because if everyone was like him they'd all be out of a job. He doesn't need others to think for him. He knows the physics and mechanics of batting and works on making his own adjustments. Wonderful player. His numbers do not lie. Can't imagine a team without him. Dreading his retirement.

Posted by IPSY on (September 18, 2014, 11:00 GMT)

Chanderpaul could never have been any coach's nightmare! If he were a nightmare for anyone in cricket, it had to be for TEAM INDIA. His avge against them in tests is 63+ and 68+ in ODIs. In fact, Shiv is the best example of exactly what a batsman should be - that is, one who doesn't depend on coach's stereotyped, clone-like, 'play straight' dictates saying how to bat. In fact, it's only people who were born with little natural ability are dependent on the coach to be perpetually tweaking their technique to make runs consistently. Shiv's style is natural and he needed no coach to spoil it; hence the reason that even between ages 38 to 40, he's still being able to perform as when he was between 18 and 22; thus scoring at an avge of 70+ yearly; while other players of his age group can't even register half of that. It's amazing that a man who batted for 70% of his career at Nos 6 and 5 to have scored so many 100s. I predict that if his sole position was No 4, he would have scored 75 (100s)

Posted by on (September 18, 2014, 10:56 GMT)

Dravid as others...........

Posted by on (September 18, 2014, 10:48 GMT)

Undoubtedly there have been many great players,but Shiv Chanderpaul has a distinct difference.His dependability cannot be matched.A great player who will carry greatness for years to come.

Posted by on (September 18, 2014, 10:36 GMT)

Along with Sangakkara, the only survivor of the greats from the glorious past decade still going strong!! Watching him over the last 15 years, saving West Indies time and again was a privilege!!

Posted by sharidas on (September 18, 2014, 9:35 GMT)

One of my favourite players. I enjoy his batting from the moment he marks his strike with the bail....a wonderful and unassuming player. I wait for him,now, to overtake Brian Lara(another favourite)and become the highest scorer for West Indies in Tests.

Posted by hayagriva on (September 18, 2014, 8:58 GMT)

I think someone else has to sit with Manjrekar and evaluate Dravid himself. I think he deserves to be on this list of Modern Masters.

Posted by Romanticstud on (September 18, 2014, 6:23 GMT)

Shiv is like Kallis with the bat ... RELIABLE ... The difference ... Shiv had to save the sinking ship ... Out of top batsmen only Steve Waugh and Allan Border have been not out more times ... He has carried the West Indies since Lara's departure ... Shiv has made bowlers the world over suffer with his 20 years at the crease ... Shiv may not get as much praise as Lara, like Kallis and Dravid, against Ponting and Tendulkar ... but he has outlived Brian Lara in the West Indies setup ... Lately what has also attributed to his longevity has also been the less demanding schedule that the West indies have had against the overburdened schedules of the BIG 3.

Posted by on (September 18, 2014, 6:02 GMT)

Chanderpaul, One of the Most Under Rated Cricketer of my Generation. He is Averaging 71+ since 2010. I am surprised why he has never topped the Ranking even after consistently performing since last 5 Years. There is serious flaw with the Ranking System. Sangakkara is topping the Ranking since 3 Years even though he has faltered in many innings in last 5 years and mostly scored on Home Ground. May be they will argue about Not-Out Innings. Why don't you treat them as unconquered innings. He is always Dependable Player and match winner if he gets support from the Other End.

Posted by CricketFever11 on (September 18, 2014, 5:38 GMT)

Very Humble Cricketer....... A True gentleman of the game......

Posted by on (September 18, 2014, 5:23 GMT)

Why should there be an argument whether Shiv deserves to be in this company of batsmen or not? He has rightfully earned his greatness. Just for comparison. He has 3 hundreds in England. Sangakkara has 2. He has 2 in South Africa. Sangakkara has 1. He has 2 in NZ, he has scored runs tons of runs in India, which is outstanding for a batsman from the West Indies, considering the fact that the likes of Brian Lara and Ricky Ponting have struggled in India.

Posted by Ncnotorious on (September 18, 2014, 5:12 GMT)

The Great Shiv Chanderpaul!