Full name Shivnarine Chanderpaul
Born August 16, 1974, Unity Village, East Coast, Demerara, Guyana
Current age 40 years 253 days
Major teams West Indies, Derbyshire, Durham, Guyana, Khulna Royal Bengals, Lancashire, Royal Challengers Bangalore, Stanford Superstars, Uva Next, Warwickshire, Warwickshire 2nd XI
Playing role Batsman
Batting style Left-hand bat
Bowling style Legbreak
Relation Son - T Chanderpaul
|Test debut||West Indies v England at Georgetown, Mar 17-22, 1994 scorecard|
|Last Test||West Indies v England at St George's, Apr 21-25, 2015 scorecard|
|ODI debut||India v West Indies at Faridabad, Oct 17, 1994 scorecard|
|Last ODI||Pakistan v West Indies at Dhaka, Mar 23, 2011 scorecard|
|T20I debut||New Zealand v West Indies at Auckland, Feb 16, 2006 scorecard|
|Last T20I||West Indies v South Africa at North Sound, May 20, 2010 scorecard|
|Last First-class||West Indies v England at St George's, Apr 21-25, 2015 scorecard|
|List A debut||1991/92|
|Last List A||Guyana v Trinidad & Tobago at Port of Spain, Jan 25, 2015 scorecard|
|Twenty20 debut||New Zealand v West Indies at Auckland, Feb 16, 2006 scorecard|
|Last Twenty20||Leicestershire v Derbyshire at Leicester, May 16, 2014 scorecard|
|Bat & Bowl||Team||Opposition||Ground||Match Date||Scorecard|
|1, 7||West Indies||v England||St George's||21 Apr 2015||Test # 2158|
|46, 13||West Indies||v England||North Sound||13 Apr 2015||Test # 2157|
|119||Guyana||v Windward Is||Roseau||20 Mar 2015||FC|
|2, 69*||Guyana||v Trinidad & T||Providence||13 Mar 2015||FC|
|13, 4||Guyana||v Jamaica||Providence||6 Mar 2015||FC|
|0, 64||Guyana||v Barbados||Bridgetown||20 Feb 2015||FC|
|11||Guyana||v Leeward Is||North Sound||13 Feb 2015||FC|
|29, 77||Guyana||v Jamaica||Kingston||6 Feb 2015||FC|
|7||Guyana||v Trinidad & T||Port of Spain||25 Jan 2015||LA|
|98*||Guyana||v Jamaica||Port of Spain||22 Jan 2015||LA|
The possessor of the crabbiest technique in world cricket, Shivnarine Chanderpaul proves there is life beyond the coaching handbook. He never seems to play in the V, or off the front foot, but uses soft hands, canny deflections, and a whiplash pull-shot to maintain a Test average of around 50. While the cricket world was obsessed with Brian Lara's unquestionable talent, Chanderpaul has shown that there are alternate ways to be consistent and prolific in Test cricket over a long period of time, becoming only the second West Indian to score 10,000 Test runs.
When Chanderpaul started out, he had a couple of problems: first, a low conversion rate of around one hundred to every ten fifties, and secondly, his physical frailty, widely thought to be hypochondria. That myth was exploded when a large piece of floating bone was removed from his foot late in 2000, and, suitably liberated, he set about rectifying his hundreds problem, scoring three in four Tests against India in 2001-02, and two more in the home series against Australia the following year, including 104 as West Indies successfully chased a world-record 418 for victory in the final Test in Antigua.
Since then, he has hardly had any prolonged lean periods, and has managed to keep his own standards at a remarkably high level despite the perennial problems that West Indies have faced. On the few occasions that West Indies have tasted success, Chanderpaul's contributions have been equally vital - in the Champions Trophy triumph in 2004, he contributed greatly with a consistent performances.
A stint as West Indies captain followed in 2005-06, and though he celebrated with a double-century in front of his home fans in Guyana, it was clear that captaincy was affecting his batting, and in 2006 he gave it up to concentrate on his main job.
Perhaps his greatest contribution, though, has been in holding together West Indies' fragile batting line-up after Lara's retirement. With a couple of other senior batsmen, Ramnaresh Sarwan and Chris Gayle, not being available due to various reasons, Chanderpaul's contributions have been immense, as he has defied bowling attacks in all countries and all conditions, often with minimal support from the other end. One of the best examples of that was against Australia in 2012, in the series in which he got to 10,000 Test runs: he ran up scores of 103*, 12, 94, 68 and 69, for an aggregate of 346 in five innings. The second-highest aggregate for West Indies in the series was 186, which amply sums up Chanderpaul's Test career.
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