New Zealand v West Indies, 1st Test, Dunedin, 3rd day December 5, 2013

Chanderpaul the key as WI fight back

With Sachin Tendulkar's retirement, Shivnarine Chanderpaul has become the most experienced Test cricketer in the world, and West Indies will need his knowledge and ability to save the first Test
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Shivnarine Chanderpaul has taken on one of the many records Sachin Tendulkar has left behind in retirement: he is now the longest-serving, active Test cricketer.

His debut came on March 17, 1994 against England, in his homeland Guyana, as part of a West Indies side that were still top of the tree. The batting including Brian Lara, Jimmy Adams, Richie Richardson and Desmond Haynes; the bowling was usually Curtly Ambrose, Courtney Walsh, Kenny and Winston Benjamin.

Times are very different now. There was a familiarity with the score when he strode in at University Oval - 70 for 3 is about average, these days, for Chanderpaul's arrival at the crease. He just goes about his business as he has done for nearly 20 years.

With a pull off Neil Wagner, he became the seventh Test batsman, and second West Indian after Lara, to pass 11,000 runs. There was a handshake with Denesh Ramdin and a gentle raise of the bat to the dressing room, before he returned to the crease (side on, of course) to resume trying to haul West Indies out of another hole.

"His record speaks for himself. He's a world-class player and has been for a number of years," Tim Southee said. "Obviously he has a different stance and technique to what you're used to. It's not a traditional technique and set-up and it takes a little bit to adjust to. Hopefully we can grab him tomorrow some stage. We know you've got to fight hard for his wicket, he doesn't give it away, and it's going to take something special to get him out."

Thankfully, from West Indies' point of view, Chanderpaul was not the only one to show some gumption. In the second innings, Kirk Edwards bounced back from his first-innings duck with a determined half-century and Darren Bravo, who had played nicely first time around before a loose drive on 40, glided to the close on an unbeaten 72.

Chanderpaul is a man of few words, but the younger West Indies batsmen believe they can benefit by just watching. "For the short time I've played, he's a professional guy. He just comes out and does his stuff every day," Edwards said. "For a young guy, he's more someone you have to watch and learn. He doesn't talk much. But just watching him do his stuff is something you can learn from. His consistency is great. We as young players have to learn."

Still, though, if West Indies have any chance of putting pressure on New Zealand over the next two days it will come down to one man, and that's Shiv.

Andrew McGlashan is an assistant editor at ESPNcricinfo

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  • espncricinfomobile on December 6, 2013, 9:23 GMT

    Swarzi, He has been better than SRT in last 3 yrs only. Not in overall career. You pls take SRT,s starting 151 tests and compare the records of him with Shiv. You will have no answer then. Shiv is great. But SRT is greatest.

  • delboy on December 5, 2013, 23:33 GMT

    Darren Bravo should ensure with Deonarine, Sammy and Ramdin, he takes the opportunity to score 402 not out as he might never get this opportunity again. Following on; with Just Under two days remaining this would be the best result.

  • IPSY on December 5, 2013, 21:28 GMT

    How come Shiv Chanderpaul became one of the Few Batsmen Of All Time to cross the 11000 runs hurdle, and Cricinfo have mentioned simply nothing about it, in any of their MANY HEADLINES; but every time Tendulkar scored a 25 when he played, it used to be a BIG HEADLINE IN CRICINFO?

  • dummy4fb on December 5, 2013, 19:50 GMT

    Once again he has shown his class. Once again he stood alone. He reached 11,000 runs and over the past six or so years has averaged 70. remarkable achievement. Now perhaps the naysayers ( those who refuse to acknowledge him because of the silly reason that he is taking over the record books. Sobers, the W's, Richards, Kanhai etc are not diminished by this. Their stars will never be dulled), will give him the credit, he so0 richly deserve. Let's watch his grace and elegance, in his inimitable style, and applaud.

  • dummy4fb on December 5, 2013, 19:13 GMT

    Congrats Shiv. You make us all proud. Pity the rest of the team does not follow your footsteps. Hope the captain takes a cue from you and learn to bat test cricket style with concentration and commitment. A quick 30 or 40 is not always what is reqd for test matches unless the situation calls for it. Test cricket is a 5-day affair and calls for long stays at the crease. Congrats Shiv and keep on making us proud.

  • alarky on December 5, 2013, 19:09 GMT

    Swarzi, Let me follow suit and congratulate Shiv also on joining the "11000 Club"! Of course Shiv would never want his records to be "LONGEVITY AGGREGATES": I'm sure he would not like to know that he played the most test matches (200); and scoring 51 (100s), but his individual performance only helped his team to win 3 or so of these test matches! Neither would he like to know that he scored almost most 16,000 runs and less than 1000 of them contributed to his team winning matches. Neither is he going to hang on when he can't cope with world class bowling, seeking out the minnows to embellish his records - Shiv is the kind of gentleman who would just resign when he cannot cope; and not stick around embarrassing himself! Congrats again "Tiger"!

  • dummy4fb on December 5, 2013, 17:00 GMT

    Great player. Shiv has always had my support. In his next knock he should pass one more batsman in the number of runs he scores. keep going Shiv we need you to bat on!!!

  • dummy4fb on December 5, 2013, 16:59 GMT

    Shiv is all class. He is dignified. His bat does all the talking. Its miraculous when u watch him score all those runs with the unorthodox stance that he uses.

  • fireballer on December 5, 2013, 15:43 GMT

    Anyone remember Mister Gibson telling this guy how to bat ? That he should retire..........WHAT A COACH.....the world's best coach......GOOD LUCK W I with Gibson and Sammy in your SHED !!!

  • swarzi on December 5, 2013, 15:31 GMT

    Andrew, beautiful piece! Congrats Shiv for inducting yourself into the '11000' band. One thing though, contrary to the volumes of academic 'longevity and aggregates' related records that is "the outstanding feature" of Tendulkar's long career, I'm sure that Shiv doesn't want his best records to be dominated by 'longevity and aggregate stuff'! He's much better than that! Eg: In this the 3rd consecutive year of the twilight of his career, he's avging 70+, while Sachin avgd 32+ in the said period, a difference of 38 - we're talking about two guys in their 40th year! But imagine last year, Sachin only averaged 24 in 15 inngs, while Shiv averaged 98 in the same 15 inngs, a whopping difference of 74! And knowing that he's not the 'seeking-for-the-minnows' type of batsman, I think the man is grossly underrated! Also, knowing that he was the leading scorer in the WI world record chase of 418 vs Aust; and second only to Viv Richards in scoring the fastest 100, I think he's better than SRT!

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