West Indies v Australia, 3rd Test, Roseau, 4th day April 26, 2012

Chanderpaul joins 10,000 club

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Shivnarine Chanderpaul has become the 10th batsman and the second West Indian to pass 10,000 runs in Test matches, reaching the mark on the fourth day of the third Test against Australia at Windsor Park in Dominica.

In keeping with much of his career, Chanderpaul passed 10,000 in the midst of a desperate Caribbean fight in the fourth innings to stave off defeat at the hands of the Australians on a deteriorating pitch, moving forward from his inimitable stance to push a delivery from Michael Clarke wide of mid-on and go to 14 for his innings.

After the day's play, Chanderpaul said getting past the milestone was a target he had set himself. "I have been batting well and spending a lot of time at the crease, and to reach 10,000 Test runs is something special for me. It was one of the goals I set myself and I believe I have reaped for reward for the hard work I put in over the years.

"When I go to bat, I know I have a job to do for the team and the people of the West Indies. Test cricket is the ultimate form of the game and this is where you want to perform and give your best. I will keep striving for more."

Chanderpaul reached the milestone in his 140th Test, emulating Brian Lara's feat of also passing 10,000 for the West Indies. He was congratulated warmly by the Roseau crowd and also by Australia's fielders, who all applauded once the single was taken. The 10,000th run also served to take his Test match batting average back above 50.

Earlier in the series Chanderpaul had surpassed Lara as the highest run-scorer of all West Indian batsmen at Kensington Oval in Barbados, and said at the time that he had always taken particular satisfaction from runs made against Australia, as they are always hard-earned.

"Always a tough, tough opposition and you always have to fight and it is always well to do good against them," he said. "There are always things at the back of your mind because you always want to do well.

"Against an opposition like Australia if you're doing well against them you know the world is watching. When you go against them you have to bring your A game. You can't just walk out and decide that you can play anyhow against them. You have to step up."

At 37, Chanderpaul has witnessed many barren years in West Indies cricket, but has expressed optimism that the team is showing signs of significant improvement under the captaincy of Darren Sammy and the coaching of Ottis Gibson. This has encouraged him to prolong his career, having debuted against England in his home country of Guyana in March 1994.

"We all can see it, the guys are getting better, the younger players are coming through," Chanderpaul had said in Barbados. "That's what we've been aiming for over the years, you want to see the younger players come through. Now we're seeing it and that's the future, we have to plan that way."

Chanderpaul is doing his best to support this development with his bat, again leading the averages and aggregates against Australia. Their coach Mickey Arthur offered generous praise to a batsman he had first seen on the 1998-99 West Indies tour of South Africa.

"Shiv's been outstanding all series. He's been quite brilliant really. He's certainly thwarted our bowlers. He's shown why he's got 10,000 runs in Test cricket," Arthur said. "Very uncomplicated technique even though it looks very weird on the eye. He's been outstanding - to get him right at the end of the day has just lifted our dressing room hugely.

"I first saw him when he was very young. He toured South Africa and he looked a very, very good player then. In my last series that I had with South Africa as coach against the West Indies I think Shiv got a hundred in every first innings so he was well on track. In this series he got a hundred in Barbados, 94 in Trinidad and runs again here. I've just seen so much of him and can't help but admire the application and the desire to keep scoring runs. You've got to marvel at that - a fantastic achievement."

Daniel Brettig is an assistant editor at ESPNcricinfo. He tweets here

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  • noplay on April 29, 2012, 1:44 GMT

    Congratulations Shiv on an outstanding achievement. And more congratulations for standing up to the West Indies Cricket Board and its functionaries and showing them what stern stuff you are made of else you would have been in the dog house like Chris Gayle

  • on April 29, 2012, 0:51 GMT

    An Unsung Hero :)

    A Perfect xample of dedication to his cricket widout any contriversies. A big salute to Chanderpaul to his dominance to world cricket. Cricket really needs batsman like him in future who can make test matches memorable.

    Hats off to You Chander !!!

    From - A die Hard Fan of Chander :)

  • on April 28, 2012, 13:15 GMT

    People are playing more and more tests these days so it is no surprise that 8 players have crossed 10,000 runs this century compared to only 2 last century. Michael Clarke will most likely be the next Australia to cross 10,000 after Steve Waugh and Allan Border. After all he is only 3900 runs short of the mark, it would take him another 50 tests to get there, that's about 5 years of cricket. He may not be able to catch Pontings record though. Ponting looks like he wants 14,000.

  • Noman_Yousuf_Dandore on April 28, 2012, 13:00 GMT

    Very well-done Chanders! You've been entertaining in your own way; never giving up, always fighting, always putting a very high price on your wicket. The most intriguing part about Chanders is that he has 1st, 2nd and Top gear only, no 3rd, 4th in between. I've seen him hit one of the fastest test centuries, a 6 of the last ball to win an ODI, and play some very quick innings. Yet his doggedness is unmatched and something to cheer about too. So here it's from Pakistan, Three cheers to Chanders!

  • on April 28, 2012, 8:19 GMT

    Chanderpaul deserves this landmark for his patience and elegance in his style of batting.

  • muski on April 28, 2012, 7:32 GMT

    Shiv deserves all the kudos for this outstanding achievement. This has to been seen in the context of him being the batting fulcrum of hopeless Windies teams for more than a decade now. When everything around him was nothing but mediocre cricket, he did not lose his motiviation or focus and he continues to grind for his team as he demonstrated in the Aussie series.Even when he was under the shadow of Brain he stood to be counted. His batting has never been a good sight for the eyes given his strange stance. That apart he has perfectly scripted his career to be counted as one of the legends of Windies cricket.

  • on April 28, 2012, 7:15 GMT

    HATS OFF. A TRUE FIGHTER. CHANDERPAUL MUST HAVE SEEN THE WEST INDIES SIDE GO DOWN FROM A DOMINANT FORCE TO AN ORDINARY SIDE. I BELIEVE THE LACK OF APPLICATION FROM CO-PLAYERS IS WHAT PUT OFF BRIAN LARA. I HAVE SEEN A FEW INNINGS WHERE A HAPLESS BRIAN LARA WATCHED FROM NON-STRIKERS END, HIS TEAM MATES FALL LIKE A PACK OF CARDS AT THE STRIKERS END. BUT CHANDERPAUL HAS CONTINUED TO FIGHT, SHOWING THE WAY TO HIS TEAM MATES. IT MUST HAVE BEEN VERY DIFFICULT FOR HIM TO MOTIVATE HIMSELF AFTER EVERY DEFEAT COZ THE END DOES NOT SEEM TO BE IN SIGHT. NONETHELESS, THE CHAMP GOES ON AND ON, FIGHTING INNINGS AFTER INNINGS. ALL THE BEST SHIV. EAGER TO SEE A DOMINANT WEST INDIAN SIDE.

  • on April 28, 2012, 5:35 GMT

    Well done Chanderpaul you deserve it.I admire your courage and determination always ready to perform you keep west indies cricket alive along with brain lara and ramesh sarwan hats of to you.West Indies cricket board should be thankful to you for your great contribution.I wish you all the best in life your are great batsmen,great personality.You are one my the best batsmen in modern era.You make Guyana and West Indies proud.Being a former cricketer played from 1975 to 1988 as professional cricket i know how hard is to cement a place in the team.You are Wall of West Indies.I am honored to meet you in Barbados when you were departing for England tour 2007.

  • on April 28, 2012, 4:17 GMT

    Congrats!!!! I am a Great Fan of Chanders,I even play my cricket with his type of stance !!!!!

  • D.Sharma on April 28, 2012, 2:11 GMT

    If Dravid wasn't my favourite player and Kallis didn't have his skills, Chanders would be the first to walk into my team over any other batsmen in the last 20 years.

  • noplay on April 29, 2012, 1:44 GMT

    Congratulations Shiv on an outstanding achievement. And more congratulations for standing up to the West Indies Cricket Board and its functionaries and showing them what stern stuff you are made of else you would have been in the dog house like Chris Gayle

  • on April 29, 2012, 0:51 GMT

    An Unsung Hero :)

    A Perfect xample of dedication to his cricket widout any contriversies. A big salute to Chanderpaul to his dominance to world cricket. Cricket really needs batsman like him in future who can make test matches memorable.

    Hats off to You Chander !!!

    From - A die Hard Fan of Chander :)

  • on April 28, 2012, 13:15 GMT

    People are playing more and more tests these days so it is no surprise that 8 players have crossed 10,000 runs this century compared to only 2 last century. Michael Clarke will most likely be the next Australia to cross 10,000 after Steve Waugh and Allan Border. After all he is only 3900 runs short of the mark, it would take him another 50 tests to get there, that's about 5 years of cricket. He may not be able to catch Pontings record though. Ponting looks like he wants 14,000.

  • Noman_Yousuf_Dandore on April 28, 2012, 13:00 GMT

    Very well-done Chanders! You've been entertaining in your own way; never giving up, always fighting, always putting a very high price on your wicket. The most intriguing part about Chanders is that he has 1st, 2nd and Top gear only, no 3rd, 4th in between. I've seen him hit one of the fastest test centuries, a 6 of the last ball to win an ODI, and play some very quick innings. Yet his doggedness is unmatched and something to cheer about too. So here it's from Pakistan, Three cheers to Chanders!

  • on April 28, 2012, 8:19 GMT

    Chanderpaul deserves this landmark for his patience and elegance in his style of batting.

  • muski on April 28, 2012, 7:32 GMT

    Shiv deserves all the kudos for this outstanding achievement. This has to been seen in the context of him being the batting fulcrum of hopeless Windies teams for more than a decade now. When everything around him was nothing but mediocre cricket, he did not lose his motiviation or focus and he continues to grind for his team as he demonstrated in the Aussie series.Even when he was under the shadow of Brain he stood to be counted. His batting has never been a good sight for the eyes given his strange stance. That apart he has perfectly scripted his career to be counted as one of the legends of Windies cricket.

  • on April 28, 2012, 7:15 GMT

    HATS OFF. A TRUE FIGHTER. CHANDERPAUL MUST HAVE SEEN THE WEST INDIES SIDE GO DOWN FROM A DOMINANT FORCE TO AN ORDINARY SIDE. I BELIEVE THE LACK OF APPLICATION FROM CO-PLAYERS IS WHAT PUT OFF BRIAN LARA. I HAVE SEEN A FEW INNINGS WHERE A HAPLESS BRIAN LARA WATCHED FROM NON-STRIKERS END, HIS TEAM MATES FALL LIKE A PACK OF CARDS AT THE STRIKERS END. BUT CHANDERPAUL HAS CONTINUED TO FIGHT, SHOWING THE WAY TO HIS TEAM MATES. IT MUST HAVE BEEN VERY DIFFICULT FOR HIM TO MOTIVATE HIMSELF AFTER EVERY DEFEAT COZ THE END DOES NOT SEEM TO BE IN SIGHT. NONETHELESS, THE CHAMP GOES ON AND ON, FIGHTING INNINGS AFTER INNINGS. ALL THE BEST SHIV. EAGER TO SEE A DOMINANT WEST INDIAN SIDE.

  • on April 28, 2012, 5:35 GMT

    Well done Chanderpaul you deserve it.I admire your courage and determination always ready to perform you keep west indies cricket alive along with brain lara and ramesh sarwan hats of to you.West Indies cricket board should be thankful to you for your great contribution.I wish you all the best in life your are great batsmen,great personality.You are one my the best batsmen in modern era.You make Guyana and West Indies proud.Being a former cricketer played from 1975 to 1988 as professional cricket i know how hard is to cement a place in the team.You are Wall of West Indies.I am honored to meet you in Barbados when you were departing for England tour 2007.

  • on April 28, 2012, 4:17 GMT

    Congrats!!!! I am a Great Fan of Chanders,I even play my cricket with his type of stance !!!!!

  • D.Sharma on April 28, 2012, 2:11 GMT

    If Dravid wasn't my favourite player and Kallis didn't have his skills, Chanders would be the first to walk into my team over any other batsmen in the last 20 years.

  • on April 27, 2012, 17:21 GMT

    Congrats!!!! I am a Great Fan of Chanders,I even play my cricket with his type of stance !!!!!

  • mozen-rath on April 27, 2012, 16:21 GMT

    Well Done Shiv. At a time when West Indies cricket has been miles away from being good, you have been the best.

  • bharath74 on April 27, 2012, 15:51 GMT

    Congratulations Shiv Pal, u r a legend!!!!

  • on April 27, 2012, 15:48 GMT

    Congrats to the Tiger . Well done my Guyanese friend

  • DaDaL0G on April 27, 2012, 15:05 GMT

    Great Batsman But not a Match Winner, Sorry Shiv's Fans :( its Reality

  • AKS286 on April 27, 2012, 14:53 GMT

    after the retirements of legends shivy is the next legend of wi and world cricket. great batsman great personality. age never a factor for retiring only form is the factor. shame to gayle, samuel, bravo

  • on April 27, 2012, 14:28 GMT

    Congrats to a great player & person. Well done Tiger!

  • Major_Hammad on April 27, 2012, 13:51 GMT

    Much Much Congratulation to Legend Shivnarine Chanderpaul for 10,000+ runs, really superb and great batsman.....

  • on April 27, 2012, 13:06 GMT

    In fact , he is one of the greatest of our time due mainly to under the circumstances he was playing for he West Indian team.

  • vannoj on April 27, 2012, 12:54 GMT

    Congrats to the "TIGER'. You have indeed made cricket, test cricket, a fascinating game to watch. With all the hype of T20 cricket around you have shown that the longer form of the game can still be gripping. The fact that for most your career you played under trying circumstances and to reach the milestone of the 10,000 club is testimony of the quality you have as an international player. Never mind what people say, you are unique and the one best there is and will ever be, not only for the West Indies but for the entire cricketing fraternity. You have been a beacon in a time of din and fading light in WI cricket. The only hope is that those that you have taught have learnt their cricketing lessons well and are willing and able to demonstrate it in the near future. I say so because presently they are very poor students. But this is now all about you. LIVE ON "TIGER". Your reward is just.

  • on April 27, 2012, 12:47 GMT

    Congratulations Shiv on a wonderful achievement well don u made it to the top good luck bro.

  • KDoc on April 27, 2012, 12:41 GMT

    Congratulations Great Soldier of West Indies cricket !!!

  • Manush on April 27, 2012, 12:23 GMT

    If only the Gayle controversy is settled, WI will be again a front ranking team under the good captaincy of Sammy well supported by Chanderpaull. Well done . He deserves all praise.

  • Technical-1 on April 27, 2012, 11:53 GMT

    Shiv, I am not impress with your batting! You put West Indies in Danger with yourt slow batting every time! You should be trying to win matches and not pad your darn averages.

  • VernDebz on April 27, 2012, 11:04 GMT

    Congrats to the Tiger. Well played...I watched Chanders bat at the Queens Park Oval in T&T...at one point in the match it was the Tiger batting and Lyon (lion) and Beer (bear) bowling...Tiger, Lion and Bear. lol...the Tiger won the battle however.

    I signed up to comment on Cricinfo just to say congrats to a true West Indian hero. All the best Shiv...keep doing what you do best!!!

  • on April 27, 2012, 10:49 GMT

    well done broooooooooooooooooooo!

  • cricplay on April 27, 2012, 9:51 GMT

    Congrats!! You deserve this .. you are great wall of Windies. I always counts you as Dravid from India, M Hussey from Aus. Misbah from Pak etc.. who remains at crease and fight when all other fails. Congrats, Chanderpaul.

  • on April 27, 2012, 9:49 GMT

    Congrats shiv!! My first comment ever I made for any cricketer n tht's u. Welll done!! The wall of West Indies!

  • on April 27, 2012, 9:43 GMT

    The most hard working player I have ever seen.. Hats off...

  • on April 27, 2012, 9:36 GMT

    donno much abu how he batted against other teams but while playin against INDIA n AUSTRALIA he used to show his true determination n grit...Rahul dravid n shiv chanderpaul true test match legends "FOR ME" no arguements pls..hats off n congrats to u shiv ..!!

  • gnanamoorthy on April 27, 2012, 9:22 GMT

    Congratulation shiv, mighty Windies dominance on test cricket may end with Hooper, but still there is some pedigree left..

  • jabatikia on April 27, 2012, 9:15 GMT

    well done chanderpaul, congrats on reaching the milestone

  • Craggydev on April 27, 2012, 9:04 GMT

    Hope he gets acknowledged as a batting great after this feat! Congrats Shiv!

  • AvidFanDownUnder on April 27, 2012, 8:38 GMT

    Congratulations Shiv on a wonderful achievement: you know you have made it when everyone the opposition and their supporters are hoping you get out. 2) you know you've definitely made it when the opposition attack the other batsmen and hope to keep you quiet on the other end. In the last few years teams have gone from trying to get you out to just restricting you and getting the others out so that definitely means you are on top. The danger before was that you wouldn't be recognised for all your hard work but after this there is no danger of ever been forgotten in cricket history. Hats off, well done and please try and get out earlier next time you play Australia...from an Aussie fan who definitely recognises the greatness of Chanderpaul.

  • on April 27, 2012, 8:15 GMT

    congratulation i my core of hart,,,,,,,,,,,,,,,,,,,,,,,,,,,,

  • cambrose1211 on April 27, 2012, 8:01 GMT

    Congratulations - what a player always stood tall when the rest failed.

  • gimme-a-greentop on April 27, 2012, 7:55 GMT

    what a champ and a fighter ...thoroughly deserved accolade.

  • on April 27, 2012, 7:54 GMT

    one of the all time greats :) one man army !!

  • on April 27, 2012, 7:43 GMT

    Great achievement by great player hats off to you Shiv

  • hnlns on April 27, 2012, 7:38 GMT

    Congrats Shiv. He is the most unfancied work horse-like guy who has held the batting together times innumerable for his team. This guy has held his own and done amazingly well for so long while WI cricket continues to be in a turmoil and mess. Deserves a very special place in Windies cricket history when he callis it quits some day. True champion for the cricketing world, WI, and Guyana.

  • on April 27, 2012, 7:04 GMT

    congratulations chander by ahsen gulfam the greatest allrounder from pakistan

  • kingcobra85 on April 27, 2012, 6:43 GMT

    This guy proves cricket is a mental game! Hats off

  • on April 27, 2012, 6:13 GMT

    well done shiv chanderpaul

  • WickyRoy.paklover on April 27, 2012, 6:04 GMT

    Real fighter,d most undr.ratd n unsung along Kalis,if he could b playng 4 india,he would certainly be considerd one of Gods,a legend would have been writen aftr him.GOD BLES U 4RM PAK

  • HirenChandrakant on April 27, 2012, 5:45 GMT

    he is Peter Pan of West Indies Cricket....... It seems that he is playing for WI since ages

  • sachin_vvsfan on April 27, 2012, 5:40 GMT

    10000 is not just about the skills but the commitment which the talented players gayle and co are lacking. I will not be surprised if chanderpaul remains the last WI batsman to have scored 10k runs in test cricket.

  • on April 27, 2012, 5:31 GMT

    Congratulations Shiv i love u u r great player of all time

  • on April 27, 2012, 5:27 GMT

    Shiv can be a batsman on any team in the world. Although not always touted as a great player, he is. Bowlers all over the world know how difficult it is to get him out. There is always a great personal pride as a West Indian,knowing he wears our colors. Great job, we will rise again and you will be there!!!!!

  • on April 27, 2012, 5:25 GMT

    congrats tiger make another 10,000 cause no other west indian knows how to be consistent

  • timtom on April 27, 2012, 5:23 GMT

    Congrats SHIV... you are one person who will not evoke any comparisons from other modern batting greats...Your ways were always different and in your zone...That in itself is great....terrific achievement considering how WI performed since your debut.....

  • sandeep_cricket on April 27, 2012, 5:23 GMT

    Congrats chanders.. You deserve this.. You are the perfect example of test cricket player.. You were the obstacle for many test loses for west indies, i.e., you had saved many tests from losing for WI cricket.. You will be one of the most respected WI player as you have playing for your country, who most of them are playing in IPL.. But to achieve this you have came across many critics on your techniques,etc.. Know that you will be there forever,till cricket lives......

  • on April 27, 2012, 4:53 GMT

    Whatta Player! Just have a look at his current form in his cricinfo profile! And welcome to the club of 10,000 runs SIR! :)

  • abyrao on April 27, 2012, 4:50 GMT

    Congrats..... U are too good, god bless.

  • on April 27, 2012, 4:49 GMT

    Unsung hero of the West Indies!!

  • on April 27, 2012, 4:07 GMT

    Congrats...Shiv..it is very unique achievement from orthodox handy batsman...

  • on April 27, 2012, 4:07 GMT

    Players like chanderpaul are very few for a country. I have seen him since i am a small kid in about 15 years back. What a player he is!!!!!!!!!! he is equivalent to tendulkar for india, kallis for south africa, ponting for australia, or mahela for sri lanka. He is the best batsman in west indies and equal to the talent of brian lara as far as i beleive. congratulations for chanderpaul from sri lanka!!!!!!!!!!

  • on April 27, 2012, 4:04 GMT

    Chanders has shown his determination and strength long ago in the Indian and Australian tours. Obviously he is also a legend of the game like Tendulkar, Ponting, Dravid, Kallis. Long live this Guyana Tiger. He should not retire now, because his experience is needed for the growing WI team. He should carry his bat until the 2015 worldcup.

  • rayinto on April 27, 2012, 3:53 GMT

    Shiv Chanderpaul - the rock,anchor and backbone of the Windies through the roughest of times. Your devotion and determination everytime you pound those bails in the pitch to take your guard with those battle marks under your eyes inspires others to excel in whatever they do - not just cricketl. Thank you for sharing your gift with us. Especially love the hundred against Australia in the great 4th innings 415+ run chase to win it for the Windies - with a broken finger. Now here is a guy who grinds it out for the team. Congratulations on the 10K.

  • sri2001 on April 27, 2012, 3:52 GMT

    Well played Mr Chanderpaul. Now you can retire on a high note. This team will never improve, so there no point u playing in future.

  • dunger.bob on April 27, 2012, 3:34 GMT

    Congratulations Shiv. .. you are now officially one of the elite. You're a walking of example of guts and application married to a lot of skill. One of my favourite players even though you have scored a million runs at an average of a thousand against the Aussies.

  • adnan_rifat84 on April 27, 2012, 3:31 GMT

    Such a wonderful batsman to watch, stylish cool and calm player. Well done buddy. Greetings from Pakistan.

  • A.Shibly on April 27, 2012, 3:27 GMT

    Congratulations hope you can be top of the 10000 run list

  • on April 27, 2012, 3:13 GMT

    chandrapaul is one of the all time great batsmen produced by west indies.i congrat him.all the best chandra.l

  • on April 27, 2012, 3:12 GMT

    Tigerpaul...u r d man ....congrats and keep going!!!!!!!!

  • thinktank1 on April 27, 2012, 3:09 GMT

    After Brain Lara, it's Chanderpaul. Dedication. Hard Work. Passion.

  • on April 27, 2012, 2:45 GMT

    congratz chanderpaul 4 ur acheivement.

  • Hammond on April 27, 2012, 2:30 GMT

    A few interesting stats for this series to date (assuming that the Windies lose fairly quickly from here).. Best bowling- first two spots are Shillingford and Roach. Highest team total- Windies. Best batting average- Shiv Best Bowling average- Roach. Highest 3 batting partnerships- windies. Most catches- Sammy.. Now the 2-0 end result could have gone very differently if the windies had been able to knock over the Aussie tail in the first test, and if the rain hadn't ruined a promising run chase in the second. To me, given how superior these stats above go in favour of the West Indies, the only difference between the two teams has been the stubborness of the Aussie tail (highest Aussie partnership of the whole series was the 9th wicket). When Australia comes up against a side that can dispose of tailenders quickly (see Steyn/Anderson) then I expect that given current form they will honestly struggle. And against more consistent batsman (see Trott/Kallis)..

  • on April 27, 2012, 2:23 GMT

    Shiv. you have done us proud. We played against and with each other many times and I know the kind of competitive character you are. As a Guyanese and WI fan I salute your accomplishments and you much deserved to be in this Elite 10K Club. Keep scoring the runs champ...

  • bruciewalker on April 27, 2012, 2:21 GMT

    "Chanderpaul has witnessed many barren years in West Indies cricket, but has expressed optimism that the team is showing signs of significant improvement under the captaincy of Darren Sammy and the coaching of Ottis Gibson. This has encouraged him to prolong his career, having debuted against England in his home country of Guyana in March 1994."

    I suspect you're giving Gibson more credit than he's due for Chanderpaul's continued run-scoring appetite. Indeed, Chanderpaul has long stated his goal of 10K runs and more in both formats of the game; then Gibson thwarted that ambition by dismissing him from the ODI squad. Team building for the next world cup was a palpable reason, yet Gibson actually chose to blame Chanders (and other senior bats) for WI's failure in the last world cup. It is possible that this snub has spurred Chanders on; more likely, it is his own desire to excel at batting.

  • jgoogly on April 27, 2012, 2:06 GMT

    Indian BLOOD had done a lot to West Indies cricket. Ramadhin, Kanahi, Kalicharan, Chanderpaul and recently Sammy leading them. Rampaul , Bijo and Dionarine too shd ve Indian roots. I have missed a few like Genga. They all play like the current Indians do.

  • on April 27, 2012, 1:56 GMT

    Congrats Shiv !!! ... U have been a great cricketer and wish u lot of more runs !!!

  • on April 27, 2012, 1:50 GMT

    That;s another landmark for westindies.... More batsmen like him are needed for WI cricket to flourish... the then best team in the world has now become one of the poorest team.... Cheers West indies for the future

  • heathrf1974 on April 27, 2012, 1:46 GMT

    Like Rahul Dravid a player that values his wicket very highly. A well deserved milestone.

  • on April 27, 2012, 1:45 GMT

    Gongrats Shiv.We are indeed proud of you and superb achievements.GB.

  • krishay on April 27, 2012, 1:24 GMT

    Recently the radio commentary on the second test in Trinidad, a former WI wicketkeeper when asked the question said that Shiv was not great but only an above average player that to be great he had to have crowd appeal!! What Shiv has achieved can only be classified as great!!Lara and Chanders have and had carried WI cricket for so long during the hard and trying times that they deserve to be The TOP TWO HEROES!!!!!

  • goatman63 on April 27, 2012, 1:19 GMT

    congratulations to the great man, on reaching 10,000 hard fought test runs. Having been a fan of the game since 1970, i have witnessed much test cricket. Dring that time i have grown to truly enjoy the west indians plying their trade on the field. Great athletes and competitors. during this time so many greats graced the field. Lloyd, fredericks, holding, marshall, garner, gomes, richards, greenidge, haynes, ambrose, gibbs, and one of my favourites, logie, who with harper 2 of the greatest fieldsman i have seen. this list just names some of many great W.I players, not to mention those who played before my time. great to see shiv reach this rare milestone, a man who i beleive is underated by many. His fighting qualities alone mean he deserves inclusion in the 10,000 club. well done to a champion cricketer.

  • StatisticsRocks on April 27, 2012, 0:58 GMT

    CONGRATULATIONS Mr Chanders You are a great player and players like you and Dravid make test matches worth watching. I was watching the game today and you were just fantastic. Ihope the young WI players look upto and learn from u. U may not have the flair of a Lara but w/o u WI team is not cmplete. Hats off to u.

  • on April 27, 2012, 0:47 GMT

    Congratulation Shiv, u deserve for this all these years you have been the back bone of west indies team, ur a legend

  • auroraboy on April 27, 2012, 0:45 GMT

    Made me proud to be a Guyanese today, once again tiger you put guyana on de map. congrats man!!! hope to c u play for a few more years

  • on April 27, 2012, 0:30 GMT

    Tiger, congrats on reaching this milestone. You have been very consistent and a work horse over the years for the Windies. Thanks for the entertainment, you certainly have made us all proud.

  • peacemaker on April 27, 2012, 0:29 GMT

    Congratulations Shiv, a true Tiger.

  • AyrtonS on April 26, 2012, 23:43 GMT

    Congrats Shiv !! Anyone can lash and dash as in T20 cricket, but to stand up day in and day out batting your tails off in a five day game, 90% of the time to save that pathetic W.I team as you have done over your career and still being able to achieve 10,000 run in the process.

    Man !! you must have ice water running through your veins.

  • Nerk on April 26, 2012, 23:42 GMT

    One of the greatest, yet underrated batsman of the last two decades. Unlike the other great batsmen - Tendulkar, Dravid, Ponting etc. Chanderpaul has had to do this one in the most trying of circumstances, constantly fighting to save the team from defeat. He deserves every accolade thrust upon him, and as he has shown this series, he is not done yet.

  • ricky05 on April 26, 2012, 23:28 GMT

    congrats shiv! truly an inspiration to all guyanese and west indians in the whole!! underrated throughout your career but u do as u also and speak wit your bat!!! sammy and the rest of the batting to come needs to win this won and pay tribute to your service to west indies cricket!

  • Chris_P on April 26, 2012, 23:09 GMT

    Well done Shiv. I know you are highly respected as a true battler and a warrior by the Aussie public and players. The 10th and probably the only player of this elite band who had almost a career of playing in a diminishing side. The signs are good for a Windies revival as this team is shaping up with a bit of grit; It's too bad it's happening at the end of your career & not earlier but you should stand proud of your contribution to not only West Indian cricket but to the world of cricket.

  • on April 26, 2012, 22:57 GMT

    tigers gets old but dey don;t lose dey stripes. congrats to shiv. bat on till u decide its time(age 50)

  • on April 26, 2012, 22:38 GMT

    Congratulations.......and wellplayed

  • Lord_Dravid on April 26, 2012, 22:38 GMT

    always thought of him as one of west indies finest..congratss on the milestone!

  • Divinetouch on April 26, 2012, 22:29 GMT

    Congrats Shivji You are a credit to the game and has cemented your place in the annals of West Indian Cricket. As Guyanese we are all proud of your achievements.

    May your Divine inspiration Mahaveer Swami (Lord Hanuman) continue to shower HIS grace on you such that you can do more good.

    Thanks very muchnad Jai Seeta Ram.

  • satspeare on April 26, 2012, 22:22 GMT

    Congratulations to the TIGER, Shivnarine Chanderpaul - ops ChanderWALL !! very well done my fellow Guyanese - so proud of you!! One of the most humble sportsman and one of the most under-appreciated West Indian player ever. A man who have given so much to West Indies cricket and is still our lone hope. hopefully this incredible acheivement, coming at this time in our cricket will serve to inspire and motivate the team and the young players. How come no public statement from our wonderful coach who wanted to "tell THIS guy how to bat"? Keep going Shiv and many more runs to come in England - remember your last time there!! And thanks a lot for all the memories too. Good luck to you and good luck to West Indies.

  • on April 26, 2012, 22:15 GMT

    Its sad to say this but Tiger may be the last batsman in WI cricket to reach 10,000 runs

  • on April 26, 2012, 22:11 GMT

    Congrads to Shiv ...Gibson should kiss your feet.....and WICB should bring Tiger back in the One Day Squad for England because these youngster at the top got no brains

  • OT12 on April 26, 2012, 22:02 GMT

    Great player always lived under shadow of Lara, but have to say he has achieved great milestone, I'm so upset with SR TENDULKAR couz of him these milestones have even become mediocre.

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    I'm so upset he just got out. Carlton Baugh and Skipper Sammy need to both play their greatest ever innings tomorrow for them to have a chance.

  • on April 26, 2012, 21:22 GMT

    Congrats Tiger! You're the best.

  • on April 26, 2012, 21:14 GMT

    A great batsman who is greatly underrated as he is not included in the conversation of great batsmen currently playing. He was one of the best WI players in one-day cricket and with Chris Gayle formed a formidale opening pair. He has won several matches in 1-day for the WI and hopefully he will get the respect he richly deserves as one of the best playing today.

  • on April 26, 2012, 21:04 GMT

    Congrats Shiv for a well deserved achievement.

  • wilecoyote on April 26, 2012, 21:03 GMT

    Thanks to the wonderful people at the WICB he did it in Dominica instead of Guyana, his home country, where the game was originally scheduled.

  • Front-Foot-Lunge on April 26, 2012, 21:03 GMT

    Great going Shiv. You've had a superlative career. Shame you just got out though to Australia's no.1 spinner, Michael Clarke!

  • on April 26, 2012, 20:57 GMT

    the only player on whom the windies team can rely !!! cheers Shiv !!!

  • on April 26, 2012, 20:53 GMT

    Congratulations goes out to Shiv!!! Always a man who worked consistently in the shadow of those who were flashier than he is. Very humble character and a team player. You deserve to join the LEGENDS of the game.

  • amar_ramessar on April 26, 2012, 20:45 GMT

    In Guyanese parlance they say " you can't tie Tiger with String. Congrats to Shiv for a yet another brilliant knock and for reaching that esteemed ranking in cricket history. You have made Guyana and by extension all west indians proud.

  • cricPassion2009 on April 26, 2012, 20:43 GMT

    Feeling compelled to write again, just digesting what this man has done for cricket. Having watched the best of this generation, I salute Chander and professionally the takeaway for me from him is the enormous Consistency, Dedication and Concentration where it matters THE most. These words look hollow 99% of the time. Only a select few live it to the full. Chandrapal is one of them. *congrats* Chanderpal !

  • on April 26, 2012, 20:41 GMT

    @SAL 76 FELLOW GUYANESE OF THE GREAT SHIV.WEWE ARE PROUD AND GRATEFUL

  • JG2704 on April 26, 2012, 20:36 GMT

    Pretty much echo everyone elses comms. The guy has one of the strangest stances but is extremely hard to budge and he has not had many dreat batsmen around him for much of his career so he has had all the pressure and expectation on him. Seems like a humble quiet soul too. Big congrats from England

  • OmerKKhan on April 26, 2012, 20:32 GMT

    He is a test cricket legend, better than tendulkar

  • on April 26, 2012, 20:26 GMT

    Congratulations to the long guard if the WI!!! Well deserved and hard earned.

  • on April 26, 2012, 20:22 GMT

    He s a class act , Unsung hero in World Cricket !! One man army fighting 2 prevent defeat from mighty Aussies single handedly

  • on April 26, 2012, 20:17 GMT

    I SALUTE TO CHANDERPAUL. HE IS ONE OF THE BEST CRICKETER AND ONE OF THE BEST TEST PLAYER I EVER SEEN

  • nzcricket174 on April 26, 2012, 20:14 GMT

    Congrats to a Champion batsman!

  • LeicesterNick on April 26, 2012, 20:13 GMT

    A true modern cricketing great. Unassuming and a slave to the art of test match batting. A glass raised here in sunny (!) Leicestershire UK

  • on April 26, 2012, 20:10 GMT

    One of the best in the world. 10000 plus runs. Not an easy feat. Congrats. Played against this guy... made 240 plus at the age 16. Keep going.

  • on April 26, 2012, 20:02 GMT

    A champion of a batman. A model of determination and character. Well done Shiv!!

  • on April 26, 2012, 19:57 GMT

    A player par excellence, has always been there trying to save the sinking ship time and again. Patience personified- Mr Classy C'paul!!!!!!

  • 2054 on April 26, 2012, 19:56 GMT

    Congratulations! Tiger. You have journeyed on a long and winding road, from the little village of Unity in cricketing loving Guyana to the heights of excellence in Internetional batsmanship. You did so with the virtue of uncomplicated simplicity and stoic perseverance. The Greek philosopher Epicurius once said that the more the constrains, the greater is the Glory involvd in overcoming same. You have given the cricketing world the empirical evidence to support that statement. Enjoy this moment of Glory you worked very hard for it. Your accomplishment has given true meaning to the hopes of the folk song of your native land: "Till at Lenght, When each of us will show what Guyana's sons and daughters can be". Enjoy

  • DesiCricketfan on April 26, 2012, 19:53 GMT

    Here is comment from india, congratulations shiv you have done windies proud you have been a great player and hope that you get more success in your life. Great job. Another Excellent cricketer in Elite group...

  • Shan156 on April 26, 2012, 19:51 GMT

    Well deserved Chanders. Congratulations. Chanderpaul is a batsman whose approach may not always be pleasing to the eye but is most effective. He has played well against all teams and in all conditions and deserves a place in the pantheon of great batsmen. Hope he continues to do well for years to come (except against England, of course:-))

  • on April 26, 2012, 19:50 GMT

    Walking across the crease...keeping the runs flowing while the beer flows about in the crowds..amidst the chaos of WI cricket, a great force lay..A quiet man who with grit compiled his runs and saved the blushes yet again for his team..occasionally applauded for his contributions..such a guy!!

  • on April 26, 2012, 19:49 GMT

    congrats shiv! this man has a lot common, sans crab-style position, with another legend called rahul dravid- commitment for the game, down to earth personality, and a fighting spirit! a pure test cricketer and one of my favorites. hope he continues for long. respect.

  • on April 26, 2012, 19:39 GMT

    Wonderful, Congrats Chandrapul..

  • on April 26, 2012, 19:39 GMT

    Great going, Tiger! Always giving 150%! Thanks for giving this Windies fan something to smile about today. 10,000 congrats plus some to you! Always and forever a fan! WI all in with Tiger!!

  • on April 26, 2012, 19:39 GMT

    Congrats shiv , i was there at bourda for your test debut and tell myself you will be one of the greatest ...please ppl don't compare 20/20 to test cricket.

  • on April 26, 2012, 19:37 GMT

    The 10,000 club...reserved for the very best in test cricket,congratulations Shiv Chanderpaul,you perhaps,is the only man to have 'CRAFTED' your way into this unique club.Way to go.....

  • PROSYNINC on April 26, 2012, 19:34 GMT

    Congrats Shiv. your compatriot

  • AdrianVanDenStael on April 26, 2012, 19:33 GMT

    Congratulations Chanders, a highly respected player and a worthy addition to this elite player. @Pechorin: admirable nit-picking. I hope Chanders can go on to get at least 65 and thus guarantee that he will end this series with an average of above 50.

  • Nish_US on April 26, 2012, 19:32 GMT

    I salute you Chander! Great job! Keep up the good work! Windies needs you for atleast another couple of years..

    Imagine a similar feat by an Indian, there would have been a record on the number of comments as well.

  • on April 26, 2012, 19:30 GMT

    well done shiv you are a true guyanase TIGER congrads keep the runs flowing

  • cricPassion2009 on April 26, 2012, 19:25 GMT

    Congratulations on the well-earned milestone Chandra - The West Indian Wall. You are one of the very best, gritty and solid batsmen around.

  • WJ77 on April 26, 2012, 19:22 GMT

    Congratulations! Well deserved Chanderpaul!

  • anuAddict on April 26, 2012, 19:21 GMT

    Even though an Indian fan, one player that I have been keenly waiting to hit this milestone in Chanders! A gracious, humble man, somehow I think he is the most likeable of all those have made this feat, perhaps only Dravid comes close. May Chanders and WI cricket prosper, we are so much poorer without them. All the best Chanders, way to go...

  • tindoe on April 26, 2012, 19:11 GMT

    the west indies need experience at the top order .

  • on April 26, 2012, 19:06 GMT

    Well deserved milestone. I have always wondered why they don't play him at no 3.

  • Pechorin on April 26, 2012, 19:05 GMT

    Nit-picking perhaps, but wouldn't his 10,000th run have taken his average to 50 rather than above 50? I only comment because they were wonderful numbers. 10,000 runs, dismissed 200 times, average of exactly 50. The beauty of cricket statistics. Love it.

  • funkyandy on April 26, 2012, 19:04 GMT

    A true modern day great. Shiv's 37 years young, bats like a crab and still the best player in the team - go Tiger!!

  • on April 26, 2012, 19:01 GMT

    I always considered him a great test batsman. Unlike others in the world achieving the same feat, more than 50% of his test runs are made in crisis situation for West Indies.

  • on April 26, 2012, 19:00 GMT

    Fight on Tiger!!! The last of the great West Indian warriors. As long as you are there we have a chance, remember 2003

  • on April 26, 2012, 19:00 GMT

    congratulations on your big achievement

  • Sal76 on April 26, 2012, 18:53 GMT

    I'm surprised that there are no comments on this. Only 9 other batsmen in the history of world cricket have reached this landmark, yet no comments, not even from West Indians. No wonder cricket is dying in the islands. Hats off Chanderpaul, you're on gritty campaigner. I may not be West Indian and I may not be the biggest fan of the current West Indian side, but I admire your guts. Take a bow!!!

  • on April 26, 2012, 18:53 GMT

    You are a master and you have made me proud all the way in Thailand. 10,000 Congratulations Tiger.

  • nicudoc on April 26, 2012, 18:53 GMT

    Congrats Shiv. You always gave your best and performed admirably at a time when WI were struggling. May you be a source of Inspiration for other WI youngsters and bring back the glory days of WI..... A fan from Pakistan

  • prasad_shukla on April 26, 2012, 18:50 GMT

    congrats chanderpaul...west indian wall....

  • TAJY on April 26, 2012, 18:50 GMT

    'The younger players are coming through' he says. You need to teach these youngsters how to bat Chanders, cuz we still rely HEAVILY on you to make any decent score in Tests

  • rama_krish on April 26, 2012, 18:50 GMT

    What a giant of WI cricket. Always dependable; always producing; always learning. A great model for batsmen who want to succeed.

  • Chris.Maverick.McFly on April 26, 2012, 18:49 GMT

    Congrats Shiv, you have been a perfect example leading from front most of the time and inspiring youngsters !!! BRAVO !!! still way to go .....

  • Windies89 on April 26, 2012, 18:48 GMT

    Congrats Chanderpaul!!! A stalwart of Windies cricket

  • GuyFan on April 26, 2012, 18:46 GMT

    Congrats Shiv on a great milestone. Well done on a career of determination and true grit. You are indeed one of the greats! You have demonstrated that greatness is as much about consistency and longevity as it is about being flashy in every innings. You have served the West Indies well and long may it continue. From the start you were just concerned about not giving your wicket away and occupying the crease. You have served as a great model for other West Indian batsmen who are too often in a hurry to score and have largely failed to grasp the significance and importance of spending extended periods at the wicket. In that way it at least ensures that a good foundation is built for the team and opens up other possibilities in the match - well apart from losing in a couple of days. Keep the great work going and continue your great contribution to the development of West Indian cricket. You never played for the stats but yet still you have achieved so much. Enjoy your moment and cheers to

  • on April 26, 2012, 18:46 GMT

    Respect... as a windies fan, you have been served us well despite having the 'crabbiest' batting style.

  • Shreyas_Sinkar on April 26, 2012, 18:45 GMT

    Congrats Shiv on a wonderful and deserving achievement considering he had to bat most of the times with lower order batsmen.Hope to see u playing for many more years to come...

  • S305 on April 26, 2012, 18:43 GMT

    Congrats, mate! and a great career!

  • zhane on April 26, 2012, 18:39 GMT

    Congrats, Shiv, as fellow Guyanese we are proud of your accomplishments

  • doesitmatter on April 26, 2012, 18:38 GMT

    As one Bhaskar put it ..An unapplauded genius..Give me Shiv anytime...ok ok give me Lara in the dead rubbers :)....btw next time when i bat in the league cricket i play i will take guard and mark my stance using the bail that is my tribute to the Great man..GO SHIV

  • on April 26, 2012, 18:38 GMT

    Congratulations CHANDERPAUL. You deserve it :)

  • zhane on April 26, 2012, 18:37 GMT

    Well done, Shiv and as a fellow Guyanese we are proud of your accomplishments in international cricket.

  • Dav1daKing on April 26, 2012, 18:37 GMT

    All Hial Shiv.. Gr8nessss!!!!

  • on April 26, 2012, 18:36 GMT

    Congrats Tiger! We're so proud of you and your accomplishments!

  • Dav1daKing on April 26, 2012, 18:36 GMT

    all Hail Chiv.. Gr8ness!!!!

  • on April 26, 2012, 18:36 GMT

    Thank you Shiv for making me proud - a lone Guyanese in Thailand. I saw you in 1992 at Everest CC in Georgetown. I think you made 46 in the game, but it was obvious you were going to be around for a while. 10,000 Congratulations Tiger.

  • Rickb on April 26, 2012, 18:30 GMT

    Congratulations to the TIGER. If only West Indies had two like him, we would win a few more matches. Has shown his worth in every match played. If he could take West Indies to victory this match, would be beyond excellent.

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  • Rickb on April 26, 2012, 18:30 GMT

    Congratulations to the TIGER. If only West Indies had two like him, we would win a few more matches. Has shown his worth in every match played. If he could take West Indies to victory this match, would be beyond excellent.

  • on April 26, 2012, 18:36 GMT

    Thank you Shiv for making me proud - a lone Guyanese in Thailand. I saw you in 1992 at Everest CC in Georgetown. I think you made 46 in the game, but it was obvious you were going to be around for a while. 10,000 Congratulations Tiger.

  • Dav1daKing on April 26, 2012, 18:36 GMT

    all Hail Chiv.. Gr8ness!!!!

  • on April 26, 2012, 18:36 GMT

    Congrats Tiger! We're so proud of you and your accomplishments!

  • Dav1daKing on April 26, 2012, 18:37 GMT

    All Hial Shiv.. Gr8nessss!!!!

  • zhane on April 26, 2012, 18:37 GMT

    Well done, Shiv and as a fellow Guyanese we are proud of your accomplishments in international cricket.

  • on April 26, 2012, 18:38 GMT

    Congratulations CHANDERPAUL. You deserve it :)

  • doesitmatter on April 26, 2012, 18:38 GMT

    As one Bhaskar put it ..An unapplauded genius..Give me Shiv anytime...ok ok give me Lara in the dead rubbers :)....btw next time when i bat in the league cricket i play i will take guard and mark my stance using the bail that is my tribute to the Great man..GO SHIV

  • zhane on April 26, 2012, 18:39 GMT

    Congrats, Shiv, as fellow Guyanese we are proud of your accomplishments

  • S305 on April 26, 2012, 18:43 GMT

    Congrats, mate! and a great career!