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

  • dummy4fb 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 :)

  • dummy4fb 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!

  • dummy4fb 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.

  • dummy4fb 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.

  • dummy4fb 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.

  • dummy4fb 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.

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