West Indies v India, 3rd Test, Dominica, 5th day July 10, 2011

Chanderpaul saves the day yet again

Under immense pressure when he walked out in the morning, he won redemption with a battling century
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"Chanderpaul is the most irritating batsman to bowl to." That was Ishant Sharma, on the fourth evening, confirming what one suspected the case would be. Shivnarine Chanderpaul shuffles into the middle almost unimpressively. His head down, those anti-glare stickers under his eyes gleam, the helmet seems too big for his head, he peers through the grill before lowering his gaze again, revving himself for the task ahead. It's a bubble that he enters into.

Everything he does stands out. His stance, the way he marks his guard with the bail, his mannerisms, his leaves, and his nips-and-tucks. What can you say about that Jack-Russell leave? It's almost designed to make the bowlers tear their hair apart. It appears as if he is almost playing with their mind. It's almost as if he is saying "Look, look I am about to play it, the edge is here; just kidding. You thought I was offering a shot? Sorry. Next ball. Same thing."

However, today, as he walked out to resume his knock he would have been under immense pressure. Cricket is seldom merely a game of bat and ball. It's in the inner workings of the man that makes this game so fascinating to watch.

Chanderpaul needed runs. Two other seniors were already out. You know that story. The red lights were flashing at the exit door. His team needed his runs. The match hung on his bat. And soon, Darren Sammy, the 11th captain he has played under, fell to a wrong decision and he was left to bat with the tail.

Throughout his career, his critics have railed against his "selfishness". They say it comes through when he bats with the tailenders. The criticism is that he rarely farms the strike and almost prefers to be not out. He has rarely commented about it but it's not as if he doesn't care. You saw that in his leaping defence of himself, and the threat to sue, when the board said something about the seniors before the Pakistan tour.

There are other problems, personal in nature, that the ones close to him talk about. The pressure must have been ferocious as he faced up to the task today. The radio commentators were raising their voices too. "Chanderpaul must take strike."

He started to farm the strike initially. Surprise. He denied the singles. Arched eyebrows. He guided Fidel Edwards throughout his stay. The critics too would have fallen back in love. Luckily for him, it seemed the Indians had long given up trying to take him out. They rarely attacked him. It was an admission that he was too good today.

The crowd lapped it all up in great delight. "Let's go Chanderpaul, Let's go!" was the cry in the morning. It went around the arena and when he went down on his knee and kissed the pitch in his inimitable style, it reached a crescendo.

He had lots of problems yesterday against Harbhajan Singh, who was lacklustre today, and he only had couple of iffy moments against Suresh Raina. He pushed inside the line couple of times as the ball turned past the edge. Even then he rarely chased them. . The day wore on. Redemption was claimed in the morning with that ton and you were left wondering whether Chanderpaul will achieve glory in the afternoon by taking West Indies to a draw.

The Indians were a ragged unit today. Not one bowler was sharp. They even looked physically deflated. The draw looked a serious possibility but you knew, and they obviously knew, it was just one wicket away. Chanderpaul ensured it wouldn't be his. He leaned, lunged, pressed back, tucked, tapped, nudged, left, and irritated the hell out of the Indians. The crowd swelled in pride and the decibel levels grew but all fell silent in agony when Edwards, perhaps too tired, perhaps a touch too eager, perhaps getting a touch ahead of himself, lifted Raina to Praveen Kumar, who reflected India's agonising wait with the way he threw down the ball on the ground.

Chanderpaul and the amazing Edwards, whose energy levels match his fierce ambition, had batted out 37 overs. They nearly batted out India. Devendra Bishoo fell soon after. India couldn't go through Chanderpaul and so, they went around him.

In the end, as India gave up the chase, to the obvious surprise of many, West Indies walked around the stadium for a lap of honour. Chanderpaul, who hadn't come out to field, slowly followed them and walked behind them. He held his cap up on the left hand and smiled as the Dominican crowd, who seemed to have adopted him, gave him a rousing reception. It felt appropriate. Chanderpaul had yet again saved the day for West Indies. The story of his life.

Sriram Veera is a staff writer at ESPNcricinfo

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  • on July 12, 2011, 2:49 GMT

    I am proud of Shiv. Who would be so crazy to think that he should retire after saving the West Indies from a trashing? You critics must be crazy. Shiv is here to stay.

  • on July 12, 2011, 0:46 GMT

    Thank u the Dominican people for showing your love for Shiv Chanderpaul at a time when so many others turned on him ......thanks!!!!

  • tappee74 on July 11, 2011, 22:34 GMT

    Finally the cloud that hung over his head has taken refuge somewhere else.It puzzled me as he continued to fail,something uncharacteristic about this lone genius. History will chronicle many great batsmen whose stroke play and records were phenomenal,men who have average 50 and over,but Shiv's quality is one of a kind.His average of 49, is a shade under the greats, yet i see this rare rock with the greats. Those who know the game know he is a bowler's nightmare,and he can also shift into overdrive when necessary.His statistic is amazing,23 hundreds,55 fifties,12 not out centuries,the 4th fastest test hundred etc.Thanks to the Prime Minister of Dominica for his gift to this rare jewel,you have revealed class.

  • rayinto on July 11, 2011, 18:20 GMT

    Dravid might be India's wall, but Shiv is the West Indian anchor.When de drops anchor like he did in this last game, wickets only fall at the other end, and even then, he encourages others to excel like he did with Edwards & Edwards. Shiv is what determination and perseverance is all about. His powers of concentration is a model for others to emulate. It is just a matter of time before he achieves the target of 1,000 test runs. Actually, he could do that in both forms of the game if given the chance. i heard that he is being given Dominician citizenship. The way Shiv saves the West Indies, he should be citizen for each and every country in the region.The tiger is getting old but he certainly has not lost his stripes.

  • exuma on July 11, 2011, 16:54 GMT

    Common WICB, drop him. He has done nothing for WI cricket, only played a 133 test and save WI team on numerous times from defeat and made a century in the highest succesful test score chase vs Aus. Far as WICB concern, this is not significant. Drop him Gibson, he is not taking your advice to retire. EXuma.

  • Silverbails on July 11, 2011, 16:51 GMT

    Yet another tremendous defeat - saving innings from a great WI player. Not too pretty to watch, but you ask opposition captains who they'd like in a situation like this, and I suspect that Chanderpaul would be very near the top of such a list!!

    Congrats. to him on yet another deserved century. WI without this player over the past decade - and - a - half would surely have lost a lot more matches than they have.

    It has always puzzled me why the WICB haven't recognised such a player with such tremendous qualities? It's not all about dazzling strokeplay in the biggest stage of them all: Test Matches.

    After all, it's Test matches that DEFINE a player's career, no other format of the game!! SC is absolutely essential to the development of this 'embryonic' WI team for the future...

  • NP_NY on July 11, 2011, 14:15 GMT

    I am disappointed that India didn't win this test (can't believe they didn't even go for it!). But I am happy for WI and especially Chanders. This man's a fighter to the core. And to think WICB thought about dropping him! If the WICB could reconcile with Gayle and bring back Dwayne Bravo and Taylor as well, WI could make a big comeback!

  • Malret on July 11, 2011, 13:54 GMT

    OMG, I can't help but root for the WI team. What a performance from Chanderpaul!! How I long for the powerful WI team of the 90s. Wow, that would make international cricket exciting again. Right now, only 3-4 teams are consistently performing at the top level. One more and it would be the best thing that ever happened.

  • Dtaz on July 11, 2011, 13:42 GMT

    Congrats to Shiv on making a 100 in his 133rd test match... the most by any West Indian. the century contributed immensely to West Indies saving the test match, but the manner in which he batted during the partnership with Fidel is unacceptable. Whenever WI wins we as west indians tend to sweep problems under the carpet .. the same happens when we draw a test match, especially these days. Recently Shiv was critical of the coaching staff in saying that they wanted to tell him how to bat or contruct an inning. He hinted that he has been in international cricket for 17 years and he disaproves of the manner in which the coaching staff was "interfering" in his batting. However, let's be honest could the coaching staff of the WI cricket team be happy in the manner in which Shiv batted while he was at the wicket with Edwards? The WI needed to consume time and put runs on the Board. Shiv, as the leading batsman in the team contributed 29 runs while Edwards contributed 30. Unaccepable!

  • Kavum on July 11, 2011, 13:13 GMT

    Who's da man? You da man. Shiv blunted the attack and wrought a creditable draw for his side. SC ended the great Sri Lankan Vaas' mystique (and his career) with a uncharacteristic knock to win WI an ODI. Vaas never really recovered. This is a man of incredible talent, guts and character. One would almost like to adopt him and call him South Asian - Shivanarayan Chandrapalan. Rock on, bro.

  • on July 12, 2011, 2:49 GMT

    I am proud of Shiv. Who would be so crazy to think that he should retire after saving the West Indies from a trashing? You critics must be crazy. Shiv is here to stay.

  • on July 12, 2011, 0:46 GMT

    Thank u the Dominican people for showing your love for Shiv Chanderpaul at a time when so many others turned on him ......thanks!!!!

  • tappee74 on July 11, 2011, 22:34 GMT

    Finally the cloud that hung over his head has taken refuge somewhere else.It puzzled me as he continued to fail,something uncharacteristic about this lone genius. History will chronicle many great batsmen whose stroke play and records were phenomenal,men who have average 50 and over,but Shiv's quality is one of a kind.His average of 49, is a shade under the greats, yet i see this rare rock with the greats. Those who know the game know he is a bowler's nightmare,and he can also shift into overdrive when necessary.His statistic is amazing,23 hundreds,55 fifties,12 not out centuries,the 4th fastest test hundred etc.Thanks to the Prime Minister of Dominica for his gift to this rare jewel,you have revealed class.

  • rayinto on July 11, 2011, 18:20 GMT

    Dravid might be India's wall, but Shiv is the West Indian anchor.When de drops anchor like he did in this last game, wickets only fall at the other end, and even then, he encourages others to excel like he did with Edwards & Edwards. Shiv is what determination and perseverance is all about. His powers of concentration is a model for others to emulate. It is just a matter of time before he achieves the target of 1,000 test runs. Actually, he could do that in both forms of the game if given the chance. i heard that he is being given Dominician citizenship. The way Shiv saves the West Indies, he should be citizen for each and every country in the region.The tiger is getting old but he certainly has not lost his stripes.

  • exuma on July 11, 2011, 16:54 GMT

    Common WICB, drop him. He has done nothing for WI cricket, only played a 133 test and save WI team on numerous times from defeat and made a century in the highest succesful test score chase vs Aus. Far as WICB concern, this is not significant. Drop him Gibson, he is not taking your advice to retire. EXuma.

  • Silverbails on July 11, 2011, 16:51 GMT

    Yet another tremendous defeat - saving innings from a great WI player. Not too pretty to watch, but you ask opposition captains who they'd like in a situation like this, and I suspect that Chanderpaul would be very near the top of such a list!!

    Congrats. to him on yet another deserved century. WI without this player over the past decade - and - a - half would surely have lost a lot more matches than they have.

    It has always puzzled me why the WICB haven't recognised such a player with such tremendous qualities? It's not all about dazzling strokeplay in the biggest stage of them all: Test Matches.

    After all, it's Test matches that DEFINE a player's career, no other format of the game!! SC is absolutely essential to the development of this 'embryonic' WI team for the future...

  • NP_NY on July 11, 2011, 14:15 GMT

    I am disappointed that India didn't win this test (can't believe they didn't even go for it!). But I am happy for WI and especially Chanders. This man's a fighter to the core. And to think WICB thought about dropping him! If the WICB could reconcile with Gayle and bring back Dwayne Bravo and Taylor as well, WI could make a big comeback!

  • Malret on July 11, 2011, 13:54 GMT

    OMG, I can't help but root for the WI team. What a performance from Chanderpaul!! How I long for the powerful WI team of the 90s. Wow, that would make international cricket exciting again. Right now, only 3-4 teams are consistently performing at the top level. One more and it would be the best thing that ever happened.

  • Dtaz on July 11, 2011, 13:42 GMT

    Congrats to Shiv on making a 100 in his 133rd test match... the most by any West Indian. the century contributed immensely to West Indies saving the test match, but the manner in which he batted during the partnership with Fidel is unacceptable. Whenever WI wins we as west indians tend to sweep problems under the carpet .. the same happens when we draw a test match, especially these days. Recently Shiv was critical of the coaching staff in saying that they wanted to tell him how to bat or contruct an inning. He hinted that he has been in international cricket for 17 years and he disaproves of the manner in which the coaching staff was "interfering" in his batting. However, let's be honest could the coaching staff of the WI cricket team be happy in the manner in which Shiv batted while he was at the wicket with Edwards? The WI needed to consume time and put runs on the Board. Shiv, as the leading batsman in the team contributed 29 runs while Edwards contributed 30. Unaccepable!

  • Kavum on July 11, 2011, 13:13 GMT

    Who's da man? You da man. Shiv blunted the attack and wrought a creditable draw for his side. SC ended the great Sri Lankan Vaas' mystique (and his career) with a uncharacteristic knock to win WI an ODI. Vaas never really recovered. This is a man of incredible talent, guts and character. One would almost like to adopt him and call him South Asian - Shivanarayan Chandrapalan. Rock on, bro.

  • CricketChat on July 11, 2011, 12:53 GMT

    Despite the painstaking century, it can't mask the fact Shiv is well past his best. He should gracefully retire on a a high now.

  • on July 11, 2011, 12:32 GMT

    well done WI. You did extremely well to reduce a much inticipated clean sweep to 1-0 win for the mighty no.1 test team! well done WI. You did extremely well to reduce a much inticipated clean sweep to 1-0 win for the mighty no.1 test team!

  • on July 11, 2011, 12:07 GMT

    why is russell not in the westindies team?

  • NCassie on July 11, 2011, 12:01 GMT

    Well done Shivnarine Chanderpaul, they can't keep you down, may Lord Shiva continue to guide and bless you!

  • KannanSmiles on July 11, 2011, 11:58 GMT

    Well Done Shiv, you saved another day for Windies, under the 11th captain, All the Best to Play under a Dozen of skipprs

  • zarasochozarasamjho on July 11, 2011, 10:09 GMT

    Chanderpaul played a splendid innings, and saved his team from defeat and even created a slim chance of a win. So what's new?

  • AvidFanDownUnder on July 11, 2011, 10:02 GMT

    Come on Chanderpaul - get the 10,000 - only another 633 runs away - at the most only two more test series for a batsman of your calibre - maybe even one series away. And as for "Chris Sun's" comment - he already is a LEGEND - now he just needs to help the younger batsmen out. He really should bat higher up the order (like Rahul does for India) - he needs to start building the wall so the rest of the team can take shelter rather than building the wall when the enemy has already infiltrated. Good on ya.

  • vinny9971 on July 11, 2011, 9:38 GMT

    Hypothetically West Indies could have one of their strongest sides of the modern era. 1.Barath 2. Gayle 3. Edwards/Nash 4. Sarwan/ Samuels 5.Chanderpaul 6. Darren Bravo 7.Dwayne Bravo 8.Bishoo/Pollard/Benn 9.Rampaul/Jerome Taylor 10.Edwards 11.Roach

  • thianavi on July 11, 2011, 8:31 GMT

    "Harbhajan Singh, who was lacklustre today"...I wonder how many times this as been said? I suspect many, many times in the last 3 years.

  • on July 11, 2011, 6:30 GMT

    Superman!!!! Incredible talent...one day i will teach my son how to play like Chandas, especially that stance.

  • on July 11, 2011, 6:29 GMT

    Indian bowlers were energy less in the second innings. Praveen Kumar was used very less and Ishant was used a lot and Munaf was wicket less. Raina should have introduced very early when wickets weren't falling. He took the last two wickets, this shows that Indian bowlers have no great ball that can surprise Chanderpaul. I did not like Chanderpaul playing too defensively but he has no other choice but to play defensively. But Indian team was napping and allowed Fidel Edwards to play more than 100 balls, disgusting. Whatever, Chanderpaul is invincible against Indian bowling attack. I hope he plays like this on teams like Australia, South Africa and England. M. S Dhoni should have pressed for Win when still 15 overs were left in the day, India just surrendered too early for a draw very boring test draw.

  • spiritwithin on July 11, 2011, 6:15 GMT

    whatta player he is,as an indian i feel happy as well as dissapointed,happy that WI has got some really good young players and started to show fight,first their 1-1 agaisnt a talented pak side and now against a no.1 team,they r going in the right direction,and this is the same chanderpaul who's almost dropped by the WICB calling him unworthy lol to the WI board & selector..and i m feeling dissapointed that indian batsman did'nt even tried to chase the target from the very start and this is a one dissapointment feature of Dhoni's captaincy,he always adopt a ''save first'',in NZ his cautious approach deprived india of a win,here again with players odi players like raina,kohli,dhoni himself they sud have promoted himself to try and chase the target and only if had they lost wickets at the start it's then understandable to let dravid,laxman and other to play cautiously,its not the trait a no.1 team sud follow,this indian team is not in the league of aus or WI but sud hav done better

  • on July 11, 2011, 5:16 GMT

    180 runs was a easy target where the 5th day was much better for batting , fidel edwards consumed more than hundred balls.....so india shud be much more attacking. really shame

  • Rahul_78 on July 11, 2011, 5:10 GMT

    Comprise a team of left handed batsmen including Sanath, Hayden Saeed Anwar, Chanderpaul, Jimmy Adams and Andy flower against Indian team of any Era and I ll guarantee you they will score 1000 runs in a inning each time. Indian never had answer to these left hand batsmen and had to wait till they retired from test cricket. Good on you Chanders..well played again.

  • Isaac_7 on July 11, 2011, 4:12 GMT

    Good performance from Windies, however, they should consider playing another alrounder with Sammy, that gives an extra option. Team:Gayle,K.Edwards,Bravo,Shiv,Samuels,Baugh,Sammy,Russell,Benn,and 2 of Fidel,Taylor,Ravi,Roach. If the top3 or 4 batters fail, the team can counterattack, cause let's be honest, Baugh, Sammy and Russell aren't going to block it, so it's best to play to your strengths.

  • Kalan9211 on July 11, 2011, 3:11 GMT

    chanderpaul is wonderful classic player.

  • on July 11, 2011, 2:59 GMT

    Chanderpaul should be a WI legend, he is among the best batsmen to play the modern game behind Lara. His achievements often go unnoticed because his team always loses but he is a battler always fighting to the end. Don't know how long he would last but they would be big shoes to fill when he retires. Still has a good couple of years left in him.

  • StatisticsRocks on July 11, 2011, 2:12 GMT

    First off, congratulations to the WI for a great performance. And Shiv, hats off to you for a gutsy performance along with the two Edwards. I am very dispppointed with Indias attitude as we lack killer instinct. Why were we so defensive on a good batting track. A #1 test team should go for the win. I am sure the Aussies and the old WI team would have won the game. There was no indication from the get go by the Indians to win this one. Dhoni and Co. this defensive approach is not going to help against England who are a great test team. The fear of losing is what let us down. I would take a hard fought effortful loss anyday over this defensive approach. Pl don't use the excuse that our's was a B team.

    All in all the young WI team showed great heart and I hope Gayle is back in the squad. One more fast bowler and WI are for real. Bharat, Bravo, Kirk Edwards,Shiv, and Gayle would be good batting option. Great crowd as well for the last day of this test match.

  • Dravid_Pujara_Gravitas on July 11, 2011, 2:05 GMT

    Well played Chanderpaul. Phenomenal is the only word for this effort. What would Windies do without you? Hope you continue for at least another 3 years by which time the now rookies gain some invaluable experience at the international level by playing alonside you. Well done Chanderpaul. Though I'm an Indian, I'm very happy for the Windies for drawing this test. Hats off to Kirk, Chanderpaul and Fidel. Take a bow! Rampaul seems to be a very very tough character. I can't help but wonder why would anybody talk low of Windies with such tremendous world class talent they have. Don't forget that Sarwan is not even in the team and Russell is right around the corner. Well done Windies for making India sweat for that 1-0 series win. Dhoni, was too bent on taking the series rather than giving it a try for another 5-6 overs. That's negative cricket and disappointing. Can't imagine what would have happened to India if we didn't have Dravid and VVS, the 1st & 2nd highest scorers of the series!

  • Majoreg on July 11, 2011, 2:04 GMT

    I agree with iNSync great piece. I agree though the pressure from the West Indies Management and the public forced Chanderpaul to play more for the team position rather than his own this time. Still it showed that he still has a lot of character and determination, but more importantly more time in the middle to give to the West Indies cause. Onward to Bangladesh and India in October...

  • on July 11, 2011, 1:25 GMT

    i must say that today i'm a proud west indian shiv showed the grit that we needed to pull off the draw today remember this is the world champion and we are still rebuilding a team.there is a lot of positives to take from this series darren bravo ,bisshoo the return of fidel and kirk now we are going to forget about the ones who think they become bigger than cricket you know who they are and the west indies will chart a course forward the they they old players who show committment to the cause and the young players who are eager for success i know we have a bit of a break before our next assignment but lets get the team stay together and practice i'm really exited about the future off our team in the caribbean it took india with the population of almost 3 billion to produce a world class side we are just about seven million we got the gift in the caribbean .guys enjoy the time off but ont over do it practice on your own and get ready again the west indian people is proud today

  • nafzak on July 11, 2011, 1:05 GMT

    Thanks you for this beautiful article. Unless you are Guyanese, you would not begin to understand the love we Guyanese have for Shiv. One thing commentators and analysts fail to consider about Shiv is the environment in which he grew up. Guyana in the 70s and 80's was a difficult place to grow up. One would do anything to survive. You build fences around your property, bar up your doors and windows, etc. You protect all your possessions at all costs. Nothing goes to waste. Go to any rich Guyanese house in NY or Scarborough and the joke is that you will still see them saving empty butter bowls and reusing plastic forks. Shiv it seems embodies that mentality. He thrown nothing away. He works hard and allows a smile every now and then. He's very protective and private. Shiv a true blood Guyanese. He plays for self and for country, but most of all he plays for survival.

  • on July 10, 2011, 23:56 GMT

    great effort by chanderpaul and young win dies team.....

  • iNSync on July 10, 2011, 23:08 GMT

    Veera fantastic piece. Man you write so well, one of the best writers in Cricinfo, where almost everyone is brilliant. And Chanderpaul, the supremely underrated one. That iota of dignity that WI still has left owe so much to him. The out and out team man who knows that selfishness is the only way to be selfless. Dhoni's India disappointed...all their expertise in the T20 game and ODI WC win comes to a nought with this super defensive approach. In their heydey, Ponting's Aussie would had never settled for such a draw.

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  • iNSync on July 10, 2011, 23:08 GMT

    Veera fantastic piece. Man you write so well, one of the best writers in Cricinfo, where almost everyone is brilliant. And Chanderpaul, the supremely underrated one. That iota of dignity that WI still has left owe so much to him. The out and out team man who knows that selfishness is the only way to be selfless. Dhoni's India disappointed...all their expertise in the T20 game and ODI WC win comes to a nought with this super defensive approach. In their heydey, Ponting's Aussie would had never settled for such a draw.

  • on July 10, 2011, 23:56 GMT

    great effort by chanderpaul and young win dies team.....

  • nafzak on July 11, 2011, 1:05 GMT

    Thanks you for this beautiful article. Unless you are Guyanese, you would not begin to understand the love we Guyanese have for Shiv. One thing commentators and analysts fail to consider about Shiv is the environment in which he grew up. Guyana in the 70s and 80's was a difficult place to grow up. One would do anything to survive. You build fences around your property, bar up your doors and windows, etc. You protect all your possessions at all costs. Nothing goes to waste. Go to any rich Guyanese house in NY or Scarborough and the joke is that you will still see them saving empty butter bowls and reusing plastic forks. Shiv it seems embodies that mentality. He thrown nothing away. He works hard and allows a smile every now and then. He's very protective and private. Shiv a true blood Guyanese. He plays for self and for country, but most of all he plays for survival.

  • on July 11, 2011, 1:25 GMT

    i must say that today i'm a proud west indian shiv showed the grit that we needed to pull off the draw today remember this is the world champion and we are still rebuilding a team.there is a lot of positives to take from this series darren bravo ,bisshoo the return of fidel and kirk now we are going to forget about the ones who think they become bigger than cricket you know who they are and the west indies will chart a course forward the they they old players who show committment to the cause and the young players who are eager for success i know we have a bit of a break before our next assignment but lets get the team stay together and practice i'm really exited about the future off our team in the caribbean it took india with the population of almost 3 billion to produce a world class side we are just about seven million we got the gift in the caribbean .guys enjoy the time off but ont over do it practice on your own and get ready again the west indian people is proud today

  • Majoreg on July 11, 2011, 2:04 GMT

    I agree with iNSync great piece. I agree though the pressure from the West Indies Management and the public forced Chanderpaul to play more for the team position rather than his own this time. Still it showed that he still has a lot of character and determination, but more importantly more time in the middle to give to the West Indies cause. Onward to Bangladesh and India in October...

  • Dravid_Pujara_Gravitas on July 11, 2011, 2:05 GMT

    Well played Chanderpaul. Phenomenal is the only word for this effort. What would Windies do without you? Hope you continue for at least another 3 years by which time the now rookies gain some invaluable experience at the international level by playing alonside you. Well done Chanderpaul. Though I'm an Indian, I'm very happy for the Windies for drawing this test. Hats off to Kirk, Chanderpaul and Fidel. Take a bow! Rampaul seems to be a very very tough character. I can't help but wonder why would anybody talk low of Windies with such tremendous world class talent they have. Don't forget that Sarwan is not even in the team and Russell is right around the corner. Well done Windies for making India sweat for that 1-0 series win. Dhoni, was too bent on taking the series rather than giving it a try for another 5-6 overs. That's negative cricket and disappointing. Can't imagine what would have happened to India if we didn't have Dravid and VVS, the 1st & 2nd highest scorers of the series!

  • StatisticsRocks on July 11, 2011, 2:12 GMT

    First off, congratulations to the WI for a great performance. And Shiv, hats off to you for a gutsy performance along with the two Edwards. I am very dispppointed with Indias attitude as we lack killer instinct. Why were we so defensive on a good batting track. A #1 test team should go for the win. I am sure the Aussies and the old WI team would have won the game. There was no indication from the get go by the Indians to win this one. Dhoni and Co. this defensive approach is not going to help against England who are a great test team. The fear of losing is what let us down. I would take a hard fought effortful loss anyday over this defensive approach. Pl don't use the excuse that our's was a B team.

    All in all the young WI team showed great heart and I hope Gayle is back in the squad. One more fast bowler and WI are for real. Bharat, Bravo, Kirk Edwards,Shiv, and Gayle would be good batting option. Great crowd as well for the last day of this test match.

  • on July 11, 2011, 2:59 GMT

    Chanderpaul should be a WI legend, he is among the best batsmen to play the modern game behind Lara. His achievements often go unnoticed because his team always loses but he is a battler always fighting to the end. Don't know how long he would last but they would be big shoes to fill when he retires. Still has a good couple of years left in him.

  • Kalan9211 on July 11, 2011, 3:11 GMT

    chanderpaul is wonderful classic player.

  • Isaac_7 on July 11, 2011, 4:12 GMT

    Good performance from Windies, however, they should consider playing another alrounder with Sammy, that gives an extra option. Team:Gayle,K.Edwards,Bravo,Shiv,Samuels,Baugh,Sammy,Russell,Benn,and 2 of Fidel,Taylor,Ravi,Roach. If the top3 or 4 batters fail, the team can counterattack, cause let's be honest, Baugh, Sammy and Russell aren't going to block it, so it's best to play to your strengths.