West Indies v India, 3rd Test, Dominica July 14, 2011

'One of my best innings' - Chanderpaul

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Shivnarine Chanderpaul, the West Indies batsman, has rated his unbeaten 116 against India in Dominica as one of his finest Test innings. In a match in which he became West Indies' most-capped player, and in a new-look line-up where the other five specialist batsmen had a combined experience of 49 Tests, Chanderpaul battled for more than eight hours to help secure a draw.

Coming in with the team struggling at 40 for 3 in the second innings soon after lunch on the fourth day, and still trailing by more than a 100 runs, Chanderpaul defied India almost till tea on the final day.

"I would say this was one my best because of the situation of the team when I went in to bat and the way the game was going," Chanderpaul said. "To be batting on a fifth day pitch and the way the ball was bouncing and turning - some would grip and bounce and you weren't always sure which way the ball would go. You had to be very patient and very watchful and careful.

"You couldn't play as freely as you would have liked to so I had to use all my skills, and it took a lot of mental effort as well. Also, [MS] Dhoni blocked up all the areas where you had scoring opportunities and it was a lot of hard work. It was really tough out there."

It was Chanderpaul's first Test century in more than a year, during which he had made starts in most innings without converting them to a big score. His partner in the resistance was debutant Kirk Edwards, who also made a hundred during a 161-run stand for the fourth wicket.

"He [Kirk Edwards] was positive and had the right mindset. He was not afraid. He played it his way and did what he knows and what he does best.

"It was a great effort for someone to come in under so much pressure and play the way he did. I had a discussion with Kirk and we were talking about the 20s and the 30s. He told me to put that behind and we worked towards the team goals which was building big partnerships and pulling the team out of the trouble we were in."

During his innings, Chanderpaul was also awarded Dominican citizenship recognising his contribution to cricket and for playing his record-breaking 133rd Test. "I'm extremely pleased to reach this milestone. I believe it is a really big occasion," he said. "High point? I'm still looking for it. There is still more to come. Whatever knowledge and experience I have gained I would like to pass it on and help the other members of the team with their game."

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  • Stevie-Love on July 16, 2011, 5:32 GMT

    If the West Indies selectors are serious about winning at theTest level, they have to start by removing Sammy from the captaincy. They really box themselves in by having him as captain of the Test team. He doesn't perform as a batsman and is not penetrating enough as a bowler. This prevents the team from having an extra batsman or attacking bowler. Talk to Chanderpaul and make him the test captain. He is the most experienced player and you know what you are going to get from him. He is going to block one end and try to stabilize the batting. If the selectors feel that Sammy is a nice guy, let him play the one-days and T20s and let him captain those. As for the rest of the team, Barath and Simmons are your openers, but you have to allow them to be attacking. When they try to be defensive, they get out. Darren Bravo also shows potential. Kirk Edwards announced his arrival. Samuels showed signs. Baugh came on late as wicketkeeper. Bowlers: Fidel Edwards, Rampaul and Bishoo did well.

  • sachinrh on July 15, 2011, 15:10 GMT

    I really want to believe my own theory.the whole efforts were to allow West Indies to Draw. in order to promote cricket in Dominica & indirectly support growth of cricket/economy in west Indies. to make sure one of the oldest beauty in the cricketing world survives. wow I feel so good being an Indian. its impossible to believe, #1 Test ranked team, world cup winner, T20 champs, IPL folks habitual of carrying T20 hammer, Legends of test cricket on the crease, Best young talent, coolest captain & most destructive Oneday player, game changer Bhaji, formidable lower bat order (if Fidel can bat for 37 ovr),slow but batsmen friendly pitch.et al.. pls do not tell me any other reason for offering a draw. in total disbelief, I did not move away from the screen, untill they stopped transmission. then I question myself.. wasnt it the West Indies, who after their worldcup defeat came, demolished, demoralised & went back with 3-0 test & 5-0 ODI win. I will go with my first line & Shardas first para

  • Anil_Koshy on July 15, 2011, 3:46 GMT

    This could be one of rare innings that Chanderpaul played for his team,otherwise he is one the most selfish players who never played for his team, most of his centuries are in dead rubbers. Chanderpaul should retire after this game on a high note.

  • Andy2011 on July 15, 2011, 3:22 GMT

    chanderpaul you have lion heart.......masterful inning considering the state and the situation you were in..you are what test cricket is all about...your a legend

  • on July 15, 2011, 3:14 GMT

    Rajendra Ram, this is test cricket!! The way Shiv played was required, the man is a legend. Save your time for t20 slogging if want to see thoughtless "cricket".

  • hayden_w.i. on July 15, 2011, 2:31 GMT

    People like rajendra ram are an example of what I am talking about - please watch 20/20 cricket and enjoy it. Test cricket is certainly not for you to comment on. Dhoni, the Indian captain said that batting was difficult and gave up the run chase but the experts commenting here keep saying that the pitch was flat and easy for batting.

  • on July 15, 2011, 1:27 GMT

    ZshanKhan, how was it an easy pitch to bat on? Did you not read the article? Playing on a pitch like that which offered bounce, turn and grip, against a quality bowler like Harbhajan Singh is NOT easy. And would his team or West Indies supporters really preferred it if he had thrown his wicket away trying a rash shot? It was a great display of skill against quality bowling, a real contest of bat against ball, and if that is not good to watch, then Test cricket is dying, and it is because of people like you, ZshanKhan, who would rather go and watch a batsman hit two sixes and then get out before they reach 20.

  • Saskwatch on July 14, 2011, 23:59 GMT

    WI needs a PROVEN Head Coach. Otis Gibson is not a PROVEN. Stop experimenting WIBC.

  • tappee74 on July 14, 2011, 23:25 GMT

    I have followed Shiv's cricket from the beginning, i looked and listened to most of the greats ,but at the end of the day he has created an impression unlike any.Viv, Lloyd would demolish,Kanhai,Sobers,Richardson,Gavaskar,Sachin,Kallicharran,were all consistent with grace and stroke play.Shiv has neither,but it is difficult to find another player with the concentration and determination he has.Lara and others made double triple century and double century,Shiv has made only one double,but it should be noted that he has 12 not out test hundreds and this is because he ran out of partners.Should he been around in the Lloyd era,he would have got more support from his partners and some of those hundreds may have gone to double.Again,one should look at his stat which reveals some of his timeless innings.His defiant batting saved WI twice in this series.Behari Orlando

  • tappee74 on July 14, 2011, 23:25 GMT

    I have followed Shiv's cricket from the beginning, i looked and listened to most of the greats ,but at the end of the day he has created an impression unlike any.Viv, Lloyd would demolish,Kanhai,Sobers,Richardson,Gavaskar,Sachin,Kallicharran,were all consistent with grace and stroke play.Shiv has neither,but it is difficult to find another player with the concentration and determination he has.Lara and others made double triple century and double century,Shiv has made only one double,but it should be noted that he has 12 not out test hundreds and this is because he ran out of partners.Should he been around in the Lloyd era,he would have got more support from his partners and some of those hundreds may have gone to double.Again,one should look at his stat which reveals some of his timeless innings.His defiant batting saved WI twice in this series.Behari Orlando

  • Stevie-Love on July 16, 2011, 5:32 GMT

    If the West Indies selectors are serious about winning at theTest level, they have to start by removing Sammy from the captaincy. They really box themselves in by having him as captain of the Test team. He doesn't perform as a batsman and is not penetrating enough as a bowler. This prevents the team from having an extra batsman or attacking bowler. Talk to Chanderpaul and make him the test captain. He is the most experienced player and you know what you are going to get from him. He is going to block one end and try to stabilize the batting. If the selectors feel that Sammy is a nice guy, let him play the one-days and T20s and let him captain those. As for the rest of the team, Barath and Simmons are your openers, but you have to allow them to be attacking. When they try to be defensive, they get out. Darren Bravo also shows potential. Kirk Edwards announced his arrival. Samuels showed signs. Baugh came on late as wicketkeeper. Bowlers: Fidel Edwards, Rampaul and Bishoo did well.

  • sachinrh on July 15, 2011, 15:10 GMT

    I really want to believe my own theory.the whole efforts were to allow West Indies to Draw. in order to promote cricket in Dominica & indirectly support growth of cricket/economy in west Indies. to make sure one of the oldest beauty in the cricketing world survives. wow I feel so good being an Indian. its impossible to believe, #1 Test ranked team, world cup winner, T20 champs, IPL folks habitual of carrying T20 hammer, Legends of test cricket on the crease, Best young talent, coolest captain & most destructive Oneday player, game changer Bhaji, formidable lower bat order (if Fidel can bat for 37 ovr),slow but batsmen friendly pitch.et al.. pls do not tell me any other reason for offering a draw. in total disbelief, I did not move away from the screen, untill they stopped transmission. then I question myself.. wasnt it the West Indies, who after their worldcup defeat came, demolished, demoralised & went back with 3-0 test & 5-0 ODI win. I will go with my first line & Shardas first para

  • Anil_Koshy on July 15, 2011, 3:46 GMT

    This could be one of rare innings that Chanderpaul played for his team,otherwise he is one the most selfish players who never played for his team, most of his centuries are in dead rubbers. Chanderpaul should retire after this game on a high note.

  • Andy2011 on July 15, 2011, 3:22 GMT

    chanderpaul you have lion heart.......masterful inning considering the state and the situation you were in..you are what test cricket is all about...your a legend

  • on July 15, 2011, 3:14 GMT

    Rajendra Ram, this is test cricket!! The way Shiv played was required, the man is a legend. Save your time for t20 slogging if want to see thoughtless "cricket".

  • hayden_w.i. on July 15, 2011, 2:31 GMT

    People like rajendra ram are an example of what I am talking about - please watch 20/20 cricket and enjoy it. Test cricket is certainly not for you to comment on. Dhoni, the Indian captain said that batting was difficult and gave up the run chase but the experts commenting here keep saying that the pitch was flat and easy for batting.

  • on July 15, 2011, 1:27 GMT

    ZshanKhan, how was it an easy pitch to bat on? Did you not read the article? Playing on a pitch like that which offered bounce, turn and grip, against a quality bowler like Harbhajan Singh is NOT easy. And would his team or West Indies supporters really preferred it if he had thrown his wicket away trying a rash shot? It was a great display of skill against quality bowling, a real contest of bat against ball, and if that is not good to watch, then Test cricket is dying, and it is because of people like you, ZshanKhan, who would rather go and watch a batsman hit two sixes and then get out before they reach 20.

  • Saskwatch on July 14, 2011, 23:59 GMT

    WI needs a PROVEN Head Coach. Otis Gibson is not a PROVEN. Stop experimenting WIBC.

  • tappee74 on July 14, 2011, 23:25 GMT

    I have followed Shiv's cricket from the beginning, i looked and listened to most of the greats ,but at the end of the day he has created an impression unlike any.Viv, Lloyd would demolish,Kanhai,Sobers,Richardson,Gavaskar,Sachin,Kallicharran,were all consistent with grace and stroke play.Shiv has neither,but it is difficult to find another player with the concentration and determination he has.Lara and others made double triple century and double century,Shiv has made only one double,but it should be noted that he has 12 not out test hundreds and this is because he ran out of partners.Should he been around in the Lloyd era,he would have got more support from his partners and some of those hundreds may have gone to double.Again,one should look at his stat which reveals some of his timeless innings.His defiant batting saved WI twice in this series.Behari Orlando

  • tappee74 on July 14, 2011, 23:25 GMT

    I have followed Shiv's cricket from the beginning, i looked and listened to most of the greats ,but at the end of the day he has created an impression unlike any.Viv, Lloyd would demolish,Kanhai,Sobers,Richardson,Gavaskar,Sachin,Kallicharran,were all consistent with grace and stroke play.Shiv has neither,but it is difficult to find another player with the concentration and determination he has.Lara and others made double triple century and double century,Shiv has made only one double,but it should be noted that he has 12 not out test hundreds and this is because he ran out of partners.Should he been around in the Lloyd era,he would have got more support from his partners and some of those hundreds may have gone to double.Again,one should look at his stat which reveals some of his timeless innings.His defiant batting saved WI twice in this series.Behari Orlando

  • on July 14, 2011, 23:06 GMT

    Shiv said that it was tough out there & so it was. After all he was facing the wrld's #1 attack led by the wrld's #1 capt. according to records. However India was chasing agst the wrld's #7 attack led by according to some the worst capt. Not forgetting india r the #1 ODI & 20/20 camps. Forget abt the pitch Fidel batted for 40odd ovs on it, & made 30. Mind u MS, Kohli & Harbhajan were still in the pavilion. Fletcher has an English b/ground & for him a bird in the hand is worth 2 in the bush. For WI ITS fortune favours the brave, nothing venture nothing gain. C u in ENGLAND Fletch.

  • athentik on July 14, 2011, 22:17 GMT

    Welcome back to the runs, Shiv. Any other nation wishes to offer citizenship to this outstanding Guyanese, American and Dominican?

  • on July 14, 2011, 21:54 GMT

    Shiv rocks!! Can't believe what the WI selectors were thinking. He has always been a match saver. Because of the skills of the rest of his teammates, he has to don this role of blocking one end up. Go Shiv. Chalk up many a centuries..

  • on July 14, 2011, 21:49 GMT

    Chandrapaul's innings was really BORING. Like every ball he plays he is ready to defend, and then nudges, pokes, etc to get runs. He also leaves the tail enders under pressure. This man batting "SUCKS". I cannot stand the way he plays, I turn off the TV. The pitch was FLAT and in fact easy to score, but he made it look difficult. Copying his type of batting will make cricket dreadfully boring.

  • hayden_w.i. on July 14, 2011, 21:38 GMT

    I believe that people who do not understand TEST cricket should not be commenting on this site - they make themselves sound stupid. How can peolpe criticize Chanderpaul and Dravid for showing grit and determination and batting thier teams out of trouble - please stick to watching 20/20.

  • on July 14, 2011, 19:31 GMT

    well done shiv,most over-rated Indian batsmen.

  • Robster1 on July 14, 2011, 19:09 GMT

    A quite superb old style batting performance.

  • on July 14, 2011, 17:45 GMT

    well done shiv,determine to succeed,show gibson how to protect wicket,and the west indies and coach should retired,sachin is still playing and no one is calling for his head,that is class.go shiv break all the records.

  • stambake on July 14, 2011, 17:43 GMT

    chanderpaul's innings was really great for his team , his average against india in west indies is very good.... but its india's weekness that they didn't go for chase to win the 3rd match.... played very defensive cricket as indians are already world champions and odi champoins too.. also fails in attacking cricket after playing a long ipl series in summer... just want to say that india missed a simple chance to win the match...

  • on July 14, 2011, 17:16 GMT

    test cricket is the best form of cricket in the world. Guys like shiv and dravid were born to play test cricket. The show the physical and most importantly the mental strength required to play. This automatically makes someone like shiv a great cricketer. I winder why he was asked to retire. Anyways congrats to Shiv on this milestone.

  • ZshanKhan on July 14, 2011, 16:48 GMT

    It's Innings like his is why people don't like watching Test cricket. 300 balls to score a 100 on a flat pitch. Sorry but you really should retire. Even Dravid must be like "dam, this is boring to watch"

  • jahrasta on July 14, 2011, 15:54 GMT

    why do ppl who never played the sport are in charge of it??? WICB may have some old players but the decision makers really know nothing of the sport. As a WI fan i know we can do so much better if we choose the right team......so sad we might have even given india a proper fight

  • Praxis on July 14, 2011, 14:56 GMT

    He he, to think WICB was saying he's unprofessional & not disciplined!

  • on July 14, 2011, 14:45 GMT

    Chandrapaul has once again showed the class, grit and discipline and has also shown the WICB for what it is...unprofessional, incompetent and arrogant. At least the Dominican's have recognised his contribution. Otis Gibson is overrated and has been a problem since he arrived, especially in dealing with Gayle Sarwan and Chandrapaul. He probably envy their success and/or he cannot handle players who have been far more successful than he was and is thus resentful of them. Sammy deserve to continue as captain and Nash was poorly treated.

  • vswami on July 14, 2011, 14:12 GMT

    Chanderpaul says the fifth day pitch was tough to bat on and hard to score .. and so says Dhoni. Dhoni gets crucified by the press while Chanderpaul get feted.

  • on July 14, 2011, 13:59 GMT

    Chanderpaul... a real unsung hero, better than most over-rated Indian batsmen.

  • on July 14, 2011, 13:27 GMT

    Shiv is/was always my favourite cricketer although i would be angry when he gets out cheaply..Shiv has proved that he belongs to be within thev 10 top batsmen in the world..

  • RajeshMys on July 14, 2011, 13:20 GMT

    Though Iam an Indian & a supporter of Team India, I have to congratulate Chanderpaul for his brilliant Innings!! God help Windies the day Chanderpaul retires from International Cricket! He is an extraordinary player, as good as VVS, Dravid, Kallis ,Trott,Ross Taylor & M.Hussey, but unfortunately, he doesnt get the same support from His teammates like VVS, Dravid, Kallis, Trott & Hussey get from their teammates!Both Chanderpaul & Taylor are unlucky in this regard.India, SA, England & Australia have other batsmen who are equally classy, but that's not the case with Windies & Newzealand! Both the Windies & Kiwis lack quality in batting, so sad! Anyway, well done Chanderpaul! Keep it up! Carry on for many more years & play many more such fine Knocks! Not only Windies Cricket & Windies fans, but Cricket Lovers from all over the world enjoy your batting ! You are a batsman of the highest class!Class players like Shiv, VVS & Dravid hav proved that Test cricket is the real test for a player!

  • cgtboy87 on July 14, 2011, 13:20 GMT

    TIGER WE KNOW YOU ARE THE REAL DEAL...YOU SHOW YOU YOUNGER BOYS HOW TO DO IT. I STILL THINK GIBSON AND THE WICB SHOULD GO..NOTHING IS GOIGN TO CHANGE MY MIND ON THAT...

  • Hindh on July 14, 2011, 13:02 GMT

    Chanderpaul always plays for a draw from the word go ... and kills the game. he is more defensive than even dravid . Until chanderpaul is in the team WI keep losing matches or at best they wud draw a few matches here and there.

  • blackie on July 14, 2011, 13:01 GMT

    One of the shortcomings of cricket administration in West Indies is how WIBC prefers to treat matters of team discipline as secrets. It has always been so with fans wondering what players over the years had done to cause them being overlooked or discarded. This has been very frustrating for fans. This has again happened in the recent impasse where management believes that many of the senior players (e.g. Gayle, Bravo Sn, Sarwan and others) have been indisciplined, not had the interest of Windies cricket at heart and would influence the younger players negatively. Instead of saying so and dealing with those 'problem' players, the board, being secretive again, decided to try to get rid of all the senior players. Unfortunately, thats how Chanderpaul got caught up in this. We all know that unlike some of the others, he has been a committed and consistent servant of Windies cricket. Thank you Chanders!! Looking forward to 3 more years and about 10 more centuries!!

  • on July 14, 2011, 12:29 GMT

    This WICB is really hurting WI cricket. I hope they can be fired soon!!!

  • straight_drive4 on July 14, 2011, 12:02 GMT

    This is why I love test cricket. What an innings.

  • Alexk400 on July 14, 2011, 11:19 GMT

    WICB knows nothing about TEST cricket . They should disband WICB and appoint new people.

  • WTEH on July 14, 2011, 11:08 GMT

    Yes of course you are a good batsmen. So as Gayle. we know that you guys belong in the WI side. Sad that board don't see it. If you guys were in all world cup matches and if you had a better captain, could have gone a long way.

  • Fast_Track_Bully on July 14, 2011, 11:04 GMT

    Chanderpaul can be rated in the class of Dravid. But Dravid is more successfull.Kirk Edwards was good...hope he is not a one time wonder...

  • Pathiyal on July 14, 2011, 10:42 GMT

    this gutsy approach deserves applauds esp. when he is up against the wall. this is what makes chander interesting. he and the new comer edwards (what an introduction for him) really made me pull my hair in disgust (me being an indian fan). he has done that in the past quite often. looking back, that was one of the most fantastic innings that i have seen.

  • Balb on July 14, 2011, 10:27 GMT

    West Indies should know by now how brittle the batting line up is without Chanderpau. Until the team balances itself out with a positive pair of openng batsmen, and two others at No. 3 and 4, Chanderpaul will be the backbone of the team. I do hope West Indies resolve Gayle's matter and hopefully others like Dwayne Bravo, Sarwan, Kemar Roach, Jerome Taylor and Andre Russell will be touring later this year. With the present mind set of the West Indies and their coach Gibson, The only way to see a trouble free West Indies side is to select separate teams and captains for Tests, ODI's and for Twenty20's. No team in the world would want to drop someone like Darren Sammy after selecting him as capatin under such circumstances. Two resons. 1. There was no one esle at this time. 2. Sammy did save the face of West Indies cricket some embarrasment by supporting Gibson

  • on July 14, 2011, 10:12 GMT

    Now every WI cricket fan must demand to know who asked Chanders to retire from cricket.

  • rkannancrown on July 14, 2011, 10:10 GMT

    This is the guy whom the WICB chief said was indulging in acts of indiscipline for last 15 years!!! Chanderpaul is a cricketer who shows cricket is a mental game as he has done this act on so many occassions despite having very little raw talent.

  • Pankaj_INDIA on July 14, 2011, 9:50 GMT

    really awesome inning. loved watching your grit and determination. TEST CRICKET, BEST FORM OF CRICKET..

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  • Pankaj_INDIA on July 14, 2011, 9:50 GMT

    really awesome inning. loved watching your grit and determination. TEST CRICKET, BEST FORM OF CRICKET..

  • rkannancrown on July 14, 2011, 10:10 GMT

    This is the guy whom the WICB chief said was indulging in acts of indiscipline for last 15 years!!! Chanderpaul is a cricketer who shows cricket is a mental game as he has done this act on so many occassions despite having very little raw talent.

  • on July 14, 2011, 10:12 GMT

    Now every WI cricket fan must demand to know who asked Chanders to retire from cricket.

  • Balb on July 14, 2011, 10:27 GMT

    West Indies should know by now how brittle the batting line up is without Chanderpau. Until the team balances itself out with a positive pair of openng batsmen, and two others at No. 3 and 4, Chanderpaul will be the backbone of the team. I do hope West Indies resolve Gayle's matter and hopefully others like Dwayne Bravo, Sarwan, Kemar Roach, Jerome Taylor and Andre Russell will be touring later this year. With the present mind set of the West Indies and their coach Gibson, The only way to see a trouble free West Indies side is to select separate teams and captains for Tests, ODI's and for Twenty20's. No team in the world would want to drop someone like Darren Sammy after selecting him as capatin under such circumstances. Two resons. 1. There was no one esle at this time. 2. Sammy did save the face of West Indies cricket some embarrasment by supporting Gibson

  • Pathiyal on July 14, 2011, 10:42 GMT

    this gutsy approach deserves applauds esp. when he is up against the wall. this is what makes chander interesting. he and the new comer edwards (what an introduction for him) really made me pull my hair in disgust (me being an indian fan). he has done that in the past quite often. looking back, that was one of the most fantastic innings that i have seen.

  • Fast_Track_Bully on July 14, 2011, 11:04 GMT

    Chanderpaul can be rated in the class of Dravid. But Dravid is more successfull.Kirk Edwards was good...hope he is not a one time wonder...

  • WTEH on July 14, 2011, 11:08 GMT

    Yes of course you are a good batsmen. So as Gayle. we know that you guys belong in the WI side. Sad that board don't see it. If you guys were in all world cup matches and if you had a better captain, could have gone a long way.

  • Alexk400 on July 14, 2011, 11:19 GMT

    WICB knows nothing about TEST cricket . They should disband WICB and appoint new people.

  • straight_drive4 on July 14, 2011, 12:02 GMT

    This is why I love test cricket. What an innings.

  • on July 14, 2011, 12:29 GMT

    This WICB is really hurting WI cricket. I hope they can be fired soon!!!