West Indies v India, 3rd Test, Dominica

'One of my best innings' - Chanderpaul

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July 14, 2011

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Shivnarine Chanderpaul was solid as ever, West Indies v India, 3rd Test, Dominica, 5th day, July 10, 2011
"I had to use all my skills and it took a lot of mental effort as well" © AFP
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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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Posted by 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.

Posted by 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

Posted by 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.

Posted by 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

Posted by   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".

Posted by 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.

Posted by   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.

Posted by Saskwatch on (July 14, 2011, 23:59 GMT)

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

Posted by 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

Posted by 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

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