Shivnarine Chanderpaul's 10,000 Test runs April 26, 2012

Five of Chanderpaul's best

Five of Shivnarine Chanderpaul's finest Test innings
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71 v Australia, Sydney, 1996

On his first Test tour of Australia, a skinny Shivnarine Chanderpaul, still without a Test century after 12 games, also did not get one in his 13th at the SCG but produced a sparkling innings in a losing cause that showed his game could be about more than just accumulation. After squandering chances to take charge of the second Test, West Indies required 340 to win. The pitch was turning and on the final morning, they lost their first three wickets in the space of 20 balls, with being Brian Lara one of those three. But Chanderpaul would not go quietly, taking on Shane Warne until the "Earl of Twirl" had to be withdrawn from the attack. He eventually returned to put an end to Chanderpaul's counter-attack with a vicious ball that spun from outside off-stump to bowl him. But the "Tiger" had shown he had a sharp bite.

137* v India, Bridgetown, 1997

A game that will be remembered primarily for India's spectacular slide to defeat, bowled out for 81 chasing 120 by Ian Bishop, Curtly Ambrose and Franklyn Rose in Brian Lara's first ever game was West Indies captain, also produced Chanderpaul's first Test century. Without it, West Indies would not have won. Fittingly, he was Man of the Match for a superior display of technique and courage. It was a bowler's track from the start, uneven bounce and lateral movement helping the fast men. Lara lost the toss and West Indies had to bat. They struggled against new ball bowler Venkatesh Prasad who took five wickets but he could not remove Chanderpaul. Nobody could. Chanderpaul carried his bat for almost seven and a half hours without offering a single chance. His already noted powers of concentration was taken to new heights, and for one rare occasion, his team-mates were able to convert his runs into a victory.

100 v Australia, Georgetown, 2003*

This was Chanderpaul at his attacking best. The Australians prevailed in this game comfortably in Chanderpaul's hometown, winning by nine wickets and there were five centuries in the match. None, however, made tongues wag like Chanderpaul's tour de force. Once again it was made in the midst of a crisis. West Indies were 47 for 4 when he replaced Marlon Samuels at the crease, and 53 for 5 when the reliable wicketkeeper Ridley Jacobs joined him at captain Lara's dismissal. It was the first day of the series on a ground where high-scoring matches and rain was the norm. But on this day of dazzling sunshine, Chanderpaul was brilliant. With shots to all parts of the ground, he gave everyone pause, stroking 15 fours and helping himself to two sixes so rapidly that he produced what was at the time Test cricket's third fastest century, off just 69 balls.

104 v Australia, St John's, 2003

Chanderpaul was not at the crease when West Indies actually set the new world record chasing the highest total to win a Test match, but his second-innings century along with Ramnaresh Sarwan's 105 set up a memorable seven-wicket win at the Antigua Recreation Ground. It seemed an improbable task for a side on the brink of being whitewashed 4-0 by Steve Waugh's world champion Australians. The likelihood of getting for 418 for victory seemed to diminish even further once that breaker of records Brian Lara was dismissed by Stuart MacGill for 60 on the fourth afternoon. But Chanderpaul rarely passes up a chance to make runs on a good wicket. And this time he got sufficient help, Ramnaresh Sarwan taking the lead during their fifth-wicket stand of 123 and then Omari Banks adding 84 with him before Chanderpaul himself went early on the final morning to Brett Lee. But only 46 more were needed then.

118 v Australia, Kingston, 2008

The Australians seem to bring out the best in Chanderpaul. This knock was heroic despite coming in another loss; the hero emerging battered and bruised from an intriguing encounter with Lee in the West Indies first innings. Knocked down by a blow to the back of the helmet on 86, he was seen by both the team doctor and physio before being allowed to carry on. Straight away, Chanderpaul was back to his solid self, working the ball around with No.10 Fidel Edwards to eventually reach a century, the ovation for which all of Kingston might have heard.

*09:46 GMT, April 27: The article had incorrectly stated 1997. This has been changed.

Garth Wattley is a writer with the Trinidad Express

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  • AdrianVanDenStael on April 28, 2012, 13:24 GMT

    Thanks for correcting the date of the Georgetown innings

  • on April 28, 2012, 2:59 GMT

    Well done Shiv. As an Australian I have seen a lot of this man playing, and he is the most underrated batsman in world cricket. Gritty and courageous, and he places such a high price on his wicket (as all Tests bats should).

  • Alexei on April 28, 2012, 0:03 GMT

    A living legend... one of the best WI cricketers in my eyes. But I thought the 116* at Old Trafford in 2007 which almost won them the match would have been in there but still these are some exceptional innings..

  • on April 27, 2012, 18:01 GMT

    LIKE LARA THE PLAYER ALWAYS ON LOOSING SIDE...

  • Nadeem1976 on April 27, 2012, 16:53 GMT

    true champion batsman. Carrying WI batting lineup for last 8 years alone. great cricketer.

  • nzcricket174 on April 27, 2012, 12:03 GMT

    Lots of runs against Australia proves how great he is!

  • Dhushan on April 27, 2012, 11:52 GMT

    Correction: The 100 vs Australia in Georgetown was in 2003. Cricinfo needs to correct that . A deserved cricketer to be in the 10,000+ runs list. A dogged fighter with a never say die attitude. I've got great respect for you mate. The things you would have achieved if you were in a team that could have supported you when you played well. RESPECT!

  • on April 27, 2012, 9:04 GMT

    COngrats to Chanderpaul!! A wonderful player. Does not get the credit he deserves. With Dravid gone, Ponting,Sachin,Laxman, Sangakara,Cook out of form in terms of consistency looks to be the best batsman going around.Jayawardene and Pietersen have been too inconsistent However in an era of shameless publicity would he be selected for a WORLD X1

  • on April 27, 2012, 8:59 GMT

    Chanderpaul has proven the fact that a batsman can be great without having a 'text book batting technique'. This is a just reward for years of persistence.

  • on April 27, 2012, 7:52 GMT

    I have not seen a more technically solid player than him in my cricket viewing career, probably Dravid comes near him in terms of solid defense, but Shiv is so strong mentally and deserves what he has achieved...congrats

  • AdrianVanDenStael on April 28, 2012, 13:24 GMT

    Thanks for correcting the date of the Georgetown innings

  • on April 28, 2012, 2:59 GMT

    Well done Shiv. As an Australian I have seen a lot of this man playing, and he is the most underrated batsman in world cricket. Gritty and courageous, and he places such a high price on his wicket (as all Tests bats should).

  • Alexei on April 28, 2012, 0:03 GMT

    A living legend... one of the best WI cricketers in my eyes. But I thought the 116* at Old Trafford in 2007 which almost won them the match would have been in there but still these are some exceptional innings..

  • on April 27, 2012, 18:01 GMT

    LIKE LARA THE PLAYER ALWAYS ON LOOSING SIDE...

  • Nadeem1976 on April 27, 2012, 16:53 GMT

    true champion batsman. Carrying WI batting lineup for last 8 years alone. great cricketer.

  • nzcricket174 on April 27, 2012, 12:03 GMT

    Lots of runs against Australia proves how great he is!

  • Dhushan on April 27, 2012, 11:52 GMT

    Correction: The 100 vs Australia in Georgetown was in 2003. Cricinfo needs to correct that . A deserved cricketer to be in the 10,000+ runs list. A dogged fighter with a never say die attitude. I've got great respect for you mate. The things you would have achieved if you were in a team that could have supported you when you played well. RESPECT!

  • on April 27, 2012, 9:04 GMT

    COngrats to Chanderpaul!! A wonderful player. Does not get the credit he deserves. With Dravid gone, Ponting,Sachin,Laxman, Sangakara,Cook out of form in terms of consistency looks to be the best batsman going around.Jayawardene and Pietersen have been too inconsistent However in an era of shameless publicity would he be selected for a WORLD X1

  • on April 27, 2012, 8:59 GMT

    Chanderpaul has proven the fact that a batsman can be great without having a 'text book batting technique'. This is a just reward for years of persistence.

  • on April 27, 2012, 7:52 GMT

    I have not seen a more technically solid player than him in my cricket viewing career, probably Dravid comes near him in terms of solid defense, but Shiv is so strong mentally and deserves what he has achieved...congrats

  • on April 27, 2012, 6:41 GMT

    Hello Garth, The 3rd best innings of Chanderpaul that you've mentioned here- "100 v Australia, Georgetown, 1997" was actually scored in 2003, not in 1997.

  • Hector21 on April 27, 2012, 4:01 GMT

    also remember the last ball six that Chanders hit to Chaminda Vass and won the ODI that was dead and burried for the Windies. 10 were required of the last 2 balls and Shiv left his best for the last . A straight hit that raced down the ground for four followed by a heave over mid-on for six. thats it Game set and match. Truly and absolute class the Tiger. If anyone listened to Ian Bishop, during that last over, you know what I am talking about:)

  • purna478 on April 27, 2012, 3:48 GMT

    the legend frm wi cricket board

  • Narbavi on April 27, 2012, 3:19 GMT

    The way this warrior has carried himself over the years in this windies line up has been truly remarkable, a true champion!! At times, i feel like i should rate him above lara as the greatest batsman ever to have come from the carribean islands!!

  • mittheimp on April 27, 2012, 1:08 GMT

    The fastest 100 in georgtown (203) was also ended by a ludicrously bad LBW decision - the ball pitched way outside leg - before DRS obviously!

  • krishay on April 27, 2012, 1:07 GMT

    His batting at Lord's where he made a century no in the first and left stranded on 97 no in the second innings was also fantastic!!!!

  • Chris_P on April 27, 2012, 1:06 GMT

    These are some of the reasons why he is so admired & respected by both by the Aussie players & public. A batsmen with tons of courage & grit who never takes a backwards step. Just about all these scores were against the cream of the Aussie juggernaut at the time, a special player who rose to the occasion. Dips my lid to him.

  • Vindaliew on April 27, 2012, 0:53 GMT

    Chanderpaul batted at No 3 against India in Bridgetown 1997, and cant be said to have "carried his bat"

  • nickcoxhill on April 27, 2012, 0:00 GMT

    Allan Border retired in 1994. Shiv Chanderpaul started in 1994. Chanderpaul is Border's successor as the toughest batsman in world cricket. Let's hope he keeps going so I can see him in Australia again.

  • Dan9999 on April 26, 2012, 22:31 GMT

    Absolutely brilliant player but will never be remembered as one of the greats alongside with Ponting and Tendulkar as he doesn't really excite the cround like those guys. Ponting will be remembered for his pull and majestic cover drive, Tendulkar for his back foot punch and clip through mid-wicket. Chanderpaul? The block and leave....

  • on April 26, 2012, 21:56 GMT

    Goose bumps.. Bone Chilling..

  • on April 26, 2012, 21:44 GMT

    The Tiger has not lost his stripes.

  • AdrianVanDenStael on April 26, 2012, 21:38 GMT

    The counter-attacking innings mentioned in Georgetown was clearly in 2003, not 1997 (follow the link). @jamfai; I recognise you speak in jest but I think weak England bowling has also played a role in, as cricinfo puts it, bringing out the best in Chanderpaul. For characteristic determined resistance in a losing cause, I'd like to have seen mention of his 136* and 70 at the Riverside in 2007 (or his 50 and 116* in the previous Old Trafford test). Also, as a man of the match performance in about the only test West Indies won when he was captain, how about his 92 and 153* against Pakistan in Barbados in 2005?

  • on April 26, 2012, 21:27 GMT

    Chanderpaul 100 from 69 balls was not done in 1997.I'm sure it was in the 2000's maybe 2003/4. He would go down as one of WI grittiest cricketers.

  • elsmallo on April 26, 2012, 20:29 GMT

    got an error here: no 3 at Georgetown should read 2003, not 1997.

  • jamfai on April 26, 2012, 19:31 GMT

    chanderpaul loves aussie weak Aussie bowling attack..Just kidding my aussie mates

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  • jamfai on April 26, 2012, 19:31 GMT

    chanderpaul loves aussie weak Aussie bowling attack..Just kidding my aussie mates

  • elsmallo on April 26, 2012, 20:29 GMT

    got an error here: no 3 at Georgetown should read 2003, not 1997.

  • on April 26, 2012, 21:27 GMT

    Chanderpaul 100 from 69 balls was not done in 1997.I'm sure it was in the 2000's maybe 2003/4. He would go down as one of WI grittiest cricketers.

  • AdrianVanDenStael on April 26, 2012, 21:38 GMT

    The counter-attacking innings mentioned in Georgetown was clearly in 2003, not 1997 (follow the link). @jamfai; I recognise you speak in jest but I think weak England bowling has also played a role in, as cricinfo puts it, bringing out the best in Chanderpaul. For characteristic determined resistance in a losing cause, I'd like to have seen mention of his 136* and 70 at the Riverside in 2007 (or his 50 and 116* in the previous Old Trafford test). Also, as a man of the match performance in about the only test West Indies won when he was captain, how about his 92 and 153* against Pakistan in Barbados in 2005?

  • on April 26, 2012, 21:44 GMT

    The Tiger has not lost his stripes.

  • on April 26, 2012, 21:56 GMT

    Goose bumps.. Bone Chilling..

  • Dan9999 on April 26, 2012, 22:31 GMT

    Absolutely brilliant player but will never be remembered as one of the greats alongside with Ponting and Tendulkar as he doesn't really excite the cround like those guys. Ponting will be remembered for his pull and majestic cover drive, Tendulkar for his back foot punch and clip through mid-wicket. Chanderpaul? The block and leave....

  • nickcoxhill on April 27, 2012, 0:00 GMT

    Allan Border retired in 1994. Shiv Chanderpaul started in 1994. Chanderpaul is Border's successor as the toughest batsman in world cricket. Let's hope he keeps going so I can see him in Australia again.

  • Vindaliew on April 27, 2012, 0:53 GMT

    Chanderpaul batted at No 3 against India in Bridgetown 1997, and cant be said to have "carried his bat"

  • Chris_P on April 27, 2012, 1:06 GMT

    These are some of the reasons why he is so admired & respected by both by the Aussie players & public. A batsmen with tons of courage & grit who never takes a backwards step. Just about all these scores were against the cream of the Aussie juggernaut at the time, a special player who rose to the occasion. Dips my lid to him.