Shivnarine Chanderpaul's 10,000 Test runs

Five of Chanderpaul's best

Five of Shivnarine Chanderpaul's finest Test innings

Garth Wattley

April 26, 2012

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Brett Lee checks on Shivnarine Chanderpaul after knocking him down with a bouncer, West Indies v Australia, 1st Test, Jamaica, 3rd day, May 24, 2008
Shivnarine Chanderpaul was felled by a bouncer to the head from Brett Lee in Jamaica in 2008 but kept batting and went on to score a century ©

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 But Chanderpaul would not go quietly, taking on Shane Warne until the "Earl of Twirl" had to be withdrawn from the attack.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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Posted by AdrianVanDenStael on (April 28, 2012, 14:24 GMT)

Thanks for correcting the date of the Georgetown innings

Posted by   on (April 28, 2012, 3:59 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).

Posted by Alexei on (April 28, 2012, 1:03 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..

Posted by   on (April 27, 2012, 19:01 GMT)


Posted by Nadeem1976 on (April 27, 2012, 17:53 GMT)

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

Posted by nzcricket174 on (April 27, 2012, 13:03 GMT)

Lots of runs against Australia proves how great he is!

Posted by Dhushan on (April 27, 2012, 12:52 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!

Posted by   on (April 27, 2012, 10:04 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

Posted by   on (April 27, 2012, 9:59 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.

Posted by   on (April 27, 2012, 8:52 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

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