Chanderpaul retires January 23, 2016

'One of the greatest batsmen of our time'

ESPNcricinfo staff
A career that spanned over two decades came to an end with Shivnarine Chanderpaul announcing his retirement. We asked fans to share their favourite memories

'Bowlers had to struggle a lot to get him out' © WICB Media

I followed this man since the 1996 World Cup semi-final knock. That was a gusty innings, he scored 60-70 odd runs. They had to chase something like 220 against Australia. Unfortunately, WI lost the match, but this man won our hearts. He was the unsung hero of West Indies cricket... we gonna miss you.
- Priyankara Anton Fernando

I remember this Test match, back in 2002, India v West Indies. We got Lara out for a duck and Windies were reeling at 50 for 3 in the first session. I went to sleep and was able to get a glimpse of the game only 24 hours later on day 2 (120-odd overs had been bowled) and saw that Chanderpaul was still batting! It was a mammoth partnership with Carl Hooper. I was so disappointed, I couldn't go back to sleep that night and watched WI pile on the misery till end of day's play! Was a beautiful knock, though.
- Aditya Vinnakota

Shiv Chanderpaul! What a man! What a career! His best knocks for me have always come against India. It takes me back to 2002 when he completely pulverised the Indian bowling attack and helped West Indies win the five-match series 2-1. His brilliant knock of 140 in the first Test in Guyana announced him on the big stage. Even though it was overshadowed by a scintillating 233 by Carl Hooper, it set the tone for Chanderpaul for that series. It was a gritty and a classy knock. He was patient and found the gaps with ease. That was my favourite Chanderpaul moment!
- Rutul Parikh

He is one of the greatest batsmen of our time. He is the player with unique batting style, qualitative stroke play, strength to bat for days, a one-man-army potential. Bowlers had to struggle a lot to get him out. He can save a Test match by batting all day; he can even snatch a match from the opponents by some furious batting. The best West Indian player after Brian Lara. Cricket will miss you, Chanderpaul! Have a happy retired life! #Legend #ThankYouShiv
- Ram Tadiboyina

There was a triangular series going on in Sharjah between West Indies, England and Pakistan. And there was a board on the fences of Sharjah Cricket Stadium that said "Hit The Board $500". And there comes Shivnarine Chanderpaul... it was England fast bowler Dean Headley bowling to Shiv and he hit that ball right on the board on first bounce.
- Imraan Syed

A constant thorn in the side of England... yeah so he didn't look the prettiest batsman but he was made of iron and his determination and presence at the crease made him what he was: a world-class batsman

Thank you Shiv, you've been a pleasure to watch play the game...all the best buddy. From an England fan
- Matt Smith

One of the many favourite moments is when he hit a four and then a six of Chaminda Vaas to win an ODI for West Indies.
- Toolaram Gaj

West Indies' record chase against Australia, where he scored century and was Man of the Match.
- Maxim Garg

I remember him getting felled by a Brett Lee bouncer only to recover and score a hundred.
- Aaron Willes

His debut at Bourda will forever live in memory.
- Linton Vickers

When Warney bowled him just before lunch in a Test match in 1997. Warne had just come back after a finger injury and turned this one a mile.
- Cam Skirving