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Shivnarine Chanderpaul's debut in International Cricket
« on: September 03, 2014, 08:02:39 AM »
Shivnarine Chanderpaul's debut in International Cricket

Crabby technique? No problem, he guarantees runs even at the ripe old age of 40

Shivnarine Chanderpaul made his debut for the West Indies when he was just 19 years old. Almost twenty one years later, he is still playing Test Cricket for his country and is his team’s most reliable batsman apart from being the oldest active cricketer in the world. His first match was against England at his hometown.

He showed the world why the selectors gambled with an youngster as he made a composed half century in his very first outing. He put on a century stand with Brian Lara and finally got out for 62 runs made from 135 deliveries. England meekly surrendered and hence the windies picked up an innnings victory.

A few months later after turning 20, he made his ODI debut against India alongwith Cameron Cuffy and Stuart Williams, but unfortunately did not get an opportunity to bat. His team picked up a huge victory though. He played his final one day match in the 2011 World Cup against Pakistan and ended his career with more than 8000 runs at an impressive average of 41. Despite being labelled as a Test specialist, Chanderpaul did well in the 50 over format scoring crucial runs for his team and also he has had success even as a finisher at times (once hit a six off the last ball to win a game).

Recently he turned 40 but has shown no intentions to retire from Tests. Some people are even predicting that one day we could see his son batting along with him as he has been making a steady progress in the domestic circuit. For someone who considers patience as the key to success, he once blasted a 69 ball Test century and also scored a hundred during the highest successful run chase in Test history, with Australia being the opposition on both occasions.

He became only the second West Indian batsman to cross the 10,000 run mark in the format after Lara and could easily surpass him by the time he finishes his career. Over the years when the team has been in decline, he has been a rock and has seen the most number of wickets fall at the other end while batting. A rare cricketer whose career needs to be celebrated forever.


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Re: Shivnarine Chanderpaul's debut in International Cricket
« Reply #1 on: September 05, 2014, 08:47:24 AM »
The unwavering dedication of Chanderpaul
September 4, 2014 By GuyanaTimes
By Avenash Ramzan

Shivnarine Chanderpaul has been a runs machine in Test cricket over the last five years

Shivnarine Chanderpaul’s commitment and dedication to a trade that has brought him worldwide acclaim and has earned him a livelihood is as clear as day. Anyone seeking to dispute that would be bordering on absurdity, for only a man on concocted brew may even attempt to initiate such a discussion.

Any opening for such an argument was shutdown; done and dusted by what transpired last weekend on that tiny island of St Kitts, Warner Park to be specific.
While much has been said about two players opting to play in this month’s Champions League, thereby forgoing their consideration for selection for the West Indies team for the first Test against Bangladesh, Chanderpaul decided, not surprisingly, to use the three-day warm-up game against Bangladesh for crucial preparation ahead of the Test series, starting Friday.

Without any First-Class cricket under his belt since July this year when he played for Derbyshire against Glamorgan in the English County championship, Chanderpaul was eager to get a knock in the middle, and from all indications, was not prepared to enter the impending Test series without some ‘serious’ preparation.
The fact that he got a good look at the Bangladesh bowlers – spending 412 minutes and 315 balls over a brilliant 183, his 69th First-Class hundred – means the tourists, without their leading player, the banned Shakib Al Hasan, will enter the series with more headaches, rather than confidence and optimism.
For the West Indies, it’s a different story with their premier batsman in prime form and the team coming off a morale-boosting clean-sweep of the three-match ODI series late last month.

Bangladesh, or any team for that matter, should be wary of Chanderpaul for his laborious approach can tire the opposition, as was the case in St Kitts last weekend. Mushfiqur Rahim’s men are all too familiar with Chanderpaul’s exploits, so the 183 might just be a sign of things to come in the Test series.
In the last Test series between the sides, in November 2012, the dogged left-hander was at his mercurial best, piling up scores of 203*, 1 and 150* in the two matches in Dhaka and Khula. Those masterful hundreds carried his tally to 627 runs from eight Tests against Bangladesh at an imposing average of 104.50, his highest against all nations.

But the numbers aside, did Chanderpaul really need to play in that warm-up game last weekend? At 40, with an international career spanning two decades, the ‘Tiger’ has seen it all, yet he opted to spend time in the middle rather than engage in nets and training with the rest of the West Indies squad.
Was Chanderpaul guarding against complacency, given the fact the West Indies Cricket Board has viewed him primarily as a Test match specialist since the last 50-over World Cup in 2011?
Taking it at face value, it’s another clear demonstration of Chanderpaul’s unwavering dedication to mastering his skills, even at a time when many feel he should call it a day. But like fine wine, Chanderpaul has gotten better with age, regularly outperforming his teammates who have time on their side.

With 11,414 runs from a record 156 Test matches, the former Captain is just 539 runs away from eclipsing Brian Lara as the West Indies highest runscorer in the longest version of the game, and the upcoming two matches would provide a perfect opportunity to close in on the ‘Prince of Trinidad.’

It is also a dress rehearsal for tougher tours to India and South Africa later this year. Bangladesh, it would seem, are between a rock and a hard place.
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« Reply #2 on: September 05, 2014, 08:50:36 AM »
40 and still roaring!
August 18, 2014 By GuyanaTimes

The nightmare for bowlers is far from over. Shivnarine’s son Tagenarine is keen on following his father’s footsteps. So far, he is destined for such glory

– Shivnarine Chanderpaul’s international career may be nearing its end, but his appetite for runs is stronger than when he started out two decades ago
By Avenash Ramzan
Milestones are nothing new to Shivnarine Chanderpaul. They have come aplenty in a glittering career that any young cricketer can draw inspiration from.
Just last Saturday, the indomitable, dogged and diminutive West Indies left-handed middle-order batsman celebrated his 40th birth anniversary, and quite fittingly observed the milestone in the land of his birth.

With the West Indies/Bangladesh series looming, Chanderpaul, who has been limited to being a Test specialist ever since Coach Ottis Gibson unceremoniously went on a crusade against the “senior players” after the 2011 50-over World Cup, is destined to be the ninth West Indian and third Guyanese to play international cricket beyond age 40.

Shivnarine ChanderpaulThe incomparable Jamaican George Headley was the oldest West Indian to have played the game, ending a 24-year career at the age of 44. The legendary spinner Lance Gibbs, who called time on his career at 41 years, 129 days, was the oldest Guyanese to do so, while the inspirational Captain Clive Lloyd of the Land of Many Waters played 124 days after his 40th birthday.
Without a doubt, Headley, Gibbs and Lloyd are not just giants of West Indies cricket, but are also names that would feature in any conversation on the game across the globe.
Chanderpaul can also lay claim to such monumental recognition, given his exemplary achievements and proof of longevity through two decades of brilliance at the pinnacle of the game.

A stranger to controversy, the “Tiger”, as he is affectionately known, has quietly gone about his business like a shrewd tactician, demonstrating a high level of consistency that has placed him alongside the modern day greats.
The promising 19-year-old who walked out at Bourda on March 17, 1994, and announced himself to the world with a classy 62 on debut against England, has evolved into one of the most reliable batsmen of world cricket, achieving numerous records during an illustrious career.
Twenty years after his entry to international cricket, the left-hander from Unity village on the East Coast of Demerara, has appeared in 446 games, scoring over 20,500 runs with 40 hundreds and 122 scores over 50.

With Lloyd being the new Convenor of Selectors of the West Indies Cricket Board, it is left to be seen if Chanderpaul will get the opportunity to add to his 268 One Day Internationals, 8778 runs, 11 centuries and 59 half-centuries.
West Indies have failed to consistently last 50 overs, yet Chanderpaul, by far the most productive batsman of the current generation, has found himself on the sidelines during the 50-over format.

Appearing in the most Test matches by a West Indian, the former captain has amassed 11,414 runs from 156 games, including 29 hundreds and 63 fifties. An average of 51.88 is a clear indication of his consistency.
The Bangladesh series will provide an opportunity for the “Tiger” to leapfrog long-time teammate, batting partner and that mystical genius from Trinidad and Tobago, Brian Lara, who is the leading West Indian runscorer with 11,953.
At the rate Chanderpaul has been scoring over the last decade, overhauling Lara’s aggregate is just a matter of time, unless his Test career suffers a similar fate as the one that has befallen him in ODIs.

Statistically the greatest Guyanese batsman, Chanderpaul is all too aware of the operations of West Indies cricket and what obtains in the hierarchy of the game in this part of the globe, hence extending his purple patch since the exit of Lara in 2007 would be the only sure way of securing his place in the side.

It’s the type of situation that has given the “Tiger” an insatiable appetite for runs, one that seems even stronger than when he started out two decades ago.
It is anyone’s guess how long Chanderpaul will carry on before he lifts the bails on his career. What is for certain, the name Chanderpaul will continue to grace the gentleman’s game as young Tagenarine is keen on following in his father’s footsteps.

Tagenarine’s youth career concluded last Friday, and judging from his sound technique, huge appetite for runs and willingness to learn, there is no respite for bowlers anytime soon.


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Re: Shivnarine Chanderpaul's debut in International Cricket
« Reply #3 on: September 12, 2014, 03:00:18 PM »
We never give up - Chanderpaul
ESPNcricinfo staff
September 12, 2014

West Indies will have their most experienced Test player in the middle when they play their 500th Test, against Bangladesh. Shivnarine Chanderpaul, who is also just 413 runs shy of overtaking Brian Lara as West Indies' highest run-scorer in Tests, has made plans to impress his younger team-mates about the enormity of West Indies cricket's history.

Chanderpaul has played his record-breaking 157 Tests under twelve different captains. He is also one of eight West Indies cricketers to have played as a 40-year-old, and the first from the country in 30 years to do so.

Chanderpaul made his debut when Richie Richardson was captain in 1994, and the vastness of his career means the likes of current captain Denesh Ramdin as well as rookies like Leon Johnson and Jermaine Blackwood, will be given a profound account. He will tell the rest of the team how figures like Curtly Ambrose, the bowling consultant, and Courtney Walsh, now a selector, often battled against the odds and never backed down from a fight.

"We will talk about history, where we came from, what happened in the past," Chanderpaul said. "Show some of the videos of what happened in the past. We are West Indians who fight as hard as we can whenever we step out. We are the type of people who never give up.

"I was a young fellow when I came into the team, seeing Curtly Ambrose, Courtney Walsh, Brian (Lara), Richie Richardson. All the greats that were in the team in the past. I have seen them play as well, I got into the mixture of those who were around even before me, guys like Desmond Haynes. The toughness we take out from them and the toughness in the cricket field also. We used to fight in the past. We never give up, all the way, down to the bottom."

Chanderpaul said he would make note of several games from the past where West Indies bounced back to win despite being written off at the start, as he looked to inspire a team that has been in relative decline since the mid-90s.

"There were games when we fought very hard to win. There was Ambrose and Walsh who won us those matches in the past. These are the guys who came out and bowled their heart out when everyone wrote us off, and wins games for us. We pick our challenge and we go out and we fight hard."

Chanderpaul wished that future generations of West Indies cricketers would continue the legacy that dates back to June 23, 1928, when they played their inaugural Test match against England, at Lord's.

"That's a lot of Test cricket. We have such a great history. It means a lot to me and I know everyone else in the team right now. Even the guys who played in the past, some of them are still around like Ambrose and Stuart Williams. It means a lot for us.

"It is a milestone that we have achieved. Hopefully we go from strength to strength. Cricket will go on. The youngsters will hopefully keep flying the West Indies flag flying as high as possible."

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« Reply #4 on: September 12, 2014, 03:02:03 PM »

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