Chanderpaul joins 10,000 Test runs club

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    Quiet, unorthodox and diminutive – there’s not much outwardly to hint at the fight that resides in West Indies veteran Shivnarine Chanderpaul.

    But once more Australia found the 37-year-old left-hander standing in their way as they pressed for victory in the third Test in Dominica this week.

    Chasing an improbable 370 to win and down to 3-45, Chanderpaul gave home fans just the slimmest hope of a remarkable victory as he shared a 110-run stand with Darren Bravo.

    In the end Australia breathed a huge sigh of relief as the veteran fell in the final over of the day for 69 – the fourth time in five innings this series he’s passed 50.

    On the way he notched his 10,000th run in Test cricket, just the 10th player to do so and the second West Indian behind Brian Lara.

    Put bluntly, his numbers this series have been phenomenal – 346 runs at 86.50 with a highest score of 103 not out.

    Consider no other specialist batsman from either side can top an average above 40 in the series and it becomes apparent the class Chanderpaul has brought to the Windies team.

    “Shiv’s been outstanding all series,” Australia coach Mickey Arthur said.

    “He’s been quite brilliant really. He’s certainly thwarted our bowlers.

    “He’s shown why he’s got 10,000 runs in Test cricket.

    “Very uncomplicated technique even though it looks very weird on the eye. He’s been outstanding – to get him right at the end of the day has just lifted out dressing room hugely.”

    Bravo was out on the field when the man known as the Tiger achieved his 10,000-run milestone and the 23-year-old said it was an honour to play alongside Chanderpaul.

    “We’re very fortunate to have him in this team at this point in time and we enjoy his company,” Bravo said.

    “He’s going to be around for a very long time still … as young batsmen in the team we should try to take a page from Shiv’s book as much as possible and as long as we do we’re going to improve as a batting unit in the future.”

    © AAP 2018

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    The Crowd Says (3)

    • April 28th 2012 @ 12:29pm
      Bearfax said | April 28th 2012 @ 12:29pm | ! Report

      Chanderpaul, like Dravid, had the disadvantage of playing second fiddle to an all time great batsman. Had Lara not played, little Chanderpaul would have been the champion West Indian bastman. He remains a dominent figure in West Indies cricket and a pleasure to watch….almost won the test series alone for WI. Congrats Shivy.

      • April 28th 2012 @ 3:59pm
        Rhys said | April 28th 2012 @ 3:59pm | ! Report

        I agree 100% Bearfax. What Chanderpaul and Dravid may have lacked in flare and style, when compared to Lara and Tendulkar, both more than make up for in application and determination at the crease. It’s a measure of Chanderpaul’s character and fight that he’s posted some of his best performances against the likes of Australia. A diminutive figure in build, but a giant of a man in terms of punching above his weight.

    • April 30th 2012 @ 1:02pm
      clipper said | April 30th 2012 @ 1:02pm | ! Report

      Chanderpaul is also back at No. 1 in the rankings, ahead of de Villiers and Kallis. Tendulkar has dropped out of the top 10.

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