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Chanderpaul just misses out on the 10,000 Test runs club

David Lord Columnist

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    Overnight in Roseau, Shivnarine Chanderpaul fell 14 runs short of becoming the 10th batsman in history to score 10,000 Test runs.

    The West Indian “Rock of Gibraltar” was trapped in front by Australian paceman Mitchell Starc for 68, taking him to a career-high 9986.

    In that time, he’s faced 23,439 deliveries to underline his incredible patience. Most cricket lovers wouldn’t have seen 23,439 deliveries bowled, let alone faced them.

    I well remember when Indian opening batsman Sunny Gavaskar became the first to crack the 10,000-run barrier in 1987, and thinking that milestone would take some catching.

    But Gavaskar is now number nine in the pecking order, well behind the front-running modern day champion: Indian batsman Sachin Tendulkar, with 15470 and counting. We can safely say that milestone will never be matched.

    Just as Tendulkar means so much to Indian cricket, the same can be said of Chanderpaul in the Caribbean.

    He treasures his wicket like none other, reminiscent of England’s famous three “Bs”: Trevor Bailey, Ken Barrington, and Geoff Boycott.

    Bailey earned his nickname of “Barnacle” with the slowest Test half-century in history, taking 357 minutes against Australia at Brisbane in 1958. In the end, he was dismissed for 68 in 458 minutes – his last 18 runs took 101 minutes.

    Barrington had many digs when he dug in.

    Among them, his unbeaten 151 against India in 1961 at Mumbai took 420 minutes. His 137 against New Zealand at Edgbaston in 1965 took 437 minutes, while his career-high 256 against Australia at Old Trafford took 683 minutes.

    On the other side of the coin, Barrington is sixth on the all-time best Test averages with 58.67, behind Don Bradman’s 99.94, Graeme Pollock’s 60.97, George Headley’s 60.83, Herbert Sutcliffe’s 60.73, Eddie Paynter’s 59.23.

    Boycott was as tight with his runs, and he was with his wallet. His 117 against South Africa at Port Elizabeth in 1965 took 423 minutes. His unbeaten 142 against Australia at the SCG in 1971 took 412 minutes and the 191 against Australia at Headingley in 1977, his 100th first class ton, took 629 minutes.

    What is noticeable with the stats of yesteryear, minutes were benchmark not balls faced.

    Tendulkar, for example, has no record of how many balls he’s faced having started his stellar career in 1989.

    But Chanderpaul started his Test career in 1994, when balls faced were an automatic addition to the scorebook.

    It would be fascinating knowing how many balls “The Don” faced. But we’ll never know.

    David Lord
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    • Columnist

      April 26th 2012 @ 9:06am
      Brett McKay said | April 26th 2012 @ 9:06am | ! Report

      David, I’ve asked this of you before – why is it so inconceivable that Tendulkar’s eventual mark will be topped?? With the ammount of cricket’s played these days, I don’t think it’s that difficult to see the mark being bettered at all.

      If a young bat makes his Test debut somewhere near his 20th or even 21st birthday, a 17 or 18-year Test career could see him playing upwards of 200 Tests (Tendulkar has played 188 Tests in 22 years, Chanderpaul himself is playing his 139th Test in 18 years, and they both play in teams who haven’t played a lot of Test cricket over that time, comparatively. And they’ve both injury concerns too). Mike Hussey, as another eg, is playing his 76th Test currently, and didn’t debut until he was 30.

      Even 350 innings averaging 45 would have our young future star north of Tendulkar’s current tally. If he manages to average 50 over his career, he’d be looking at well over 17000 Test runs. Tendulkar’s not going to play forever, obviously, but I don’t know why it’s assumed his eventual mark will remain untouched..

      Anyway, I don’t raise this to take away from Chanderpaul’s achievement, which again, considering how little Test cricket the Windies have played comparatively over his career, it truly is a remarkable achivement. Hard to believe he debuted way back in 1994..

      • April 26th 2012 @ 10:01am
        Chris said | April 26th 2012 @ 10:01am | ! Report

        Yes… “We can safely say that milestone will never be matched.”

        Very dangerous to use absolutes when it comes to records. Much safer to say something like “that record will take some beating”.

      • Roar Guru

        April 26th 2012 @ 11:45am
        The Bush said | April 26th 2012 @ 11:45am | ! Report


        I agree with you, it’s not beyond the realms of possibility that it will be surpassed. It is yet another example of why Tenduolkar is simply the best of his generation (or even the generations either side of him) as opposed to the best ever (Bradman).

        I guess, however, one thing that does have to be taken into consideration is that less and less Test cricket will be played over the next few years (and probably forever – unlikely to swing back the other way). Even if you have faith that England, South Africa and Australia will stay true and continue to play ten (10) plus Tests a year, those three (3) countries, Australia and England especially, are not really known for picking twenty (20) year olds in Test Cricket that often.

        • Columnist

          April 26th 2012 @ 11:53am
          Brett McKay said | April 26th 2012 @ 11:53am | ! Report

          Bushy, that’s a fair point, and given that Tendulkar and Chanderpaul have obviously played less than 10 Tests per year over their careers (injuries notwithstanding), it would be a fair assumption that this player would be from England, Australia, or South Africa…

          • April 26th 2012 @ 1:17pm
            Jason said | April 26th 2012 @ 1:17pm | ! Report

            Nobody has scored more runs than Alaistair Cook has at his current age – even Tendulkar was a 3 months older than Cook when he scored his 6184th test run (in one more Test too by the way). Smith is the only other to score as many runs before their 28th (or even 29th) birthdays.

            Cook is a real chance at getting close to the aggregate (but not the 100s I’d say) subject to his inevitable long term captaincy not affecting his batting too much.

            • Columnist

              April 26th 2012 @ 1:54pm
              Brett McKay said | April 26th 2012 @ 1:54pm | ! Report

              Jason, in that case, then Cook has ‘overtaken’ Tendulkar, if you will. During the Ashes series of 2010/11, I included in a column on Cook:

              “Cook has become the second fastest player to 5000 Test runs, only bettered by some bloke named Tendulkar. Given Cook only just turned 26 on Christmas Day, he could well reach some dizzy heights by the time he’s done.”


              Injury and form aside, you’d have to think he would be a chance..

            • April 26th 2012 @ 5:05pm
              Rhys said | April 26th 2012 @ 5:05pm | ! Report

              Given he’s still only 31, I’d rate Graeme Smith a reasonable chance too, but I agree Cook seems the best placed (age wise) to give 15,000 Test runs a shake.

              I’d like to see Chanderpaul get the 14 runs he needs to crack 10 grand during the Windies second innings. It doesn’t always happen, but he deserves to reach that milestone in front of a home crowd. If not he’ll reach the target against England.

              Just to put into perspective how long guys like Chanderpaul and Ponting have been around, I recently saw one of those ‘world series classics’ during one of the breaks in play. I think it was from the 96/97 season. Ponting still had that goatee he used to sport in his early days. The Windies featured players like Walsh, Ambrose, Hooper, Lara and Adams. Chanderpaul came on to bowl a few leggies and ended up getting both the Waugh brothers out.

              • April 26th 2012 @ 5:27pm
                Jason said | April 26th 2012 @ 5:27pm | ! Report

                Smith’s problem is that his body seems to be breaking down so I don’t know that he has the additional 85 or so tests he needs to get there left in him.

                But yeah, he was the 3rd youngest to 6184 runs after the other 2.

                It does kind of make the point though. Cook and Smith are excellent rather than great players who started early but play for teams who play a lot of tests. So it may not need a player as good as Tendulkar to break the record so long as they are durable enough to play 180 to 200 tests.

      • July 15th 2013 @ 8:09pm
        ANIRBAN said | July 15th 2013 @ 8:09pm | ! Report

        Dear Brett McKay,

        I agree with you that if a batsman like Alaistair Cook (who started his test career at the age of 21), the number of test matches ENGLAND plays each year, Cook has played 93 Tests in less than 7 and a half years.(Around 12-13 Tests/year).. even if he plays for another 9 to 10 years till the age of 37-38 (he is currently 28), then @ this rate of matches played per year, he would most likely play another 110-115 tests.. i.e. he will play more than 200 tests by the end of 2022 (assuming he play till around 38 yrs).. currently he is averaging 49.. at that rate in 200+ tests he will go past 16000 test runs comfortably.. in around 350 test innings.. so no way one can rest assured that Sachin’s close to 16000 test runs will be untouchable by any means although the term around 16000 test runs sounds gigantic. But having said that, one has to remain fit n make sure the longevity with high class performance consistency over decades like Sachin to match or overtake him..

        Matches : 200+
        Innings : ~350
        N/O : 25
        Runs : 16000+
        Avg : ~50
        Balls Faced: ~33500 (in case of Cook’s Current Test career Batting S/Rate ~ 48)
        100’s : 52 or more (he’s currently got 25 test centuries under his belt)

        But, mind it sachin also got close to 18500 ODI runs in 463 matches which even half no of matches and 1/3 runs might not be played by cook by end of his ODI career coz they stress on tests (12-14 tests each yr on average)..

        So overall SACHIN is TRUE CHAMPION but his TEST runs & 100s are not untouchable or unbreakable but very hard to reach there tough.

    • Roar Guru

      April 26th 2012 @ 11:02am
      mds1970 said | April 26th 2012 @ 11:02am | ! Report

      Thanks to The Roar, I have no productivity. Another great set of articles today…..

      One reason it may never be broken is the rise of T20 franchise/club cricket. If the lucrative T20 circuit continues to expand, it may be increasingly unlikely for a player to make themselves available to play enough internationals to have a go at breaking that record. I can easily see a time coming when the elite players will pick and choose which international tours they’ll take part in, and rule themselves out of the rest so they can make some T20 money.

    • April 26th 2012 @ 11:54am
      AndyS said | April 26th 2012 @ 11:54am | ! Report

      All the scorecards I’ve ever seen recorded all deliveries against the bowler, so I would have thought it would be possible (albeit quite tedious) to reconstruct those old games. Given the primacy of Test cricket, have they really destroyed all the records or are they sitting on shelves somewhere?

      • April 26th 2012 @ 12:58pm
        Jason said | April 26th 2012 @ 12:58pm | ! Report

        The cricket statistician Charles Davis has done just that. He can pretty accurately estimate career strike rates (and therefore balls faced).

        Check out his webstite on this:

        For the record, the Don would have faced about 11,460 balls in his test career – about the same as Mike Hussey.

    • April 26th 2012 @ 12:48pm
      Pope Paul VII said | April 26th 2012 @ 12:48pm | ! Report

      It’s interesting how the statistical cricket world has changed regards minutes and balls faced.

      I remember a dasher like K J Hughes setting a record for the slowest 100 by and Aussie 78/79, Around 330 or more minutes I think. He couldn’t resist two sixes so he was clearly taking the mickey. AB could certainly let the old clock tick by. Don’t know who holds the record now but Boonie must have given it a shake. I waited all day for him to get 100 at the SCG after going in early against India I think and the bugger finished on 89 with about 20 in the last session!

      Some other highlights include Muddy Nasar 57 in a day on way to slowest 100 1977 ish – he may have stretched his innings to over 500 mins I think, contributing to the subsequent crowd riot!
      Paul Hibbert’s boundaryless even 100, also in 1977 took 328 minutes, which is pretty slick considering.
      Boycs I can barely write about. A 77 in 78/79 took over 7 hrs!
      Possibly my favourite is normally sedated Chris Tavare scoring a dashing 89 in 3 hours in Australia’s in the Melbourne thriller 82/83

      And good old patient Chanders has about the fifth fastest test century, in balls, not sure about the mins but it must have been around 80 or 90 mins.

    • April 26th 2012 @ 1:11pm
      Sailosi said | April 26th 2012 @ 1:11pm | ! Report

      Brett, one would think that if a certain player was to break Tendulkars record they would have to be a very special player therefore making it impossible for England or Australia not to pick them at 18,19 or 20.

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      • Columnist

        April 26th 2012 @ 1:56pm
        Brett McKay said | April 26th 2012 @ 1:56pm | ! Report

        Sailo, that’s very true, though I’d love to meet the selector astute enough to know that an 18/19/20yo batsman is destined to score upwards of 16,000 Test runs!!

    • April 26th 2012 @ 1:11pm
      Rugby Diehard said | April 26th 2012 @ 1:11pm | ! Report

      David – at the risk of nitpicking and editing of your article:

      “The West Indian “Rock of Gibraltar” was trapped in front by Australian paceman Mitchell Starc for 68, taking him to a career-high 9986.” – me thinkst that every innings a cricketer plays, ducks and all, takes every player to a “career high”.

      • Columnist

        April 26th 2012 @ 1:57pm
        Brett McKay said | April 26th 2012 @ 1:57pm | ! Report

        RD, it’s a pretty reasonable nit-pick!!

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