Prolific West Indies left hander Shivnarine Chanderpaul announced an end to his illustrious 22 year test career. Debuting way back in 1994 against England in Georgetown, Chanderpaul played his last test also against England in May, 2014 in Bridgetown. West Indies’s second highest run getter in tests, the 41 year old batsman accumulated 11,867 runs from 164 matches, only 86 less than Brian Charles Lara. His staggering average of 51.37 is sufficient to describe the amount of support he provided to the West Indies middle order.
In this career spanning over 2 decades, Chanderpaul scored 2 double centuries, coming against Bangladesh and South Africa. All in all Chanderpaul amassed 30 test centuries. His one day career was not average either, scoring 8,778 runs from 268 matches at an average of 41.60. He carved out 11 centuries and 59 half centuries in the process.
Chanderpaul was overlooked by the selectors recently as they are keeping faith on a young team. Hence one would think the decision came at the right moment from the 41 year old. But more than the runs he scored or matches he played, the cricketing world would remember him for his grittiness. For over 20 years, his presence in the middle order was a spot of comfort for his team. Once set, even the best bowlers found it extremely difficult to get this unconventional left hander back in the pavilion.