Shivnarine Chanderpaul

Country: West Indies
Born: August 16, 1974, Unity Village, East Coast, Demerara, Guyana
Batting Style: Left hand Bat
Bowling Style: Legbreak
Playing role: Batter

Shivnarine Chanderpaul Bio

Shivnarine Chanderpaul, often regarded as possessing one of the most unorthodox techniques in world cricket, defied stereotypes and proved that there is more than one way to achieve success on the cricket field. With his unique style and unwavering determination, Chanderpaul established himself as a consistent and prolific batsman, amassing a Test average of over 50 and becoming only the second West Indian player to score 10,000 Test runs.

Born on August 16, 1974, in Unity Village, Demerara, Guyana, Chanderpaul exhibited early promise and began his international career at the tender age of 19. However, he faced two significant obstacles that hindered his progress initially. Firstly, he had difficulty converting fifties into centuries, but he soon rectified this issue by scoring three centuries in four Tests against India in 2001-02, followed by two more in the home series against Australia the following year, including a crucial knock of 104 in a historic run chase of 418 for victory in Antigua.

The second challenge Chanderpaul faced was the perception of his physical frailty, which many deemed to be hypochondria. This myth was dispelled when he underwent surgery to remove a piece of floating bone from his foot in 2000, marking a turning point in his career. Liberated from the shackles of his injury, Chanderpaul demonstrated unwavering resilience and consistently performed at a remarkable level.

Throughout his illustrious career, Chanderpaul’s contributions to the West Indies cricket team were invaluable, particularly during challenging times for the team. With the retirement of the legendary Brian Lara, Chanderpaul stepped up and acted as the anchor, holding together the fragile West Indian batting line-up. He displayed immense skill and determination, defying formidable bowling attacks in diverse conditions, often single-handedly carrying the team’s fortunes on his shoulders.

Chanderpaul’s tenacious batting was particularly evident in the series against Australia in 2012, where he reached the milestone of 10,000 Test runs. His contributions were truly exceptional, with scores of 103*, 12, 94, 68, and 69, accumulating an aggregate of 346 runs in just five innings. In contrast, the second-highest aggregate for West Indies was only 186, emphasizing Chanderpaul’s invaluable impact on the team.

In addition to his individual achievements, Chanderpaul also had the honor of captaining the West Indies cricket team from 2005 to 2006. Despite experiencing success with a double-century in front of his home fans in Guyana, the demands of captaincy affected his batting performances. Recognizing the importance of maintaining his batting prowess, Chanderpaul made the difficult decision to relinquish the captaincy and focus solely on his batting.

Chanderpaul’s contributions extended beyond the international arena. In the Champions Trophy triumph in 2004, he played a significant role in guiding the West Indies to victory, showcasing his consistent performances under pressure.

After a career spanning more than two decades, Chanderpaul announced his retirement from international cricket in January 2016 at the age of 41. His unwavering dedication, unique style, and ability to adapt to various conditions and challenges made him a truly iconic figure in West Indies cricket.

Shivnarine Chanderpaul’s unorthodox technique and exceptional performances have solidified his legacy as one of the great West Indian cricketers. His career serves as a reminder that success can be achieved through unconventional means, and his contributions to West Indies cricket will be cherished and celebrated for years to come.

Shivnarine Chanderpaul Career Stats

Shivnarine Chanderpaul Batting Stats

Batting Matches Innings Nos Runs High Score Ave BF SR 100s 50s 4s 6s Ct St
Tests 164 280 49 11867 203* 51.37 27395 43.31 30 66 1285 36 66 0
T20Is 22 22 5 343 41 20.17 347 98.84 0 0 34 5 7 0
ODIs 268 251 40 8778 150 41.6 12408 70.74 11 59 722 85 73 0
FC 385 626 108 27545 303* 53.17 - - 77 144 - - 192 0
List A 423 394 74 13439 150 41.99 - - 13 98 - - 118 0
T20s 81 78 11 1576 87* 23.52 1490 105.77 0 8 164 27 24 0

Shivnarine Chanderpaul Bowling Stats

Bowling Matches Innings Balls Runs Wkts BBI BBM Ave Econ SR 4w 5w 10w
Tests 164 43 1740 883 9 1/2 1/2 98.11 3.04 193.3 0 0 0
T20Is 22 - - - - - - - - - - - -
ODIs 268 28 740 636 14 3/18 3/18 45.42 5.15 52.8 0 0 0
FC 385 - 4812 2532 60 4/48 - 42.2 3.15 80.2 - 0 0
List A 423 - 1681 1388 56 4/22 4/22 24.78 4.95 30 2 0 0
T20s 81 - - - - - - - - - - - -

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