The second highest run-maker in the history of West Indies Cricket Shivnarine Chanderpaul has officially retired from all formats of the game.
The 41-year-old’s beginning and end to his career had a nice symmetry to it by playing England in a test match, albeit some 21 years apart.
In all, he scored 11,868 test runs which was just 86 short of Brian Lara’s total.
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His overall test average of 51.37 from 164 matches might not stand out as much these days as test wickets across the board become easier to bat on.
However, he played in the era where it was extremely difficult to score a 50 let alone a 100, especially on West Indian wickets which had a lot of pace and bounce to suit their bowlers.
The small left-hander with his unique technique was not always easy on the eye.
He was not blessed with the flashiness and overall class as Lara, but he made up for that with a ton of grit and determination.
He was an unflappable character, and protected his wicket as if his life depended on it.
Any chance he gave was as rare as hen’s teeth and gratefully snapped up by the opposition.
Despite being a quiet man verbally, Chanderpaul led by his actions undoubtedly becoming a better player when Lara retired after the home World Cup in 2007.
He averaged 65.46 in tests in that eight-year period.
Since the Bridgetown test match in May last year, Chanderpaul had been given subtle hints by selectors that he was no longer in their plans, however, he was still playing regional district cricket for Guyana.
In all, Chanderpaul scored 30 test centuries, to go along with 66 half centuries in 164 test matches.
He also scored 11 centuries and 59 half-centuries in one day cricket at the impressive average of 41.60.
Farewell to an underrated great of the game.
Shiv Chanderpaul we salute you.
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