Last Friday, Shivnarine Chanderpaul bid adieu to international cricket. Not surprisingly, this piece of news didnt receive much media coverage. The local newspapers here were busy analysing Indian cricket teams humiliation down under.
Debuting in 1994, the now 40 year old Chanderpaul nicknamed ‘Tiger’ had a cricketing career spanning more than 2 decades. Famous for having that awkward frontal stance, many Indian cricket fans would remember him as a thorn in the flesh for India while playing the Windies in the 1990’s and early 2000’s.
Chanderpaul was probably the most underrated cricketer in that 10000 + test runs club. He was just 40 odd runs short of Lara’s test run aggregate when the selectors led by Clive Lloyd decided to pull the rug from under his feet. Tony Cozier has this insightful piece on it.
Known for his unshakeable patience, Chanderpaul would be remembered for sticking to batting basics and grinding the opposition down. Very much in the mould of Kallis, who too retired recently, in terms of temperament, but slightly more unconventional in terms of batting technique and eon’s away from the sheer flamboyance of Lara.