So finally! The West Indies cricketer has decided to call it a day and like we say in Test cricket it is stumps for Shivnarine Chanderpaul. It won’t be wrong to say that he is truly a legend and one of the greatest of all times for the West Indies cricket. His career saw 164 test matches and 268 ODIs in his 21 years long cricket career. In this article we would know about his 10 best knocks of all times!
Best 10 Knocks of Shivnarine Chanderpaul
1.West Indies V/S India, Barbados 1997 [TEST Match]
There are some matches which actually define a cricketer’s career; and this is the match which defined Shivnarine Chanderpaul’s career. In this match he showed patience which was required by West Indies to pull off a victory against India. He scored 137 in a match where no one surpassed an individual score of 37.
2.West Indies V/S Australia, Georgetown 2003 [TEST Match]
This is a match where we saw Shivnarine Chanderpaul’s aggressive play (which is rare), West Indies were 47/4 when Chanderpaul entered the crease, and the southpaw batsman managed to score a century of just 69 balls which is the third fastest test century of all time.
3.West Indies V/S India, Roseau 2011 [TEST Match]
This is another match which shows the patience of the great batsman, I mean how many cricketers you know who will play almost 50 overs (he had played 347 balls)? In this match Chanderpaul scored 116 which brought West Indies to reach a total of 322, helping them to draw the match.
4.West Indies V/S Sri Lanka, Port of Spain 2008 [ODI Match]
This match is said to be the greatest heists in ODI history, I mean how many times you see a match being pulled off by a team when 10 runs are required from 2 balls and the player on strike is a bowler? This match was an absolute classic; though the match was not ended by Chanderpaul but the credit has to be given to his 62 off 63 balls for bringing West Indies to that position.
5.West Indies V/S India, Nagpur 2007 [ODI Match]
This is another match where we saw Shivnarine Chanderpaul’s brilliant cricket! The cricketer scored 149 runs off just 136 balls where he was on the crease till the end. West Indies lost the match and we cannot deny the fact that this is one of the best knocks in his entire 21-year long career.
6.West Indies V/S England, Lord’s 2004 [TEST Match]
This is one of the matches why Shivnarine Chanderpaul is regarded as a lone survivor. West Indies lost the match but Chanderpaul managed to score a brilliant 128* and 97*. In the second innings West Indies had to chase a mammoth 478; they got off to a good start but lost momentum in between. However, Chanderpaul was standing tall till the end in their losing battle.
7.West Indies V/S South Africa, Buffalo Park 1999 [ODI Match]
How can I not mention about this innings? Chanderpaul managed to score a 150 which is his highest score in ODI cricket, Chanderpaul had opened the innings but lost three of his partners in transit but the cricketer still manged to score a 150, blasting the South African bowlers.
8.West Indies V/S South Africa, Bouda 2005 [TEST Match]
Only a handful cricketers in the world can claim the happiness of scoring a double hundred! Shivnarine Chanderpaul is one among them. He scored 203 runs and added more than 250runs for the 4th wicket with Wavell Hinds, his double ton added a highlight to his impressive career though the match ended in a draw.
9.West Indies V/S Australia, Antigua Recreation Ground 2003 [TEST Match]
If I have to rate a match where we see so as to why Chanderpaul is being called a legend, then this is the one! Both the teams scored an exact 240 in their first innings, Australia posted a score of 417 in their second innings thus setting a target for 418 for West Indies. West Indies were at 137 at the fall of fifth wicket when Chanderpaul entered the crease, he managed to score 104 thus helping West Indies to get a historic win!
10.West Indies V/S Australia, Kingston 2008[TEST Match]
In this match Chanderpaul was hit by a bouncer from Brett lee when he was on 86. This match actually proves what cricket means to him and how much he is passionate about the sport. He kept on batting even after getting hit by a bouncer and went onto score a century.
We hope that Chanderpaul has a beautiful second innings, and these were his 10 best knocks of all times.