Ton-up Chanderpaul to Play On

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CricketArchive Staff

West Indian middle-order batsman Shivnarine Chanderpaul said he would be more focused and disciplined than ever as he played in his 100th Test on Sunday.

"It is obviously a great achievement to actually make it to 100 Tests, knowing how my career has been with a lot of injuries and lots of ups and downs," said Chanderpaul, who reached the milestone in the second Test against Pakistan at Multan. "You can't worry about what number it is, you have to go out and play the game and play hard like always. One hundred Test matches was a goal I had set myself in life. Hopefully I can carry on and meet the other goals."

The 32-year-old Chanderpaul becomes the eighth West Indies player and 42nd in Test history to reach the milestone. "It is very satisfying and I am happy to make it there. Yet the game is still a Test match and you have to go out there and play, so your mind has to be focused and carry on," said Chanderpaul, from Guyana.

Chanderpaul started his international career against England on his home ground, Bourda in Georgetown, Guyana in 1994 and has since then scored 6,617 Test runs with 14 Test centuries. He said he was overjoyed when he made his debut. "I was called up to the squad and never thought I was going to play the game so when I heard my name in the final eleven to play that morning I was overjoyed and I was eager to make my mark," he remembered.

Chanderpaul termed Pakistan's Wasim Akram and Australian Shane Warne as the two most dangerous bowlers he had faced in his career. "Wasim was difficult because of his ability to swing the ball and also to seam off the wicket. Warne turns the ball a long way and he is one of those guys who will work you out," said Chanderpaul who also led the West Indies in 14 Tests and 16 one-day internationals before relinquishing the job last year to concentrate more on his batting.