Young Tiger Eager To Roar
SCARBOROUGH, TOBAGO – If it’s not hard enough being the son of one of the greatest Test batsmen in world cricket right now, Tagenarine Chanderpaul now has the added pressure to deliver under the tag of one of the most talented young West Indian batsmen.
He’s the name on everyone’s tongue, not solely because he’s Shivnarine Chanderpaul’s son, but also because he’s been scoring loads of runs at the regional level. He’s currently part of the Guyana Under 17 team that is taking part in the West Indies Cricket Board’s Regional Under 17 Championship in Tobago.
He’s already proven to be a key player for the Guyana youth team, scoring 56 not out in Guyana’s score of 93 for eight in their Round II match versus Barbados at Louis D’or on Tuesday. Chanderpaul stroked more than half his team’s total score in the reduced 30 over match as Guyana won by eight runs.
He’s been a big hit in Tobago since arriving. Many local cricket supporters had flocked to Louis D’or on Sunday for the opening round of matches where Guyana had to take on the Windward Islands.
However, heavy rainfall, and a damp outfield left fans disappointed as they weren’t able to see one of the brightest young prospects in regional cricket today. So how does Tagenarine handle the pressure?
He said, “Well not really [handling the pressure], I just try to focus and bat. I’m enjoying my cricket. We had the Under fifteen last year and now the Under seventeen in Tobago. I’m just trying to perform my best, and hopefully I’ll make it.”
You may be wondering with Shiv as his father, how much of an influence does the older Chanderpaul have on the younger one in terms of cricket. Tagenarine trains as much as he can when his father is at home, and away from West Indies duty. But most times, when Shiv is travelling around the world batting for the West Indies, it is Tagenarine’s grandfather that helps him through sessions and drills.
With Shiv out of the limited leg of the New Zealand series, Tagenarine trains with his father regularly these days. He says once they’re both at home, his father does some bowling for a change, while he bats and gets some pointers on how to improve his game and technique.
Over the next year, his plans are all laid out. It starts with the current Under 17 Tournament. He wants to finish with a lot of time at the crease and runs under his belt. He would also like for Guyana to take home the trophy, “This is the first time for this tournament, and we [Guyana] would really like to win it.”
He eyes selection as part of the Guyana Under 19 team that will take part in the West Indies Cricket Board’s Under 19 Tournament starting in Barbados later this month. He would also like to be part of the Under 19 team that goes to the International Cricket Council’s Under 19 Cricket World Cup next month.
As for playing First Class cricket for Guyana next year, he’s wary of the work he’ll have to put in and the competition he will face, “I’m going to have to train hard. I’m going to have to train hard and hopefully I’ll get there.”
It’s a nice lesson for us all though, even if you’re Shiv Chanderpaul’s son, and you’re blessed with the great gift of batting, you still have to put in the hard work to get to the top.