Shivnarine Chanderpaul

Full name: Shivnarine Chanderpaul
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Born: 16 Aug 1974, Unity Village, East Coast, Demerara, Guyana
Batting: Left-hand batsman
Bowling: Right-arm leg-break
Teams: Guyana U-19 (1992-1993); WI U-19 (1993); Guyana (FC: 1992-); Guyana (ListA: 1992-); Guyana (T20: 2008); Demerara (1999-2003); WI A (1994); WI (Test: 1994-); WI (ODI: 1994/95-); WI (T20: 2006-); Durham (FC: 2007-2009); Durham (ListA: 2007-2009); Durham (T20: 2008); Lancashire (FC: 2010); Warwickshire (FC: 2011); Warwickshire (ListA: 2011); BPL Khulna Royal Bengals (T20; 2012); SLPL Uva Unicorns (T20: 2012);   All teams
Clubs: Georgetown Cricket Club; Everest (Georgetown);
School: Cove and John Secondary School
Relation: Tagenarine Chanderpaul (son)
Wisden Cricketer of the Year: 2008
Lancashire cap: 2010
Lists of matches and more detailed statistics

Early days

It was said that Khemraj Chanderpaul, Shivnarine's dad, had a concrete pitch laid in his front yard in Unity Village, on the East Coast of Demerara, in Guyana. Shivnarine then faced bowlers from the entire village and elsewhere, who were allowed to bend their elbows as much as they wanted in attempting to dismiss him. His father challenged the bowlers to try to hit Shivnarine on his body, resulting in lots of bruises at the end of the day! It was this, he said, that caused him to adopt the unique crab-like stance he now uses to great effect.

His dad would also have him practice batting on the beach at the water's edge so that he could learn to adapt to different batting conditions. So great was his love for the game that he often cut classes to play cricket, leaving his sister to fetch home his schoolbag. He was soon playing for East Coast Police, then Everest and Demerara Cricket clubs before finally settling at the Georgetown Cricket Club.

Shivnarine's dad Khemraj Chanderpaul and uncle Munilall Chanderpaul (the older brother) were both accomplished wicketkeeper-batsmen who were called to trials for the Guyana national team. Unity, the village they all hail from, is also the place of origin for West Indies fast bowler Colin Croft, Guyana ex-president Jagdeo Bharat and Guyana Cricket Board ex-president Chetram Singh.

Youth Cricket

After making his first class debut for the Guyana senior team Chanderpaul hit a century in his first youth match for Guyana in the 1992 Northern Telecom Youth Championships, played in Guyana. The 18-year-old Chanderpaul finished the rain-affected tournament with 205 runs from 5 completed innings and 7 wickets for about 20 runs each. His fine efforts for Guyana in 1992 at both the senior and youth levels were rewarded with a tour to Bermuda as a member of the West Indies Select XI that same year. He played 5 limited overs matches with moderate success with bat and ball.

In the 1993 Northern Telecom Youth Championships, played in the Leeward Islands, Chanderpaul scored 335 runs from 2 completed innings and took 20 wickets at less than 9 runs each! His runs included a century and 2 fifties. In addition, he took 5 or more wickets in an innings 3 times and 10 wickets in a match once.

Selected for the West Indies Under-19 team to tour England that same year (1993) Chanderpaul hit a magnificent 203 not out in the first Youth Test at Trent Bridge. He made 2 more scores of over 50 in the Test series but did not take any wickets.

Representing Guyana and the region

Shivnarine Chanderpaul made a fighting 90 on debut for Guyana in the 1992 Red Stripe Cup (regional first class tournament), at Bourda. Not yet 18 years of age, he showed from his very first big match the tough fighting spirit that would later bring him huge success worldwide as a batsman. In his first first class season he made 2 fifties in 2 matches, both at home in Guyana. Batting left-handed high up the batting order and bowling right-arm wrist spin, he also represented Guyana in a rain-affected List A match that year against Barbados at Bourda.

The following year (1993) Chanderpaul showed that he was destinied for an outstanding cricket career. In the annual first class season he scored his first first class century, making 140 not out for the West Indies President's XI against the touring Pakistan Test team. He also took 4 wickets for 68 runs in the first innings of that match.

Chanderpaul's best first class score was 303* versus Jamaica for Guyana, in a match played in Jamaica that included Test fast bowler Courtney Walsh.

Playing for West Indies

Chanderpaul made his Test debut against England in 1994 at Bourda, replacing the injured Carl Hooper. He batted at Number 6 and made 62 in a match that West Indies won by an innings and 44 runs. He had an excellent series, scoring four half-centuries in six innings at an average of 57.60. These included 75 not out made with Brian Lara in Antigua as Lara scored a then world record 375. For the next 2 years, however, Chanderpaul was in and out of the team as complacent team selection policies brought an end to West Indies' long unbeaten run in Test cricket.

He made his first Test century in his 19th Test match when he made 137* against India in 1997 in Barbados, batting for seven and a half hours. He had previously scored 15 half-centuries. One of those was ended by Shane Warne's most remarkable delivery, on the stroke of lunch in the Sydney Test in 1996. The delivery – had it gone straight on – would have been a wide, so close to the line of the return crease did it pitch. Instead it bit, and jagged back so sharply that if it had not rebounded from Chanderpaul's pad on to the stumps it would have missed leg stump.

In 1999 in East London, South Africa, Chanderpaul made his highest One Day International score when he opened the batting and scored 150 during a splendid partnership with Carl Hooper. It was the only One-Day match of that series that West Indies won.

He and fellow Guyanese Ramnaresh Sarwan both scored centuries in a Test record 4th innings score of 418 to win the final Test against Australia in 2003, and avoid a series whitewash. Despite his reputation as a dogged Test batsman he has also made the fourth fastest century in Test cricket, reaching three figures in just 67 balls at Bourda, Guyana, also in the 2003 series against Australia. That Australian bowling attack included Brett Lee, Jason Gillespie, Andy Bichel, Brad Hogg and Stuart MacGill. Chanderpaul said later that he would have preferred to bat longer, not faster!

In 2004, at Bourda, the one-day game against England had been reduced to 30 overs per side with West Indies batting first and Chanderpaul opening. It was painful to watch as he took 34 balls to reach double figures and 50 deliveries to get to 14. The spectators, of course, were unhappy, to say the least. From the next 46 deliveries he made a further 70, in a remarkable and sudden change of gear. West Indies lost a close game, but only a special, single-minded batsman could have had the confidence to come up with such a game-plan and to see it through.

He was named captain of West Indies in the first Test versus South Africa in March 2005 in Guyana, after seven senior players including captain Brian Lara were dropped in a sponsorship row. He scored 200* and was retained as captain for the rest of the series even though Lara returned in the second Test. In April 2006, Chanderpaul resigned as West Indies captain to concentrate on his batting. In 14 Tests he won 1 and lost 10, with 3 draws. In 16 One Day Internationals he won 2 and lost 14. The captaincy was immediately restored to Brian Lara.

The year 2008 was special for Chandepaul, when he was named the International Cricket Council’s Cricketer of the Year, winning the Sir Garfield Sobers Trophy. He was also named Wisden Cricketer of the Year in 2008. In July 2008 President Jagdeo of Guyana appointed Chanderpaul as a member of the Order of Service of Guyana and awarded him the Golden Arrow of Achievement. This was for “his consistently outstanding performance as a cricketer, especially as a batsman, at the national, regional and international levels.”

It was not, however, all fun for him in 2008. In the Test against Australia at Sabina Park in Jamaica, he was felled by a bouncer during a fiery spell by Brett Lee, with his score on 86. Though he lost control of his arms and legs momentarily he stood back up, waved off the paramedics, took guard again and went on to score one of cricket's most courageous centuries (see photo). In true Chanderpaul style, he later said "The team would have been in trouble if I had left the field then."

It was also in 2008 that Chanderpaul scored 10 runs (a four and a six) off the last 2 balls of a One-Day International to snatch victory from Sri Lanka in the face of almost certain defeat. West Indies needed 10 runs off the last 2 balls and Chaminda Vaas was bowling. (See photo.)

In March 2009, when Chanderpaul was ranked as the world's leading Test batsman, he was welcomed back to Guyana by thousands as his motorcade made its way from the airport into Georgetown. He was awarded Guyana’s third highest National Award (Cacique Crown of Honour) for achieving excellence and International standing in the field of Sports. He also received a plot of land from a private developer. A section of New Garden Street running along the Bourda cricket ground was renamed Shiv Chanderpaul Drive in his honour. (See photo.)

In early 2011 the West Indies Cricket Board (WICB) dropped Chanderpaul, Gayle and Sarwan from the one-day team to play Pakistan in the West Indies and Chanderpaul was asked to retire from One-Day Internationals. He stated shortly after that the new WICB coach's methods were detrimental to his batting. Chanderpaul also demanded an explanation from WICB Chief Executive Ernest Hilaire for comments he (Hilaire) made about the lack of discipline and application in the West Indies team during the recent series in the Indian sub-continent. He later found himself before the WICB because of this.

On 06 July 2011, in the 3rd Test against India in Dominica, he became the most-capped West Indies player, playing in his 133rd Test match. In this match he, as he did so often before, rescued the West Indies yet again with a century in the second innings - his 23rd Test century overall. The Prime Minister of Dominica, who was attending the match, conferred honorary Dominica citizenship on Chanderpaul on the 5th day of the match, as his broad bat kept the Indian bowlers at bay.

Professional cricket

Chanderpaul represented Durham, Lancashire and Warwickshire, starting from 2007, replacing regular overseas players who were unavailable because of national commitments. He also represented Khulna Royal Bengals in the Bangladesh Premier League, and Uva Next in the Sri Lanka Premier League and enjoyed considerable success in both.


Chanderpaul is also known for using a bail to mark his guard, his open crablike stance when batting (see photo), wearing black anti-glare stripes when batting and kissing the pitch whenever he gets a century (see photo). He represented Durham for the second half of the 2007 English county season (see photo) and Lancashire in 2010 (see photo). In 2011 he agreed to represent Warwickshire in the English County championship.

Batting and Fielding Averages (20 Mar 2014)
Team Format M I NO Runs HS Ave 100 50 SR Ct
Guyana U19 2in 10 12 5 540 139* 77.14 2 3   10
West Indies U19 2in 3 4 1 372 203* 124.00 1 2   0
West Indies U19 LO 2 2 0 53 37 26.50 0 0   1
Demerara 2in 1 1 0 145 145 145.00 1 0   0
Demerara LO 2 2 0 173 103 86.50 1 1   0
Guyana FC 60 92 20 4947 303* 68.70 16 21   56
All FC 317 518 96 23365 303* 55.36 69 116   177
Guyana ListA 84 77 19 2442 112 42.10 1 19   33
All ListA 396 368 66 12646 150 41.87 12 92   111
Guyana T20 15 15 2 291 53 22.38 0 1   9
All T20 78 75 11 1565 87* 24.45 0 8 106.75 23
West Indies
Test 153 261 45 11219 203* 51.93 29 62 43.30 64
West Indies ODI 268 251 40 8778 150 41.60 11 59 70.74 73
West Indies T20I 22 22 5 343 41 20.17 0 0 98.84 7
Bowling Averages (20 Mar 2014)
Team Format Balls Mdns Runs Wkts BB Ave 5wI 10wM SR Econ
Guyana U19 2in 945 51 320 27 6/30 11.85 3 1 35.0 2.03
West Indies U19 2in 114 3 64 0 0/20  - 0 0  - 3.36
West Indies U19 LO 126 1 95 2 1/43 47.50 0 0 63.0 4.52
Demerara LO 48 0 41 2 2/41 20.50 0 0 24.0 5.13
Guyana FC 1457 53 642 27 4/48 23.77 0 0 54.0 2.64
All FC 4854 143 2537 60 4/48 42.28 0 0 80.9 3.13
Guyana ListA 899 6 691 42 4/22 16.45 0 0 21.4 4.61
All ListA 1681 6 1388 56 4/22 24.78 2 0 30.0 4.95
West Indies Test 1740 50 883 9 1/2 98.11 0 0 193.3 3.04
West Indies ODI 740 0 636 14 3/18 45.42 0 0 52.9 5.15