Antigua: Shivnarine Chanderpaul, the West Indian great, called time on his 22-year-old career. The southpaw batsman notified West Indies Cricket Board in an email of his decision to retire from his international cricket.
Dave Cameron, WICB President said, “The WICB acknowledges the invaluable contribution Shiv has made to the game globally and we wish him all the best”.
A career that spanned 164 test, 268 One Day Internationals and 22 T-20 appearances, was full of unforgettable moments.
Chanderpaul ended his career just 86 runs short of Brian Lara’s tally of 11953, the highest for West Indies. He is seventh highest scorer in the history of the test cricket.
He started his career against England at his home ground in March 1994. He was dropped last year after his continued poor form against England.
The batsman was known for his awkward batting stance and the ability to play through the time. With age, he had got better as he has the second best batting average after the age of 35.
He averaged more than 50 in test cricket and more than 40 in ODI cricket crossing the benchmark set for attaining the greatness in the cricket world.
Chanderpaul was a great role model for the game as he kept himself free from the controversies and was admired by the opposition for his work ethic. He wasn’t the most technically right batsman and many experts had written him off very early but he proved them all wrong.
He was the backbone of the West Indian team which unfortunately had got very weak in his time. Although his team won his last test match. Shivnarine Chanderpaul clearly was one of the best Indian origin batsmen to play for the Caribbean team.(Image-cricinfo)