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)
Yuvraj hit 6 sixes off 6 balls in a match with England.
He was the Man of the series in an ODI series against Pakistan in 2006.
The cricketer has fought and survived cancer.
Yuvraj Singh, a cricketer who plays all forms of the game. He is an all-rounder, left-handed batsman, and slow left-arm orthodox bowler. The cricketer was diagnosed with a cancerous tumour in 2011 in his left lung, he underwent a chemotherapy. After a break of almost a year, he made his international comeback in a Twenty20 match in September 2012.
He was many achievements to his name including that of Padma Shri Award and Arjuna Award. The Test of My Life: From Cricket to Cancer and Back is his autobiography.
Here are 9 best inning by Yuvraj Singh in One-day Cricket:
1. 139 vs Australia
He was playing the seventh match of VB series in Sydney on 22nd January 2004. In one of his finest efforts, he scored a 139 against Australia. Though India lost the match, but Yuvraj Singh did prove that he possessed match-winning capabilities.
2. 107 vs Pakistan
It was a five-match ODI series against Pakistan in March 2006. India’s target was 286, which was quite competitive as Pakistan was playing for pride. However, Yuvraj Singh along with M.S. Dhoni led India to an easy victory. India won the series by 4 to 1. Yuvraj had an unbeaten score of 107 off 93 balls. He was named Man of the Match and also Man of the series.
3. 103 vs South Africa
Another five-match ODI series, this time with South Africa in 2005. Though India lost this match by 5 wickets, Yuvraj Singh had scored 103 off 122 balls, it included 10 boundaries, out which 3 were sixes. He scored this century when the top batting order had failed. Singh had scored three centuries in that series, all three under pressure.
4. 110 vs West Indies
He was the playing in the sixth match of the Indian Oil Cup in Colombo on 7th August 2005. Yuvraj Singh is remembered for this match due to his angry gestures and annoyance at coach Greg Chappell’s criticism of his batting. He had steadied the score to 262 with 110 after the top order failed. India won the match by 7 runs.
5. 118 and 4/28 vs England
He picked four important wickets in this match, which included Andrew Flintoff and Kevin Pietersen. On 17th November 2008, it was the second ODI between India and England at Indore. He contribution was 118 to a 292 total score. India won the match by 54 runs.
6. 58 vs England
This was the grand record-making match. It was in this match that Yuvraj hit 6 sixes off 6 balls. He scored 58 runs off 16 balls during the Super Eights match between England and Indian during ICC Twenty20 Cricket World Championship. India had won the game by 18 runs.
Semi Final match between India and Australia of the inaugural Twenty20 World Cup. In this match, the hits flowed off his bat in torrents and piloted India to a magnificent 188 in 20 overs. Yuvraj underlined his importance with a catch which sent back the dangerous Mike Hussey. India won the match by 15 runs.
8. 2/44 and 57 vs Australia
This was Ricky Ponting’s last match. The quarter-final match of the ICC Cricket World Cup 2011 between India and Australia. He guided his team to a competitive total of 260. But Yuvraj foiled his plans with an all-around performance. He sent Brad Haddin and Michael Clarke to the pavilion and also scored a vital half-century which resulted in India’s unforgettable win.
9. 69 vs England
This was a time when India had consequently lost 9 one-day finals. England gave a heavy target of 326. India lost 5 wickets after the 1 wicket got off. When Tendulkar fell, many switched off their televisions as he went back to pavilion. However, there were two men still standing on the crease. Yuvraj Singh and Mohammad Kaif made a marvellous partnership that led to India winning the match. This was the match in after which Saurav Ganguly took off his shirt at Lord’s.