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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)

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FIFA World Cup 2018: Indian Cuisine becomes the most sought after in Moscow

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Indian dishes available in Moscow during FIFA World Cup 2018, representational image, wikimedia commons

June 17, 2018:

Restaurateurs Prodyut and Sumana Mukherjee have not only brought Indian cuisine to the ongoing FIFA World Cup 2018 here but also plan to dish out free dinner to countrymen if Argentina wins the trophy on July 15.

Based in Moscow for the last 27 years, Prodyut and Sumana run two Indian eateries, “Talk Of The Town” and “Fusion Plaza”.

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Both restaurants serve popular Indian dishes like butter chicken, kebabs and a varied vegetarian spread.

During the ongoing FIFA World Cup 2018, there will be 25 per cent discount for those who will possess a Fan ID (required to watch World Cup games).

There will also be gifts and contests on offers during matches in both the restaurants to celebrate the event.

The Mukherjees, hailing from Kolkata, are die-hard fans of Argentina. Despite Albiceleste drawing 1-1 with Iceland in their group opener with Lionel Messi failing to sparkle, they believe Jorge Sampaoli’s team can go the distance.

“I am an Argentina fan. I have booked tickets for a quarterfinal match, a semifinal and of course the final. If Argentina goes on to lift

During the World Cup, there will be 25 per cent discount for those who will possess a Fan ID (required to watch World Cup games).

There will also be gifts and contests on offers during matches in both the restaurants to celebrate the event.

FIFA World Cup 2018 Russia
FIFA World Cup 2018, Wikimedia Commons.

“We have been waiting for this World Cup. Indians come in large numbers during the World Cup and we wanted these eateries to be a melting point,” he added.

According to Cutting Edge Events, FIFA’s official sales agency in India for the 2018 World Cup, India is amongst the top 10 countries in terms of number of match tickets bought.

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Prodyut came to Moscow to study engineering and later started working for a pharmaceutical company here before trying his hand in business. Besides running the two restaurants with the help of his wife, he was into the distribution of pharmaceutical products.

“After Russia won the first match of the World Cup, the footfall has gone up considerably. The Indians are also flooding in after the 6-9 p.m. game. That is the time both my restaurants remain full,” Prodyut said.

There are also plans to rope in registered fan clubs of Latin American countries, who will throng the restaurants during matches and then follow it up with after-game parties till the wee hours.

“I did get in touch with some of the fan clubs I had prior idea about. They agreed to come over and celebrate the games at our joints. Those will be gala nights when both eateries will remain open all night for them to enjoy,” Prodyut said.

Watching the World Cup is a dream come true for the couple, Sumana said.

“We want to make the Indians who have come here to witness the spectacle and feel at home too. We always extend a helping hand and since we are from West Bengal, we make special dishes for those who come from Bengal,” she added. (IANS)