This name needs no introduction, especially to all the cricket followers out there. Shivnarine Chanderpaul was the backbone of West-Indies batting before ending his 22 year old international cricket career in January 2016 as the seventh highest test run maker in history and the first Indo-Caribbean batsman to play 100 tests for the West-Indies. The 41 year old for West-Indian captain scored a total of 11,867 runs.
This was just 86 runs short of the West Indies all time record which was held by Brian Lara. Chanderpaul made his debut against England in March 1994 as a left-handed batsman. His highest test score in 164 tests was 203 not out. He had achieved this figure twice before; against South Africa in Georgetown in 2005 and against Bangladesh in Mirpur in 2012.
He hit a total of 66 fifties and 30 test centuries before finishing with a career Test average of 51.37. Chanderpaul’s crucial 104 against Australia in the 2003 Antigua Test lead West Indies to a successful 418 run chase. He went through a dull period when he was dropped for two Tests against Australia in June 2015. He had made just 92 runs in three Tests against England just before that. He managed to reach 50 only once in his last 10 Test innings.
Shivnarine Chanderpaul also made his mark in ODIs, playing a total of 268 ODIs with a top score of 150. He finished with an average of 41.60 making a total of 8,778 runs with 11 centuries. He also played 22 T-20 Internationals. In 2008 he was amongst the five cricketers of the year by Wisden and was also named the cricketer of the year by International Cricket Council (ICC).
Known for his crab-like stance and unconventional style, had a few problems when he started with his career. Low conversion rate of fifties into hundreds and a large piece of floating bone in his foot were his major problems by the end of the year 2000. Chanderpaul fought hard to solve his problems and got the troublesome bone removed. He scored three centuries in four Tests against India in 2001-2002.
He performed consistently in the 2004 Champions Trophy and was elected as the West Indian captain in 2005-2006 but later retracted from the job due to its effects on his performance. He held the West Indies team together after Lara’s retirement.
Shivnarine Chanderpaul had humble beginnings when he was born on 16 August 1974 in Unity Village, Guyana. He was helped by his father Kamraj Chanderpaul in nurturing his cricketing talent. Chanderpaul started playing for his village cricket team at the young age of 8 years. He played for the Demerara Cricket Club Under-16 side when he was 10 and made his First-Class cricket debut for Guyana at the age of 17.
He was picked for the West Indies Under-19 cricket team and was a very successful batsman. This leaded to his selection in the West Indies cricket team for the Test series against England in March 1994.
Shivnarine Chanderpaul is married to Amy Chanderpaul and they have a son named Tagenarine and a daughter named Ciara. His mother’s name is Uma Chanderpaul.
Shivnarine Chanderpaul started his education with Gibson School in Unity Village and went to Cove and John High School in the same village. His cricketing career did not leave much time for him to pursue his education further.
Shivnarine Chanderpaul Net Worth
Shivanarine Chanderpaul has done well for himself and has a total net worth of $4.3 million US dollars as of 2017. In the past decade, cricketers have enjoyed various income opportunities due to an increase in the amount of cricket being played all around the world. Chandeerpaul got his piece of the pie when was picked for Durham 2007-2009, Royal Challengers Bangalore in 2008, Lancashire in 2010, Warwickshire 2011-2012, Khulna Royal Bengal 2012-2013, Derbyshire 2013-2014 and Guyana Amazon Warriors in 2015. Let us not forget that he has been playing for Guyana since 1991.
It is known that Shivnarine Chanderpaul has a house in Florida, USA and a small food business in Jamaica. One cannot blame him for investing in two very thriving places.
A cricketer’s main business is his cricket and Shivnarine Chanderpaul is no different. Being known for his crab-like stance and unorthodox style, he has put many text-book styles to shame. While taking his batting stance, he stands facing the bowler to see the ball clearly with both eyes. He developed this habit while facing fast bowlers in his early days. Most people have had mixed views about his style, which may have been the reason for him being underrated as a batsman. He was known for his attacking style of play but played more of an anchor role towards the end of his career.
Shivnarine Chanderpaul still plays for his regional side Guyana and is all set to return to Lancashire for a one year contract at the age of 42. He is happy doing what he has always done, and that is to play cricket.
Shivnarine Chanderpaul proved that the coaching handbook is not everything to perform consistently as a cricketer. He possesses the crabbiest technique in the cricket world with a lightning pull shot. Coming out of Brian Lara’s shadow, he became the 2nd West Indian player to reach 10,000 test runs. In spite of ups and downs in his career at certain points, he managed to be a consistent scoring batsman for the West Indies. Chanderpaul was known for his determination while playing and the Australian spinner Shane Warne who is a legend himself spoke about Shivnarine Chanderpaul, calling him a batsman who needed to crowbar away from the crease.