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Shiv’s 100

100 test matches and still going unnoticed. That is Shivnarine Chanderpaul. And probably he doesnt have any complaints regarding lack of spotlight on him. Probably he likes it this way.


100 test macthes. Nearly 6700 runs. 14 hundreds. An average of almost 45. These are all signs of a very good batsman.

His stance may not be pretty, his movements at the crease may not be pretty, but he times the ball extremely well.

And above all he is always dependable.

And his best test innings has been against the mighty Aussies.

The blistering  69 -ball 100 cannot be forgotten easily.

And yet, the most number of times he was written about was all for the wrong reasons.

That was when he was made the captain of West Indies.

There were articles about how selfish he was in accepting the captaincy when he should have been supporting his team mates.

There were articles about how he is not a natural leader and how poor a captain he is.


And now when he is playing his 100th test, there are very few articles written about the milestone.

And even those articles are hardly two paragraphs long.

More paragraphs were devoted to the news that vice-captain Sarwan was dropped from the team.


In this age, when players who have played 2.5 tests are superstars, Chanderpaul is a picture of humility – a silent performer who goes about his job, hardly bothering about the spotlight.

May his tribe grow.

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