Shivnarine Chanderpaul was to West Indies what Rahul Dravid was to India and Jacques Kallis to South Africa. He was there battling it out in the middle when all the batsmen were back in the hut. Chanderpaul was one batsman who would bat and bat and bat. Even if he was required to stay at the crease without playing a single risky shot, he would do it with an ease.
Born on August 16, 1974 in Guyana, the left-handed batsman did not have a great start to his Test career. In his first 53 Test matches, he had scored only two hundreds. Things changed drastically for Chanderpaul after touring India in 2006. He scored 7 hundreds, 14 half-centuries and averaged 73.09 from the next 23 Tests thereafter.
A batsman who had scored just 2 Test hundred till his 54th game, completed his 10000th run for West Indies in his 140th Test against Australia in their home. That particular milestone was reached, again, while saving the match for his side.
Fortunately or unfortunately, Chanderpaulâ€™s best came when West Indies were slumping in Test cricket. He used to be the only face-saver for them in tough times.
Sadly, he did not get in return from West Indies cricket half of what he gave it to the side. After his dismal patch, at the age of 40, Chanderpaul was dropped from the Test squad in 2015. Later that year, his contact was not extended. This was a sign that West Indies cricket board had lost its faith in one of the best servants of their team. Chanderpaul retired from international cricket in December 2015.