When we think about cricket legends we forget the name Shivnarine Chanderpaul. A dynamic unorthodox player hailing from a village called Unity, in Guyana South America.
Critics said he was too scrawny and skinny to play cricket. He wanted to prove them all wrong.
His first match against the Leeward Islands was a disaster, he was bowled out for a duck. Then when his team played with Barbados. Shiv was sat on the bench. The dream of playing in England became a reality in 1993 when he surprised everyone making 372 runs for the West Indies under 19 team. He was only 17!
This was the start of a great career, he began to partake in 140 test matches. In his first 18 matches, he scored 1232 runs at an average of 49.28
The next biggest milestone was against India when he made 137 runs. The “Tiger” Chanderpaul aggravated most bowlers with his unusual stance standing square to the wicket and his battle stips under his eyes. The world recognised him as a great batsman.
He made over 10 thousand runs for West Indies making him the second-highest run taker in West Indies history. Shiv guarded his wicket well, as most teams struggled to bowl him out. Many cricketers look up to him such as Kumar Sangakara and Angus Fraser.
Chanderpaul stated that he feels the best cricketer in the world right now is Virat Kohli.