Chanderpaul is only the second West Indian to reach 10,000 runs
West Indies batsman, Shivnarine Chanderpaul has become the tenth batsman, and only the second West Indian player to pass 10,000 runs.
Chanderpaul, currently aged 37, joined former teammate Brian Lara in the 10,000 run club after scoring his 14th run in the second innings of the final Test against Australia at Dominica.
“It felt really good to reach this milestone, I have been batting well and spending a lot of time at the crease and to reach 10,000 Test runs is something special for me,” he said.
Chanderpaul, also noted that all his years of hard work were also finally starting to pay off.
“It was one of the goals I set myself and I believe I have reaped the reward for the hard work I put in over the years,” he added.
Chanderpaul, who has now played 140 Test matches for the West Indies since making his debut in 1994 in his hometown of Guyana, has often been left as the last man standing for the team, who have failed to be as dominant as they were in the 1980s and early 1990s.
With the first Test against England to begin on May 17, Chanderpaul will again play a vital role in holding the batting department steady against some aggressive bowling.
Chanderpaul’s West Indian teammate, Darren Bravo, who has been named as the next Brian Lara, said: “Whenever you talk to Shiv and ask for advice he is willing 100%, each and every time.”
“We’re very fortunate to have him in this team and we enjoy his company. He’s going to be around for a very long time still, he’s scored lots of runs and as young batsmen we should try to take a page from Shiv’s book as much as possible. As long as we do, we’re going to improve as a batting unit in the future,” he added.