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Veteran West Indies batsman Shivnarine Chanderpaul has announced that the national team will do whatever it takes to win the second Test against Bangladesh in St Lucia since it is the country’s 500th Test match.
Chanderpaul, who made his debut in 1994 and has served under twelve different captains, revealed that he inspires the team by telling them stories of how legendary players like Curtly Ambrose, Courtney Walsh and Brian Lara never backed down in any match, even when the odds were stacked against them.
“We will talk about history, where we came from, what happened in the past,” Chanderpaul said. “Show some of the videos of what happened in the past. We are West Indians who fight as hard as we can whenever we step out. We are the type of people who never give up.
“I was a young fellow when I came into the team, seeing Curtly Ambrose, Courtney Walsh, Brian (Lara), Richie Richardson. All the greats that were in the team in the past. I have seen them play as well, I got into the mixture of those who were around even before me, guys like Desmond Haynes. The toughness we take out from them and the toughness in the cricket field also. We used to fight in the past. We never give up, all the way, down to the bottom.
“There were games when we fought very hard to win. There was Ambrose and Walsh who won us those matches in the past. These are the guys who came out and bowled their heart out when everyone wrote us off, and wins games for us. We pick our challenge and we go out and we fight hard.”
With the West Indies having played their inaugural Test match against England at Lord’s on June 23, 1928, Chanderpaul is now hoping that the younger generation keep the country’s Test legacy alive.
“That’s a lot of Test cricket. We have such a great history,” he said. “It means a lot to me and I know everyone else in the team right now. Even the guys who played in the past, some of them are still around like Ambrose and Stuart Williams. It means a lot for us.
“It is a milestone that we have achieved. Hopefully we go from strength to strength. Cricket will go on. The youngsters will hopefully keep flying the West Indies flag flying as high as possible.”