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Batsman hungry for more runs

MUCH STILL TO OFFER: Shiv Chanderpaul

RECORD BREAKER Shivnarine Chanderpaul is not ready to hang up his bat just yet. The veteran batsman recently became the most capped West Indies player, reaching the milestone of 133 Tests in the third Test against India in which he scored a match saving century on Sunday.

But anyone that thought the affable left-hander, who averages 49.04 runs in Tests, was finished would be wide of the mark; he has declared he still has lots of runs and experience to offer the national team and youngsters who are keen to take up the game.

Typically he was gracious to others as he gave reasons for his longevity. "I used to listen to Courtney (Walsh) and Curtly (Ambrose). I would sit in the middle of them and they would pass information and I would just be happy to hear their views on cricket,” said a man know affectionately as Shiv.

“I’m a batsman and I got to understand the way the bowlers would think and that is how I learned a lot - just by listening and learning. I want to help the others in this team get better as individuals and for all of us to get better as a team."

Guyana-born Chanderpaul, 36, can list Durham, Guyana, Lancashire, Royal Challengers Bangalore, Stanford Superstars amongst his other teams but he has a special feel for West Indies.

He made his Test debut against England in 1994 and has not looked back since. He has many memories to cherish but his recent unbeaten 116 at Roseau, Dominicia is an innings he rates among his "best because of the situation."

“I would say this was one my best because of the situation of the team when I went in to bat and the way the game was going. You have to be very patient and watchful while batting on a fifth day pitch. The ball was bouncing and turning."

His ton came from a 343 balls and gained him the man of the match plaudits.
He now has 9,367 Test runs to his name which includes an impressive 23 centuries and 55 half-centuries.

"I'm extremely pleased to reach this milestone. I believe it is a really big occasion. High point? I'm still looking for it. There is still more to come.

“Whatever knowledge and experience I have gained I would like to pass it on and help the other members of the team with their game," Chanderpaul said. “You couldn’t play as freely as you would have liked to so I had to use all my skills and it took a lot of mental effort as well. Also, Dhoni blocked up all the areas where you had scoring opportunities and it was a lot of hard work. It was really tough out there."

With international commitments now over, Chanderpaul will now head for England to join Warwickshire as the club's overseas player.

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