Who said what: World reacts after Shivnarine Chanderpaul announces his retirement
After 22 years of international cricket, Shivnarine Chanderpaul finally hung up his boots. He is one of only two modern players, aside from Sachin Tendulkar to have played in two decades. He ends his career as the second-highest West Indian Test run-maker, only 86 behind Brian Lara.
Chanderpaul played over 160 Tests for West Indies but hadn't played since May 2015, when he was dropped for home Test series against England. In his 164 Tests, he scored 11,867 runs at an average of 51.37 with 30 centuries.
Although he isn’t as revered as Lara, he still has plenty of records, some of which are unlikely to be broken anytime soon. The best of them is his record of batting for more than 25 hours in a Test series against India before being dismissed.
Although he was always stereotyped as a cricketer who was more suitable for the longest format of the game, his ODI record isn't too shabby either. In 268 ODIs, he scored 8,778 runs at an average of 41.60, although his last ODI match was during the 2011 World Cup.
Despite being His desire to play cricket is just as strong as it was when he began, which is evident from the fact that played in the semi-final of a domestic one-day tournament for Guyana just three days ago. He will now take part in the inaugural Masters Champions League (MCL), where he was signed for $30,000 by the Gemini Arabians.
Here are some of the best reactions from the cricketing fraternity.
India batting legend Sachin Tendulkar:
Congrats Shiv on a great career. You practiced the virtue of staying at the wicket & accumulating runs. Best of luck. #chanderpaulretires.— sachin tendulkar (@sachin_rt) January 23, 2016
India's leading wicket-taker Anil Kumble:
Well done Shiv Chanderpaul on a wonderful career. Wishing you the very best in the future. A truly great player! https://t.co/2SlMKSFrxN— Anil Kumble (@anilkumble1074) January 23, 2016
West Indian skipper Jason Holder:
It was an honor to step on the field alongside you. You were a coach at mid-off for any bowler and you would talk us through how to setup a batsman which would always stay in my mind. Thank you Shiv for your wonderful contribution not only to WI cricket but to world cricket. You have been an ambassador for the region and we are proud of you. I want to wish you well in your future endeavors and may you continue to tick over the scoreboard in what ever you do. #thanksshiv
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Former Indian batsman VVS Laxman:
Congrats Shiv Chanderpaul on an exceptional careerHad a gr8 appetite to score big 100's esp against India.Hav a fulfilling retirement— VVS Laxman (@VVSLaxman281) January 23, 2016
Former Australian wicketkeeper Adam Gilchrist:
Unsung hero of WI cricket. https://t.co/in3qPYDTbi— Adam Gilchrist (@gilly381) January 23, 2016
West Indies all-rounder Darren Sammy had this to say about his former teammate's retirement:
Long live the tiger Thank you Shiv Chanderpaul for your grit determination and consistency in… https://t.co/kw7UvaX8Sg— Darren Sammy (@darrensammy88) January 23, 2016
Former Zimbabwe batsman Brendan Taylor salutes West Indies' second-leading Test run getter:
https://t.co/XvL3Ww9tdo salute a legend that never got the credit he deserved.— Brendan Taylor (@BrendanTaylor86) January 23, 2016
Former Zimbabwe fast bowler Mpumelelo Mbangwa:
Congrats and all the best Shiv! https://t.co/iV0b3vhiy8— Mpumelelo Mbangwa (@mmbangwa) January 23, 2016