Chanderpaul was still a teenager when he marked his debut Test series with four half centuries against England a decade ago.india Updated: Oct 23, 2006 18:13 IST
Chanderpaul was still a teenager when he marked his debut Test series with four half centuries against England a decade ago.
It took him three years to reach three figures for the first time, but he has gone on to become a dependable member of a talented, but sometimes fragile West Indies batting line-up.
For a player normally regarded as an accumulator, Chanderpaul is still capable of scoring rapidly when in the mood. Although he has often played second-fiddle to brasher, more glamorous batsmen, Chanderpaul is one of the West Indies' most consistent and reliable performers.
There is little aesthetically pleasing about his dogmatic batting style with his unorthodox stance and loose wrists.
He has struggled with both form and fitness, missing several key tours in the last three years.
But he returned to his best in the home series against India two years ago, averaging 140, with three centuries. The highlight was 140 at home ground Georgetown.
And he also impressed on the return tour, with a six-hour century to secure a face-saving draw in Calcutta after West Indies had lost the first two Tests.
He hit 150 off 136 balls in a one-day international against South Africa in 1999 and last month made 109 in a Test against the same opponents, 86 of which came in fours and sixes because he was hampered by a leg injury.
Chanderpaul normally bats at four or five in Test cricket, but also has experience as an opener in one-day internationals.