The International Cricket Council (ICC) has praised recently retired West Indies batsman Shivnarine Chanderpaul as “a role model for millions”.
The 41-year-old Guyanese called time on his international career last week, after playing 164 Tests and finishing as just one of 11 players to score in excess of 10,100 Test runs, reports CMC.
“Shivnarine Chanderpaul will be remembered as a reliable and extremely effective batsman. He was remarkable with the way he could adapt to his style, mixing solid defence and attack, to the demands of the situation,” ICC chief executive David Richardson said on Monday.
“For nearly two decades, Shivnarine not only excelled with the bat but with his sporting attitude and quiet determination became a role model for millions of youngsters.”
Chanderpaul scored 11,867 Test runs to be second on the all-time West Indies list behind legend Brian Lara and seventh on the international list.
He scored 30 Test centuries and finished with an average of 51.
Chanderpaul also served as the West Indies captain, leading the regional side in 14 Tests.
While known for his attritional run gathering, Chanderpaul also excelled in the shorter formats, stroking 8,778 runs from 268 One-Day Internationals at an average of 41.
His career was effectively ended last May when West Indies selectors axed him ahead of Australia’s tour of the Caribbean, following failures against South Africa and England.
List of batsmen with 10,000 runs in Tests:
Sachin Tendulkar (India) 15,921
Rickey Ponting (Australia) 13,378
Jacques Kallis (South Africa) 13,289
Rahul Dravid (India) 13,288
Kumar Sangakkara (Sri Lanka) 12,400
Brain Lara (West Indies) 11,953
Shivnarine Chanderpaul (West Indies) 11,867
Mahela Jayawardene (Sri Lanka) 11,814
Allan Border (Australia) 11,174
Steve Waugh (Australia) 10,927
Sunil Gavaskar (India) 10,122