The famous proverb ‘the hen scratches and the chicken learns’ has been proven right yet again, but this time in the field of cricket, where a son has followed the footsteps of his father by taking guard while making a mark with the use of a bail like his father has done with his unorthodox stance at the crease.
Throughout the decades since the inception of the game in England, spectators have witnessed many cricketers putting up spectacular performances with both bat and ball and have also witnessed father-son playing for their respective countries in different eras, which include Sunil Gavaskar and Rohan Gavaskar (India), Chris Broad and Stuart Broad (England) and there are several others which further fit in the list, but we have come across a surprise where the father and son from the West Indies have become the centre of attraction in a regional game in the West Indies.
In past, cricket has sprung many chances from time-to-time and has also witnessed brothers participating in the same game for their national and state side, which particularly includes Yusuf Pathan and Irfan Pathan from India, Steve Waugh and Mark Waugh from Australia, Kamran Akmal and Umar Akmal from Pakistan, Hamish Marshall and James Marshall from New Zealand and Morne Morkel and Albie Morkel from South Africa and so on.
Interestingly, Shivnarine Chanderpaul played alongside his son Tagenarine Chanderpaul in a first-class game at their home in Guyana, which has further turned out to be a great thing for cricket and families in the first sight.
The 42-year-old Shivnarine and his 20-year-old son Tagenarine scored fifties in the same innings for their side against Jamaica in a regional four-day game at Sabina Park in Jamaica.
Both share same kind of the similarities being the left-handers, they deflect the ball with soft hands as son aims to replicate what father has done during his illustrious career for the West Indies in nutshell.
Interestingly, the record books also suggests the duo have become the first-pair after 1931 to register individual half-centuries in the same-match at first-class level after George Gunn and his son George Vernon registered hundreds for Nottinghamshire.
Tagenarine scored 58 runs off 135 balls while spending exact 200 minutes at the crease. His father scored 57 off 175 balls with four boundaries.
While sharing notable traits, both put on 38 runs in 12 overs for fourth wicket for Guyana.
Given this, in 2012, both father and son notched individual hundreds while putting up a 256-run stand for their local side in Guyana.
Tagenarine has played 16 first-class games so far, in which he has scored 756 runs at an average of 25.20. However, his father Shivnarine is the second highest Test run-scorer for the West Indies after Brian Lara.