Shivnarine Chanderpaul scored 11,687 Test runs for West Indies © AFP
Shivnarine Chanderpaul scored 11,687 Test runs for West Indies © AFP

Sachin Tendulkar congratulated West Indies veteran batsman Shivnarine Chanderpaul on an excellent career after the latter announced international retirement on Saturday. “Congrats Shiv on a great career. You practiced the virtue of staying at the wicket & accumulating runs. Best of luck. #chanderpaulretires,” Tendulkar tweeted. The 41-year-old former captain from Guyana ends his Test career on 11,867 runs, just 86 short of the West Indies all-time record held by Brian Lara. He had been in and out of the West Indian Test side quite a bit during the last couple of months of his 22-year-old international career. His final Test was against England last May in Barbados where the West Indies won by five wickets to level a three-Test series against Alastair Cook’s side. READ: Shivnarine Chanderpaul announces retirement from international cricket

According to AFP, WICB President Dave Cameron, said “The West Indies Cricket Board [WICB] acknowledges the invaluable contribution Shiv has made to the game globally and we wish him all the best.” Despite his international retirement, Chanderpaul has still been featuring for his regional team.

 

Chanderpaul’s last One-Day International (ODI) was during the ICC Cricket World Cup in India. The quarter-final match against Pakistan saw him for the very last time in the maroon jersey. West Indies was knocked out of the tournament after losing to Pakistan in the match. And Paksitan lost to eventual champions India in the semi-final at Mohali. Tendulkar was the player of the match for his 85 from 115 balls.
The West Indian finished his ODI career with decent numbers of 8778 runs from 268 ODIs. In 2008, Chanderpaul was named as one of the five Cricketers of the Year by Wisden.