Shivnarine Chanderpaul says Kotla pitch similar to Guyana

Shivnarine Chanderpaul in action during day one of the opening Test Getty Images

By CricketCountry Staff

New Delhi: Nov 7, 2011

West Indies middle-order batsman Shivnarine Chanderpaul, who remained unbeaten on 111 on the first day, said the pitch at the Feroz Shah Kotla Stadium in New Delhi looked similar to the one in Guyana.

“This is a similar wicket to Guyana. It is flat and one of those where the fast bowlers bowl the whole day and nothing much happens. I come from Guyana and have a lot of experience on wickets like these. It does take a little time to get accustomed to it,” he said after the end of the day s play.

Chanderpaul, who hit his 24th international Test century to equal Sir Vivian Richards record said, “First of all, let me thank Lord Shiva for his blessings today. This means a lot to me because in the beginning I never really used to convert half-centuries into hundreds but now I have been able to do so. I am happy.”

The left-hand batsman praised Kraigg Brathwaite, as the two added runs for the wicket. “He was great. He was being patient and I had told him to not do anything stupid and be more positive and a little bit aggressive and get [the] singles. If the bad balls come along then find the boundaries, if possible. And he played very well.”