Thank You Chanderpaul

The Caribbean Is One Nation.
                                                                                    Thank You Chanderpaul    

We are not going to hammer the West Indies selectors for dropping Shivarine Chanderpaul from the team for the current test series against Australia. We saw his cricketing days coming to an end and there is never an unemotional way of saying your time is up to our heroes and great sports persons.
In 2013 MCG named Chanderpaul as a Caribbean Citizen of Note for his outstanding achievements and even then we figured that his last innings was approaching. Many will argue that he could have been given one more series to surpass the 87 runs needed to eclipse Brian Lara’s record for the most test runs scored by a West Indies player. However, that is not a solid reason for his retention in the test team. Sentimentally it sounds good but as Clive Lloyd has said, he had more than enough chances to better Lara. He simply did not get it done.
In many ways, Chanderpaul was unfortunate to have played in several West Indies teams that did not have the talent to win matches. While he succeeded time and time again, the others simply failed. He was by far the only bright light in West Indies teams for many years. He even tried with the captaincy and that did not work out. He did what he had to do with the bat and for that he will be forever considered one of the finest our region has produced.
His longevity should be attributed to his dedication and discipline both on and off the field. Substance triumphed style and a humbling demeanor defeated showmanship. He was the traditional cricketer who understood his limitations, and his tremendous focus, was more than that of all his team mates combined.
He therefore leaves a lasting legacy and one that Caribbean people, who love this game, will respect and talk about for many years to come.
Thank you, Shivarine Chanderpaul.


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