Shiv quiet, confident ahead of fifth CWC

Delhi, India – West Indies batting stalwart Shiv Chanderpaul is quietly confident of getting “it all together” when the West Indies open their ICC Cricket World Cup 2011 campaign against South Africa next week.

The 36-year-old left-hander who is entering his fifth World Cup said he is doing fine in the build-up to the most anticipated event in the game’s history.

Speaking to the international media, he noted: “I have been hitting the ball well and I am feeling fine. I know I need to be out there batting with the younger players for as long as I can. I have a job to do.”
He also backed the team to do well in the 10th edition of the World Cup.

“The team has been working hard for past couple of months. We have put in lot of work with the new coach. We played an ODI series in Sri Lanka in January where we could assess the team. So we are well prepared. And now, we are just waiting to go out there and get the job done,” the former ICC World Player-of-the-Year added.

Chanderpaul has been an outstanding servant for West Indies. He has made 9,063 runs including 22 centuries in 128 Tests, and 8,664 including 11 centuries in 263 One-Day Internationals. He World Cup recordis also excellent with 856 runs in 24 innings at an average of 40.7.

This is Chanderpaul second World Cup in the sub-continent. He was a member of the team which reached the semi-finals in 1996. Asked about the role of spinners on the pitches on the sub-continent, he said: “Of course spin will play an important role in the subcontinent. We saw that in the warm-up games. We have to be ready for these things. We have played in the sub-continent and we know what to expect.

“We have two very spinners in our team as well. We have Benny [Sulieman Benn] and Nicky (Nikita Miller] and they have been bowling well for us against Sri Lanka and in the warm-up matches. They can be a handful for opposing batsmen as well.”

The ICC Cricket World Cup opened with a spectacular ceremony at the Bangabandhu National Stadium in Dhaka on Thursday night. The opening contest will be between India and Bangladesh in Dhaka on Saturday afternoon.
The West Indies have been drawn in Group B alongside Bangladesh, India, England, South Africa, the Netherlands and Ireland.

The Windies bowl off against South Africa at the Feroz Shah Kotla Stadium on Thursday, February 24. They then face the Netherlands (February 28, Delhi), Bangladesh (March 4, Dhaka), Ireland (March 11, Mohali), England (March 17, Chennai), and India (March 20, Chennai).

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