Chanderpaul wants to add many more to 8077
NAPIER, New Zealand -- West Indies batting star Shivnarine Chanderpaul is sticking to his mantra “one match at a time” as he looks to add to the 8 077 runs scored in his brilliant Test career. At the same time, the 34-year-old will be aiming to help the Windies to victory in the 2nd Test against New Zealand at McLean Park in Napier. The match bowls off on Friday at noon (Thursday -- 7 pm Eastern Caribbean Time/6 pm Jamaica Time).
“You take it one game at a time. I never look too far ahead I just try to keep it simple and stay as calm as possible. I keep putting in the hard work – day in, day out,” said Chanderpaul. “I’m work on my balance a lot. Once it’s working I just stick with it. I also try to work on my strength and try to make them better. I try to focus on the present. I don’t look too much at the past and try not focus too much on the future.”
The West Indies players will have a training session on Thursday afternoon to finetune preparations for the second Test. Chanderpaul said the match will be all-important.
“This will be a very important Test match for us. We played pretty well in the first Test and we will be looking to do the same in the second match here in Napier. From the experience we had here the last time the pitch played pretty well. I had a look at it and there is a bit of grass. It should be a good pitch but whether it is good or not we have to go out there and play well. New Zealand has a good line-up, with players who can get good scores and they are at home. The key for us will be to try and eliminate our mistakes. Once we do that we should be in a good position,” he noted.
During the first Test Chanderpaul made 76 from 200 balls to move to 8 077 runs and ahead of Sir Garfield Sobers (8 032 runs) on the all-time West Indies list. Chanderpaul is behind two other legends -- Brian Lara made 11 953 runs and Sir Vivian Richards who scored 8 540 runs. During his innings Chanderpaul added 153 for the eighth wicket with Jerome Taylor, who made 106 from 107 balls -- his maiden first-class and Test century.
“It is an honour to be up there with Sir Garry and have my named mentioned alongside his name. He is the greatest the world has known. He set the milestone with 8 032 runs and in his era it took a long time to reach that. He is a hero for all West Indian cricketers. He set the standard and paved the way. All of us cannot be like Sir Garry. When you hear the name and when you see him, the goal is to be like him,” Chanderpaul said.
On Taylor’s batting he noted: “He played a fantastic innings. It was unbelievable. I was standing there at the other end just watching and enjoying it. I tried to help him to go on. Even when he reached the hundred I tried to get him to go on and get a bigger one. He was playing his shots and it worked for him.”