Shivnarine Chanderpaul hits a last ball six to win

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This was the perfect example of how great batsmen play the situation. Shivnarine Chanderpaul’s an obdurate Test batsman. He hangs around for hours. In one-day cricket, he’s a different beast. He’s A BEAST OF WRATH. Controlled wrath, but wrath nonetheless.

The West Indies needed ten to win off the last two balls against Sri Lanka yesterday. It didn’t matter that they were nine wickets down, both balls had to exit the field of play. Shiv hit a four and then calmly volleyed a six. Job done.

You don’t get the coveted Lord Megachief of Gold title without being half decent, but Shivnarine Chanderpaul‘s continuing to justify his selection.

Chamara Kapugedera had earlier hit a rescue act 95 after Sri Lanka had been 49-5. Kapugedera’s played a few matches, but this is one of the first signs that it might be worth learning his name. Maybe one day ‘Chamara Kapugedera’ will trip off the tongue as easily as ‘Shivnarine Chanderpaul, Lord Megachief of Gold’.

19 comments

  1. Watching the last 3 overs on tv last night made me realise that Shiv appears to actually be Owais Shah just with those Fruit Corner lids stuck to his cheeks… check it out… big bulging stary eyes, both forever spitting and sticking their tongues out like some gecko “on acid” ™(r), really quite bizarre.

    Have you ever seen them in the same place at the same time? no idea? me neither, but it’d be interesting if Owais hasn’t played against the windies yet…

  2. That Mendis looks like one to keep an eye on, though. None of the Windies batsmen had any sort of idea what to do against him.

  3. We’re always on the ball in case The Scientician comes in with an unintelligible paragraph or so.

    Yours was a mere slip.

  4. The spelling and crass disregard for the English language as a whole make any mere name change a pointless endeavour.

  5. Hi,
    ‘Shivnarine Chanderpaul, Lord Megachief of Gold’.!!!!

    Let us not forgot the fact that Chanderpaul’s 10 runs from 2 balls were largely due to the fact that Vaas bowled two bad deliveries..

    Also.. such a tight situation essentially happened because Chanderpaul was not able to accelerate when run rate was around 6/over.. which put extra pressure on other batsman who found themself, having to slog..

  6. Though the word ‘appeal’ for comment looks new, it sure hurts my ego.. since why should i appeal when my comment is enhancing the discussion that is going around..

    – Robin

    P.S: Just thought of sharing it.. May be.. I will get used to it once i start visiting this blog more often..

  7. But Robin, none of that matters to the Windies, because HE DID do it.

    If he had failed, then fine, bag him, but he won them that match.
    Bad bowling or not.

  8. Suave,
    Yeah.. Chandrapaul should be credited for ensuring a win from an improbable situtation(10 runs from 2 deliveries).. But i just disagree that
    “This was the perfect example of how great batsmen play the situation.”

  9. it certainly is worthwhile learning chamara kapugedara’s name, he has testes. it’s also worthwhile learning mahela udawatte’s name, the opener who was cleaned up for a duck on debut.

    luckily mendis is the name of some popular local booze so we won’t be forgetting that soon – till the next morning of course.

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