Someone’s challenged Shiv to a crease occupation contest

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Shiv celebrates a particularly well-judged leave outside the off stumpAshwell Prince’s 262-ball 78 not out effectively said to Shivnarine Chanderpaul: “You think you can bat time? Come on. Let’s see what you’re made of.”

Why would you do that? Shiv has now found himself in a situation where the West Indies are deep into their second innings, only a handful of runs ahead, with bags of time left. If someone could stay with him, he could bat for two whole days and get 61 not out. It would be a thing of rare beauty.

Sadly, Shiv’s best hope was Dwayne Bravo who’s already out. Bravo batted alongside Shiv in the last Test and scored a stunningly grindsome 215-ball 53 – an innings that somewhat ludicrously featured a six at one point. Never one to be outdone, Shiv weighed anchor upon reaching 150 in that match and crawled to 166 off a further 95 balls, as pointed out by Andy Zaltzman in his Confectionery Stall blog for Cricinfo.

Next week, Luke Wright dares Shahid Afridi to renounce shot selection completely.


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  1. This is just an alert that a footie fan is asking technical questions on the footie blog much lower down the page. This is a good time to go grab him.

  2. When is Rahul Dravid playing again?
    Someone needs to show these guys who is the boss..

  3. Dravid says he’s looking forward to some match practice in Sri Lanka before the Test series, so he sounds like he’s gearing up for some crease occupation.

  4. One name to strike fear in the heart of any 20/20 enthusiast.

    Peter Such. 0 off 51 balls. They don’t make that quality anymore.

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