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Test #1836 Records : Chanderpaul is lone man standing among the falling West Indians
by Vijay Jeedigunta
Jun 26, 2007
Test #1836 West Indies in England 2007 (4th Test) at Riverside Ground, Chester-le-Street

Test #1836 West Indies in England 2007 (4th Test) at Riverside Ground, Chester-le-Street

The latest test series between West Indies and England resulted in the same manner as did the every series in the new millennium. After winning the first test of the new millennium played at Edgbaston from June 15th to 17 th inside three days by a huge margin of an innings and 93 runs, they are yet to register a test victory against England. West Indies went on to surrender The John Wisden Trophy in 2000 series by losing three of the next four tests with the rain ruined third test played at Old Trafford ending in a draw. Thus they ended their supremacy of last 27 years of 20th century during which they never lost a test series to England.

Odds were never in their favor to regain the John Wisden Trophy even before they started the 2007 series. Yes, not even before Brian Lara announced his retirement from the international Cricket immediately after the World Cup debacle. However they did put up a good show in the first test at Lord’s though weather ruined the proceedings and helped West Indies in escaping the test match with a draw. If Chanderpaul’s absence in the 2nd test was itself a major blow for the West Indies, they took another crushing blow when their captain Ramnaresh Sarwan suffered a series ending injury in the second test before even taking a batting stance. There after things went from bad to worse with Chris Gayle not being able to take off at all and their stop-gap skipper Daren Ganga having a horrible existence at the crease since taking over the captaincy with scores of 5 & 9, 5 & 0 , 0 & 6. The Brilliance of Bravo and Resilience of Chanderpaul could not stop West Indies from losing last three tests even though it looked as if West Indies might avoid a defeat while Chanderpaul and Bravo were batting in last two tests. So England extends their streak of not losing a test match to West Indies to sixteen and West Indies requires a tremendous amount of reversal in their cricketing fortunes even to dream of regaining the John Wisden trophy when they host England in 2009.

Following are some of the statistical highlights of the fourth test of the 2007 series:

Though England dominated the test series from every imaginable angle, one batsman they could not corner was Shivnarine Chanderpaul. Chanderpaul topped the batting averages for both sides but ended up on the losing side as he did in 2004 notching up plethora of test records in the process. He batted for more than 1000 minutes without getting dismissed while making 116* in the 2nd innings of the 3rd test at Old Trafford and 136* & 70 in the 4th test at Chester-le-Street. This is the third time he recorded this feat in his test career. Only five other batsmen achieved this record in test history and none of them had done it more than once.

Player

Vs

Venue

Series

Inns

Score

C.Runs

Mts

T.Mts

B/F

T. B/F

TEST#

Shoaib Mohammad

NZ

Karachi

1990/91

1st

*203

203

656

656

411

411

1151

NZ

Lahore

1990/91

1st

105

308

351

1007

223

634

1152

Nasser Hussain

SA

Port Elizabeth

1999/00

2nd

*70

70

303

303

211

211

1475

SA

Durban

1999/00

1st

*146

216

635

938

463

674

1480

SA

Cape Town

1999/00

1st

15

231

85

1023

70

744

1482

Rahul Dravid

BD

Dhaka

2000/01

2nd

*41

41

50

50

49

49

1512

Zim

New Delhi

2000/01

1st

*200

241

551

601

350

399

1515

2nd

*70

311

152

753

91

490

Zim

Nagpur

2000/01

1st

162

473

408

1161

301

791

1517

Jacques Kallis

Zim

Harare

2001/02

1st

*157

157

381

381

272

272

1562

2nd

*42

199

65

446

54

326

Zim

Bulawayo

2001/02

1st

*189

388

581

1027

443

769

1563

Ind

Bloemfontein

2001/02

1st

68

456

219

1246

138

907

1564

Shivnarine ChanderPaul

Ind

Port of Spain

2001/02

2nd

*67

67

260

260

162

162

1599

Ind

Bridgetown

2001/02

1st

*101

168

365

625

231

393

1601

Ind

St. John's

2001/02

1st

*136

304

675

1300

510

903

1602

Ind

Kingston

2001/02

1st

58

362

213

1513

148

1051

1604

Sachin Tendulkar

Aus

Sydney

2003/04

1st

*241

241

613

613

436

436

1680

2nd

*60

301

108

721

89

525

Pak

Multan

2003/04

1st

*194

495

493

1214

348

873

1693

Pak

Lahore

2003/04

1st

2

497

10

1224

6

879

1695

Shivnarine ChanderPaul

BD

Kingston

2003/04

1st

*101

101

271

271

190

190

1703

Eng

Lord's

2004

1st

*128

229

383

654

270

460

1707

2nd

*97

306

231

885

152

612

Eng

Edgbaston

2004

1st

45

351

146

1031

86

698

1708

Shivnarine ChanderPaul

Eng

Old Trafford

2007

2nd

*116

116

413

413

257

257

1835

Eng

Chester-le-Street

2007

1st

*136

252

406

819

257

514

1836

2nd

70

322

255

1074

163

677

Just for the record : Hanif Mohammad of Pakistan holds the record for batting for longest period in a single test match with his marathon knock of 337 in 970 minutes against West Indies at Bridgetown in 1957/58 whereas Aussie Opener Mark Taylor with 334* (720 mts) & 92 (218 mts) against Pakistan at Peshawar 1998/99 is close second with 938 mts of batting before getting dismissed. However Stephen Fleming of New Zealand holds the record for batting longest period of 956 minutes without getting dismissed in a single test with the scores of 274* (653) & 69* (303) against Sri Lanka at Colombo (PSS) in 2003. Fleming however was dismissed for a duck in the next match after batting for just 5 mts thus missing the 1000 mts mark.

Chanderpaul’s latest 1000+ minutes batting between dismissals also makes him the owner of another interesting record. For the second time in his career he now has witnessed 20 or more wickets falling consecutively at the other end while he himself remained not out. In the third test at Old Trafford he came into bat at 88 for 3 and remained unbeaten at the close of West Indian innings, thus seeing seven of his teammates losing their wickets. In the fourth test at Chester-le-Street , Chanderpaul came into bat at 34 for 3 and remained not out again for 136 witnessing seven more wickets falling at the other end. In the second innings of the same test he stepped in at 38 for 3 and saw six wickets falling at the other end before becoming the last batsman out in the innings for 70. However his unbeaten tenure at the crease which made him saw 20 of his side’s dismissals is still one dismissal short of his record 21 dismissals he witnessed during his record 1513 minutes of unbeaten batting against India in 2001-02 as he saw 6 wickets falling during his 2nd innings knock of 67* at Port of Spain, 6 wickets during 101* at Bridgetown, 6 wickets during 136* at St. John’s and 3 wickets during his 1st innings knock of 58 at Kingston. No other batsmen in the history of test cricket batted with such patience and perseverance to endure so many wickets falling at the opposite end. The closest to Chanderpaul’s record is 18 dismissals shared by Jacques Rudolph of South Africa and Kumara Sangakkara of Sri Lanka. Rudolph made 154* at Auckalnd and 93* & 0 at Wellington in 2003-04 series against New Zealand whereas Sangakkara made 100* at Christchurch and 156* & 8 at Wellington against the same opposition in 2006-07. They both came at the fall of first wicket in their unbeaten innings.

When West Indian skipper Daren Ganga was out lbw to the first ball of the test match bowled by Ryan Sidebottom, he not only became the 26th player to be dismissed by the first ball of a Test Match but also just the third captain to have suffered the ignominy. At Headingley in 1926, acting as a stop-gap captain in the absence of the appointed captain Herbie Collins just like Darren Ganga, Warren Bardsley of Australia became the first captain to have suffered the fate of getting out to the first ball of a test match.. Seventy three years later Sri Lankan skipper Sanath Jayasuriya fell to the first ball of the match, bowled by Australia's Glenn McGrath at Galle in 1999-00. For the entire list of batsmen who were out to the first legitimate delivery of a test match refer to the table in my posting on Test #1832 which saw India’s opener Wasim Jaffer shouldering his arms to an incoming delivery from Bangladesh’s Mashrafe Mortaza to lose his stumps to the first ball of a test match and provide 25th such instance.

For the Trivia buffs : When AC MacLaren of Australia was out to the first ball of the Melbourne test in 1894/95 of the bowling of Arthur Conningham, he provided first such instance. It was also Arthur Conningham’s first delivery in his test career . Mohsin Khan’s dismissal with the first ball of 1983/84 test at Jalandhar by Kapil Dev and Sunil Gavaskar’s first ball dismissal by Imran Khan at Jaipur provides the only two instances in test cricket a wicket falling to the first ever ball bowled at a particular venue.. Sunil Gavaskar of India and Hannan Sarkar of Bangladesh are the only batsmen to have suffered fate of losing their wicket to the first ball of a test match on three separate occasions whereas Geoff Arnold of England (2), Richard Hadlee of New Zealand (2) , Kapil Dev of India (2) and Pedro Collins of West Indies (3) are the only bowlers to have taken a wicket with the first delivery bowled in a test match on more than one occasion. Hannan Sarkar also holds the record for getting out to the first delivery of a test match in three consecutive tests, which as of today are his last three matches of his test career. Keith Stackpole of Australia in 1973/74 at Auckland against New Zealand and Wasim Jaffer against Bangladesh at Chittagong followed up their first ball dismissal of a test match with another duck in their second innings. SJ Cook of South Africa and LV Garrick of New Zealand were out to the first ball of a test match while making their test debut. Except Zimbabwe batsmen of all test playing nations have at least one batsmen or bowler involved in a first ball dismissal in a test match.

During his first innings knock of 136* Chanderpaul crossed the ’s 7000 test runs milestone and became the 7th West Indian and 30th test cricketer to have done so. Following is the list of all players with 7000 or more test runs.

Finally England’s Andrew Strauss stuck some batting form and made a fine 77 in the first innings. In the second innings he completed 3000 runs in Test Cricket and became the 143 cricketer to do so and 34th from England.

Final Statistical Tidbit: Matt Prior’s 324 runs from 6 innings he came into bat in this series is the new record for a wicket keeper’s debut test series eclipsing the previous best of 264 by Adam Gilchrist in his maiden test series against Pakistan in 1999/00.

 
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