Shiv a Test cricket standout
THE EDITOR, Sir:
Another of the stalwarts and great champions of the Test match era has called time on his great career that spanned over two decades. To true connoisseurs of Test cricket, Shivnarine Chanderpaul's retirement marks the end of a golden era. Shall we see the likes of him ever again? No. They simply don't make Test match champions of Shiv's ilk these days!
What were my lasting memories of Shiv, the lad from Unity village, Guyana? Those etched indelibly are the infinite battles he fought so valorously, many a time in the company of Brian Lara, or with only the tail-enders, or the late middle order.
His 118 against old foe Australia in Kingston in 2008 stands out like a beacon for the sheer never-say-die spirit of the man, his immense courage to soldier on after being dealt a sickening blow to his head by Brett Lee. And, who can forget his 104 - again versus Australia - in St John's, Antigua, when he crafted a brilliant, back-to-the-wall 104, and, along with Ramnaresh Sarwan, won the day for his team?
Here's wishing Shiv a long and happy life post-retirement. You have given us fans enough cricketing memories to last a lifetime. So long, Shiv!
PVS SUDHAKAR RAO