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Chanderpaul explains 'crab-like' stance

Published:Monday | February 26, 2018 | 12:00 AM
Shivnarine Chanderpaul


Shivnarine Chanderpaul is regarded as one of the best batsmen of his time. However, apart from his success with the West Indies over the years, Chanderpaul is known as well for his unorthodox batting stance, described as 'crab-like'. This stance sees him stand face-on with the bowler, something that many coaches would tell schoolboys not to do when facing a ball.

The left-handed batsman from Guyana told The Gleaner that as a young cricketer, he used the usual side-on stance, but it posed him many problems, and this is why he decided to make the change.

"I used to fall over a lot, so because of balance, I try to be in a more stable position, a better position to play the ball without falling over," he said. "It's something I developed over the years. It helped me, and it works, so I keep working with it.

With this stance, the 43-year-old has gone on to total 11,867 runs for the Windies in Test matches, 8,778 in One-Day Internationals (ODIs), and 343 in Twenty20s.


Chanderpaul fact file


- Only Indo-Caribbean cricketer to play 100 Tests

- Nicknamed 'Tiger' by former Windies great Rohan Kanhai, who once coached him.

- Highest Test score, 203 not out (twice) against South Africa in Georgetown, Guyana, in 2005 and Bangladesh in Dhaka, 2012.

- Holds record for most unbeaten centuries (18) in Test cricket.

- Captained the Windies for 14 Tests and 16 ODIs between 2005 and 2006.