Recognising a champion: Tribute to Shiv Chanderpaul

first_imgDear Editor,Guyanese cricket legend Shivnarine Chanderpaul, a former captain of the West Indies team, will be awarded the Honorary Doctor of Laws later this year by my alma mater, the University of the West Indies (UWI). It is a deserving appreciation for an unsung hero, who was denied the chance to become the leading test scorer in West Indies cricket, and “forced to retire.”His career was unceremoniously derailed by Dave Cameron and the WICB’s whimsical and spiteful actions. The left-handed batsman scored 11,867 runs at an average of 51, with 30 centuries in an illustrious career of 164 Tests, to end at the second place in the list of all-time West Indies run-scorers, 86 runs short of legendary Brian Lara with 11,953 runs.After all, this is the man who personified longevity and tenacity, surviving while 519 Test batsmen perished at the other end, and sharing a record 771 different partnerships in Tests, worthy world records that speak volumes about his durability and dependability.Rahul Dravid, the Indian “Wall”, is next, but quite some distance behind at 453 Test dismissals at the other wicket, and 738 partnerships. Yet, Chanderpaul has rarely been given deserving accolades, like Dravid and Tendulkar. “That guy with the most Test matches for the West Indies, playing for over 20 years, I don’t think people in the West Indies understand exactly his contribution,” the great Brian Lara acknowledges, reminding us that Shiv was instrumental in his many batting feats, and felt his compatriot deserved to go past his record for the most Test runs by a West Indian.Many cricket pundits have told me that if their lives depended on the professional application and dedication of a batsman to combat, survive the best bowling, and keep his wicket intact, they would choose Shiv Chanderpaul, and then Dravid. Indeed, Shiv famously faced 1,051 deliveries against India in 2002 without being dismissed, batting for 1,513 minutes. He was the consummate professional, blessed with the heart of a lion.Brett Lee knocked him out cold when he “could not feel anything, and could not stand or move any limb,” with a fast, vicious bouncer; yet Chanderpaul refused the stretcher, and was up and running in a few minutes, and even went on to score a brave century.Such was his dedication to his craft that he is the only international batsman I know who used dark stickers below his eyes, as anti-glare patches used to reduce light entering the peripheral area of the eyes, so that he could bat and field without being affected by the sun’s glare. Such attention to minute detail in his improvement and comfort as a cricketer defines the man appropriately called “Tiger.”Shiv has been the rock and anchor of the West Indies since 1994, an unlikely yet worthy Atlas, and has been one of the Caribbean’s most accomplished yet unsung heroes. Chanderpaul’s first Test century came in his 19th match, a testimony to his application and determination, after scoring as many as 15 half centuries in the previous 18 matches. He spent most of the initial phase of his career under the shadows of the legendary Lara, and became a lone warrior after Lara and Sarwan had retired.With a humble background from Unity, a small fishing village in Guyana, Shiv became the people’s star of David and Goliath vintage, whose struggles and ultimate successes reflected their daily struggles to overcome the odds, the proverbial underdog defeating social and economic barriers that suppressed them.His batting stance has been described as being ‘crab-like’ and ugly to watch, but those who tolerate this degrading and unfair assessment palpably fail to appreciate that he honed his technique to make the very best of what God gave him, and made up for deficits overwhelmingly in other areas. It is this single-minded dedication and adaptability that made him the champion and master he is today.Shiv did not have the genius of Rohan Kanhai or Sir Gary Sobers; the power of Sir Viv Richards, Gordon Greenidge or Clive Lloyd; the dominance of Roy Fredericks; the technique of Alvin Kallicharran; or the finesse of Carl Hooper, Lawrence Rowe or Ramnaresh Sarwan, but the statistical achievements he accumulated that determines how a batsman is measured — runs, centuries, averages — surpassed theirs. This is not to say he was better in the wider context by which batsmen are assessed, but it ensures that one cannot deny his status among the greats of the game.Those who are critical of his doggedness fail to appreciate that he was often the lone warrior in many lost causes at a time when West Indian cricket sank to unfathomable depths; and responsibility forced him to eschew glamour and style for dependability, audacity for attrition. Like all the great players, the breadth and depth of his achievements provide sound rebuttals, considering that Chanderpaul has the record for the 4th fastest Test century, off just 67 balls against the worthy visiting Australians in 2002. In 2008, he hit a four and a six against the bowling of Chaminda Vaas, with 10 needed off two balls to win a One-Day International (ODI) against Sri Lanka.He also created history with Sarwan when they combined to help West Indies chase down a 418-run target at Antigua in 2003 against Australia, scoring 105 and 104 runs each. He was named the captain of the team to face the visiting South Africans in 2005, and celebrated it by becoming only the second player to make a double-century on debut as a Test captain, scoring an unbeaten 200 in Guyana.Another absolutely stunning record Chanderpaul holds is that of being stumped for the first time after having batted in 266 innings, and he has batted with as many as 82 different Test partners.When I interviewed him about the reason for his longevity and success, he told me, “I have an immense skill and unique gift – concentration, a divine gift bestowed by Lord Shiva.”Ian Bishop, now an international cricket commentator, said it best in tribute to Chanderpaul, 2008 Wisden Cricketer of the Year, “I played several Test series with him (Shiv), and have seen more esteemed team-mates shrink in the face of the fastest bowling, but never Chanderpaul…That no other West Indian managed a score of more than 60 in the Tests speaks of the yawning gap between his skill, commitment and experience – and theirs.”Yours respectfully,Albert Baldeolast_img read more

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Rehabilitation works on WCD road completed

first_imgAlmost eight weeks after the West Coast Demerara (WCD) access road was discovered to be deteriorating mere months after its official commissioning, the two contractors responsible for the works have completed rehabilitation works.Residents in the Vreed-en-Hoop area, where construction, was ongoing explained that the works were officially completed on Saturday by BK International and Surrey Paving and Aggregate Company Limited.Coordinator/Chief of Works attached to the Public Infrastructure Ministry, Geoffrey Vaughn noted that the Ministry would be looking closely at quality control to ensure that the road met the required standard.Asked if he is concerned about the quality of work done by the contractors,The rehabilitated section of the Vreed-en-Hoop roadVaughn said he was quite satisfied as residents hardly complained of the road not being up to standard. He added that the Ministry will, however, continue to monitor the West Coast roads, and will check with residents to ensure no other section is deteriorating.Guyana Times reported early last month that the companies began drilling holes to surround the sunken area while conducting tests to find out what was the cause.Residents started worrying as the road works began with hardly any reflectors being used in the construction area.In fact, the Police in D Division (West Demerara-East Bank Essequibo) even confirmed the death of a pedestrian in the area.Guyana Times was told that the pedestrian, Rafeek Khan, 46, also known as “Buck Man”, of Plantain Walk, West Bank Demerara succumbed to his injuries on November 15, after he was struck by a motor car while attempting to cross the road from south to north.This newspaper understands that that section of the road began deteriorating as a result of faulty foundation works previously conducted on the newly-commissioned road.A senior Ministry official had made it clear that the contractors were standing the expenses to conduct repairs to the road, under the defect liability clause in the contract.He explained during a telephone interview that the contract has a defect liability period, which means any defects, which develop – in this case over a year’s time – would have to be repaired by the contractors and not the Ministry.The project, which was undertaken to the tune of some $9.7 billion, was only completed this year.last_img read more

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Ja’Quan Gardner, Alex Cappa add another two All-American honors to their names

first_imgArcata >> Over the last four seasons, Ja’Quan Gardner and Alex Cappa have celebrated a lot of touchdowns together.On Wednesday, they earned a pair of All-American honors together.Both Cappa and Gardner, two of the best players to ever come through the Humboldt State football program, earned spots on the Division II Conference Commissioners Association (D2CCA) All-American Football Team as first-team selections. They also were selected as Associated Press Division II All-American, with Cappa …last_img read more

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James delivers in clutch as Cavs shoot down Nuggets

first_imgCavaliers: Green was back on the floor after missing two games with lower back soreness. He finished with 10 points. … F Rodney Hood added 15 points.Nuggets: Denver native and longtime NBA standout Chauncey Billups was part of the ESPN broadcast team. … G Gary Harris had 18 points. … Denver had 10 3-pointers. The team hit 19 against the Cavs over the weekend.FULL-COURT PRESS FOR FOOTBALLPittsburgh Steelers receiver JuJu Smith-Schuster is trying to court James to the football field. On his Twitter account, Smith-Schuster posted a picture of James in a No. 23 uniform for the Steelers.“I’m fine with my sport. Pretty funny, though,” James said. “I like tank tops and shorts. I’ve tried the shoulder pads and it was fun while it lasted. But I’m a tank top and shorts guy.”POSITIVE FEEDBACKLove was astonished by all the positive feedback he received after opening up about his struggles with mental health issues. Love addressed the subject in a story for The Players’ Tribune. He’s already received more than 4,000 messages.“So many people reaching out,” said Love, who’s sidelined by a broken hand.UP NEXTCavaliers: Game No. 2 on their trip is Friday in Los Angeles against the Clippers.Nuggets: Host the Los Angeles Lakers on Friday. Google honors food scientist, banana ketchup inventor and war hero Maria Orosa Read Next John Lloyd Cruz a dashing guest at Vhong Navarro’s wedding Pussycat Dolls set for reunion tour after 10-year hiatus Families in US enclave in north Mexico hold sad Thanksgiving It was that kind of night for James. He made a deep 3-pointer with 1:11 remaining, thumping himself in the chest in exuberance as he skipped down the court.James wound up two rebounds shy of a triple-double as the Cavs began a six-game trip in fine fashion.FEATURED STORIESSPORTSWATCH: Drones light up sky in final leg of SEA Games torch runSPORTSLillard, Anthony lead Blazers over ThunderSPORTSMalditas save PH from shutoutNikola Jokic had 36 points and 13 rebounds for the Nuggets, who lost for the second straight night. They dropped a costly game at Dallas on Tuesday as they try to cling to a playoff spot.Larry Nance Jr. once again was in the starting lineup with big men Kevin Love and Tristan Thompson sidelined by with injuries. Nance scored 13 points and grabbed 13 boards. LATEST STORIES MOST READ Cleveland Cavaliers forward LeBron James reacts after a basket against the Denver Nuggets during the second half of an NBA basketball game Wednesday, March 7, 2018, in Denver. The Cavaliers won 113-108. (AP Photo/David Zalubowski)DENVER — LeBron James scored 39 points, including nine down the stretch, and dished out 10 assists as the Cleveland Cavaliers beat the Denver Nuggets 113-108 on Wednesday night after squandering a 16-point lead.James made one off-balanced shot after another in the waning minutes to turn back the Nuggets, who didn’t take their first lead of the game until 8:35 remaining on a driving layup by Mason Plumlee. Jeff Green gave Cleveland the lead for good with a 3-pointer on a play set up by James after he tapped a loose ball out to him.ADVERTISEMENT LOOK: Iya Villania meets ‘Jumanji: The Next Level’ cast in Mexico Raptors clinch playoff spot with OT win View comments Brace for potentially devastating typhoon approaching PH – NDRRMC Police teams find crossbows, bows in HK university PLAY LIST 01:29Police teams find crossbows, bows in HK university01:35Panelo suggests discounted SEA Games tickets for students02:49Robredo: True leaders perform well despite having ‘uninspiring’ boss02:42PH underwater hockey team aims to make waves in SEA Games01:44Philippines marks anniversary of massacre with calls for justice01:19Fire erupts in Barangay Tatalon in Quezon City The Nuggets committed 21 turnovers.James was fueled in part by a 126-117 home loss to Denver last Saturday. He said in the morning shootaround: “You always want to try to give some giveback. That’s the competitive nature.”The Paul Millsap and Jokic combination remains a work in progress, but they’re starting to get on the same page. Millsap missed 44 games following surgery on his left wrist.Coach Michael Malone’s stressed to Jokic he needed be more assertive. He was, too, connecting on 12 of 14 shots.“He’s our best player and we need him to step up in these last 18 games,” Malone said.TIP-INSADVERTISEMENT Typhoon ‘Tisoy’ threatens Games Don’t miss out on the latest news and information. Typhoon Kammuri accelerates, gains strength en route to PHlast_img read more

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Another rookie, another big game

first_imgView comments PH underwater hockey team aims to make waves in SEA Games PLAY LIST 02:42PH underwater hockey team aims to make waves in SEA Games01:44Philippines marks anniversary of massacre with calls for justice01:19Fire erupts in Barangay Tatalon in Quezon City01:07Trump talks impeachment while meeting NCAA athletes02:49World-class track facilities installed at NCC for SEA Games02:11Trump awards medals to Jon Voight, Alison Krauss “I’m very happy we were able to bounce back in this game after suffering a very painful loss to Phoenix,” said Meralco coach Norman Black.“A lot of guys I felt really stepped up and helped us tonight led by Trevis, who made a lot of good outside shots for us and helped us open up [Blackwater’s] defense,” he added.Jackson, who played Division I basketball in the US NCAA, knocked in the triple that gave the Bolts the lead for good, 81-78, 5:18 left in the match.Cliff Hodge and Nico Salva then kept Meralco in front to preserve the early efforts of Mike Tolomia and Ranidel de Ocampo.Meralco got huge production from its bench, which outscored Blackwater’s reserves, 47-27, with six Bolts providing double-digit production.ADVERTISEMENT Don’t miss out on the latest news and information. Victolero ends Austria reign as Press corps’ top coach “That’s what we really envisioned going into this year when I drafted Trevis,” said Black. “I thought with him along with Baser (Amer) and Chris (Newsome), we’d spread the wealth and move the basketball around to get good shots and run a little bit, which we haven’t done in the past. “Blackwater managed to dump Meralco in a 12-point hole in the first half, but could not sustain that performance and dropped s second straight game.In the nightcap, Matthew Wright fired 23 points and had a key tip-in as Phoenix outlasted TNT in overtime, 93-84.Wright’s rescue of a missed Calvin Abueva drive helped the Fuel Masters zoom to the early lead with a 2-0 record while dropping the KaTropa to 0-2.Sports Related Videospowered by AdSparcRead Next LOOK: Joyce Pring goes public with engagement to Juancho Triviño Is Luis Manzano planning to propose to Jessy Mendiola? MOST READ Private companies step in to help SEA Games hostingcenter_img Photo by Tristan Tamayo/INQUIRER.netANTIPOLO CITY—Trevis Jackson hardly needed to look for motivation as his Meralco Bolts took the floor against the Blackwater Elite Saturday at Ynares Center here.His fellow rookies, Robert Bolick of NorthPort and CJ Perez of Columbian, provided that for him when they came up with 26 points each in their debuts—both victories.ADVERTISEMENT “Those are awesome guys,” Jackson said. “I watched their games and I was excited. I feel like that excitement transferred over to me [and] I just told myself, ‘you gotta do it, you gotta give people something.’”He did just that.FEATURED STORIESSPORTSPrivate companies step in to help SEA Games hostingSPORTSUrgent reply from Philippine ‍football chiefSPORTSWin or don’t eat: the Philippines’ poverty-driven, world-beating pool starsJackson came off the bench to provide a much-needed boost for Meralco in a 99-94 victory over Blackwater that allowed the Bolts to even their record after an opening-day loss to Phoenix.The surprise fifth pick of the PBA Draft, Jackson scattered 19 points and a pair of assists to lead the Bolts. SEA Games: Biñan football stadium stands out in preparedness, completion SEA Games hosting troubles anger Duterte TS Kammuri to enter PAR possibly a day after SEA Games opening LOOK: Joyce Pring goes public with engagement to Juancho Triviño SEA Games: Biñan football stadium stands out in preparedness, completion LATEST STORIESlast_img read more

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