Shiv is the Main Man

Windies batting star ranked no.1

11 August 2008

WEST INDIES batting star Shivnarine Chanderpaul is now the number 1 batsman in the International Cricket Council Test match players rankings.

The 33-year-old left-hander has displaced Sri Lankan batsman Kumar Sangakkara as leading batsman in the latest rankings, which were release on recently.

Currently playing for English county Durham, Chanderpaul now has 890 points compared to Sangakkara’s 882 points. This is Chanderpaul’s first time at the top of the batting rankings after 112 Test matches, which have so far brought him 8001 runs at an average of 49.08.

He has made 19 centuries, with a best score of 203. ?In the West Indies last series against Australia, Chanderpaul was named Player-of-the-Series, making scored 442 runs from six innings, including two centuries and three half-centuries.

On the bowling front, West Indies pace man Jerome Taylor remains at number 12 and Corey Collymore at number 13 and are the two West Indians in the list of top 20 bowlers.

Exciting all-rounder Dwayne Bravo, who has just signed a contract with English county side Sussex, is ranked as the third best all-rounder, behind South Africa’s Jaques Kallis, and New Zealand’s Daniel Vettori.

Chanderpaul, Taylor and Bravo are all set to illuminate the Stanford Twenty20 tournament later this year.

All three can expect to be part of the Stanford Superstars team which takes on England in the lucrative £10m winner-takes-all confrontation in Antigua on November 1.

Source: Voice Online

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