Shivnarine Chanderpaul resigns

Captain of the West Indies cricket team, Shivnarine Chanderpaul has resigned. In a statement, he said:
“…I would like to take this opportunity to tender my resignation as captain with immediate effect. This would give me an opportunity to focus on my batting and other areas of my cricket …where I would be able to make a more significant contribution to the team, by being more focused on my batting etc…”

As captain, I would think he had done an average job. His batting record is good, but win-loss is utterly disastrous. Well, he did have a team of some odd-balls!

Chanderpaul Records:
Tests- 14
Runs- 1038
Avg- 47.18 (better than career avg)
Best- 203* 100s/50s- 3/3

Wins- 1
Losses- 10
Draw- 3

Interestingly, he did play more away matches as captain (8 vs 6). On the whole, he was rather clerical as a captain. Not inspiring, and always understated. Most notably, on their current tour of NZ, when WI had the last Test in their grasp, he hardly led from the front and as a result the batting caved in meekly on the last 2 days.
On the field too, he was almost absent and one had to look hard to know that he was the captain. While the WICB has said that a replacement would be announced soon, I shudder to think who it would be. Lara? Doubtful, but not improbable. Sarwan? Hmm… that would be interesting. Perhaps it would help him as a player too, the extra responsibility, that is. Gayle? Why not? He can do a lot of thinking in the dressing room… he doesn’t bat too long and has all the time in the slips. His bowling sure has come along well!
These three apart, I really don’t see anyone who could lead the WI team ably till the World Cup. That would, one guesses, their target considering they are hosts.
More turmoil for the already beleagured, once-powerful cluster of islands…


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