By Akeem Greene
Opening batsman of the Golden Jaguars, Tagenarine Chanderpaul prior to the team’s departure for Antigua and Barbuda, expressed his pleasure in the work he has been putting in behind the scenes.
The young cricketer stated “I have just been practicing more, putting in some hard work and things have been going well, so hopefully they continue to go that way in the remaining two matches”.
Just at the age of 19, young Chanderpaul has demonstrated maturity when batting way above his age, and on some occasions he has even held the top order together.
Though he averages 25.23 from thirteen First-class matches, with just two half centuries, it’s his application this season that has been most commendable. From four matches, he has made 285 runs at an average of 35.62 with a top score of 81.
The left-handed batsman whose batting still mirrors that of his father Shivnarine, has been a rock at the top of the order owing to his ability to adapt to circumstances, which sees him having an appetite for long innings.
Most worthy of note is his knock of 65 against Barbados where the Jaguars, playing for a draw, saw Chanderpaul bat for close to five hours while facing 205 balls.
“As an opening batsman my job is to see off the new ball and try bat as long as possible into the innings and the game against Barbados it suit my kind of batting and it worked out for me”, he explained.
The prospect lies that this will be the first time, the father-son pair will bat together in a First Class-match and he welcomes the idea, since his father would give him helpful advice.
Quizzed about what goals he may be looking to achieve in the two remaining matches, he bluntly stated, “I’m just hoping I can get a big score in the remaining games”.
The former West Indies Under-19 player believes that the Jaguars are good as they look to retain the title WICB/Professional Cricket League (PCL) four-day title.