West Indian left-hand batsman Shivnarine Chanderpaul became the tenth player in the history of Test cricket to reach 10,000 runs, passing the milestone during the fourth day of the third and final Test against Australia in Dominica.
He became the second West Indian after Brian Lara to achieve the feat and took 140 Tests to get there, achieving a lifelong dream in the process.
“It felt really, really good to reach this milestone and I am very, very excited,” he said.
“I have been batting well and spending a lot of time at the crease and to reach 10,000 Test runs is something special for me.
“It was one of the goals I set myself and I believe I have reaped for reward for the hard work I put in over the years. I have worked hard over the years and when I go to bat, I know I have a job to do for the team and the people of the West Indies.
“Test cricket is the ultimate form of the game and this is where you want to perform and give of your best. I will keep striving for more.
“I have received support from many people over the years and I want to thank everyone for their massive support and their belief in me. I just give thanks for all that I have achieved and the fact that I am still around, fit and strong and I can continue to contribute.
“When I started, I came into a team with many big names and I was able to learn from them and build on what they taught me. Now, part of my role in the team is to help the younger players to do well and try to improve their game and become better cricketers for the team.”
It has been an incredible journey for the unorthodox Guyanese, which began 18 years ago when he made his debut against England, making 62 in his first innings.
He has since scored 25 Test centuries and 57 more half-centuries, briefly captaining the West Indies and winning the ICC Player Of The Year award in 2008.
He was also named as the Cricket World Player in that year after scoring more than 800 Test runs and averaging over 100 against Australia and New Zealand.
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