Veteran West Indian batsman Shivnarine Chanderpaul failed to open his account in his only innings in the first match against New Zealand, however, he is determined to turn things around and score some runs in the second and final Test.
"It seems to be a habit. Lots of times while scoring runs, I am not into it. But I am hoping I can change that and hopefully get some runs in this match and hopefully everybody else performs also," said Chanderpaul who now trails South Africa’s Hashim Amla
by just six ratings points in the ICC Test rankings.
The Windies sealed an emphatic victory in the opening game at Antigua. Batting first, the Black Caps piled up 351 runs in the first innings. The West Indians performed wonderfully with the bat, as both openers, Chris Gayle and Keiran Powell, scored centuries.
Gayle scored 150 runs before losing his wicket, while his opening partner clattered 134 runs to steer the side to a dominating position. The middle-order batsmen also did a fine job, and Chanderpaul was the only unsuccessful fellow.
The 37-year-old described that his team’s confidence’s is at a high after a comprehensive victory in the first game. Yet, he admitted that the guys need to give their best in order to do an equally good work in the second game.
"It is a new game. I know we have some confidence coming from the last game but still we have to assess again. We have to go out and play well and once we do that we can come out on top again," he told reporters at a news conference in Kingston.
"We have been playing some top teams around the world and we have been taking Test matches into the last day and it is something we have not done a lot in the past and now we have been doing more of it and one day we would be able to turn the corners," he
The experienced batsman has played in 143 Tests, scoring over 1000 runs at an average of 50.19 seconds. He has also 8778 ODI runs to his credit.