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Guyanese Tagenarine Chanderpaul became the first West Indies opener other than fellow Barbadian opener and Captain Kraigg Brathwaite to score a hundred since Chris Gayle struck 101 against Zimbabwe eight years ago at Windsor Park in Dominica.
It was also the first time since Gayle scored 150 and fellow left-hander Kieron Powell made 134 against New Zealand nine years ago at the Sir Vivian Richards Stadium in Antigua that both West Indies openers have scored a century in the same Test innings and also the last time an opening pair for the Caribbean side had shared a double-hundred stand. Together, Brathwaite and Chanderpaul also set a West Indies record for the highest stand of any wicket against the Zimbabweans.
Reacting to his maiden century in Test Cricket, Chanderpaul said-
“This is the best feeling in the world, scoring a century in Test cricket. I was just trying out there to get a start again and bat as long and as deep as possible… The pitch is like some in the Caribbean, and I am feeling happy, excited, overjoyed, all the feelings that you could imagine.”
He later went on to score another century
Tagenarine is the son of West Indies legend Shivnarine Chanderpaul