Cricket has always been a game which has always had a lot of tradition involved in it. And with tradition, there have been a fair share of orthodox playing techniques which are still successful and adopted by a majority of players. But then what is any sport without a hint of variety? This variety in the different playing styles is what makes each and every sport more watchable. We bring you a list of 5 batsmen who have been very successful despite their unorthodox techniques.
- Shivnarine Chanderpaul
Talk about the unorthodox batsmen and it’s impossible to not mention Shivnarine Chanderpaul, the former West Indian captain and middle order batsman. One of the greatest West Indian batsman of all time, perhaps behind only Brian Lara and Viv Richards, he was the lynchpin of the West Indian batting order after Brian Lara retired. What made him unorthodox was his unique stance wherein he would stand with his shoulders squared and facing the square leg umpire. The stance has often been described as ugly or “crabby” like the crabs found on beaches by commentators all over the world. However, if anything, it is Chanderpaul’s temperament that is crab-like. Once he gets his eye in, it’s impossible to dismiss him. Cricket experts argue that such a wide stance would leave him impervious to the late movement of the ball. They forget that he has been coached by the West Indian great Rohan Kanhai, a batsman so great that Sunil Gavaskar named his son after him. Additionally, the pronounced shuffle he makes once the ball has been released to get into the conventional batsman’s position should have opened him up to LBWs and being bowled around the legs. Instead for 20 years, Chanderpaul manage to confound his critics with his impressive record of over 20,000 runs in tests and ODIs. The longevity of his career and his effectiveness have been proven time and again, from the spin-friendly tracks in the Indian subcontinent to the fast bowlers’ paradise in England and Australia to opening the innings or coming at 7 down in the batting order.