West Indies openers Kraigg Brathwaite and Tagenarine Chanderpaul put on 336 runs for the first wicket in the on going Test match against Zimbabwe. It was West Indies’ highest partnership for the first wicket.
The stand surpassed the 298-run partnership shared by Gordon Greenidge and Desmond Haynes against England in 1990.
Tagenarine Chanderpaul made an unbeaten double century after setting a new West Indies record of 336 for the first wicket with Kraigg Brathwaite on Monday before the tourists declared at 447-6 in the first Test against Zimbabwe.
Chanderpaul made 207 not out from 467 deliveries in West Indies’ total of 447-6 declared in Bulawayo, scoring a maiden hundred in his fifth Test innings. Brathwaite clattered his way to 182 and looked odds-on to score the second double-century of his Test career when he was trapped by spinner Wellington Masakadza.
Accordingly, with Tagenarine Chanderpaul’s double century in this match, Shivanrine Chandrapul and Tagenarine Chanderpaul were able to join the company of the father and son duo who scored double centuries in Test cricket.
Shoaib Mohammad and his late father Hanif Mohammad have held this record for 32 years and Pakistan’s Shoaib Mohammad is pleased to welcome the father-son duo of Shivnareen Chandrapaul and Tagenareen Chandrapaul.
Speaking in a telephone conversation from Karachi, with ‘pakistan observer’, Shoaib Mohammad said,
“I am proud to have held this record for so many years. It was a pity that this had not been widely reported for so many years. More so, because this had happened twice. Both me and my father had scored double hundreds twice.”
“We are glad that this topic has now surfaced because of the Chandrapaul family and now people know that there was some other pair also having emulated this feat. My congratulations to both father and son having made this unique feat.”
“I think more than 25 father-son duo have played Test cricket for their respective countries. There are iconic names in the list but either father failed to score a double hundred or his son.”
“There have been instances of father-son duo who have scored centuries. “We are superior to them because we have scored double hundreds.”
“Sadly, my father is not around at this point of time as he passed away a few years ago. He is not there in the company of the four but I am sure he would also have been very happy to know some other pair is also in the company. My late father also believed that the records are always meant to be broken.”
“It is a good feeling and the Windies batters would also feel the same. This unique feat makes us proud, makes our family proud and makes our nation proud.” he said