Hooper, Chanderpaul add feathers in dreary draw
Published: Friday, May 17, 2002, 23:53 [IST]
In the 4th Test between India and West Indies at St John's, Antigua, which ended in a dreary draw on May 14, Carl Hooper and Shivnarine Chanderpaul became the 10th and 11th players for West Indies to score three or more centuries in a series.
Both made identical scores of 136, but Chanderpaul remained unbeaten. The two players had earlier scored two hundreds each in the series - Hooper had hit 233 at Georgetown and 115 at Bridgetown while Chanderpaul had recorded scores of 140 at Georgetown and 101* at Bridgetown. This provided in all 24th and 25th instance of a player scoring 3 or more centuries in a series for West Indies. Clyde Walcott leads the list with 5 centuries in a series against Australia in 1954/55; in fact this is a world record for most centuries by any batsman in a Test series - a record, which eluded even Sir Donald Bradman. George Headley, who was nicknamed Black Bradman and Everton Weekes come next with four centuries each in a Test series. Sir Gary Sobers - the greatest all-rounder the world has ever seen, has also a record scoring 3 centuries in a series on five different occasions. The following is the complete list of West Indians who have scored 3 or more centuries in a series.
| ||SRA indicates Series Run Aggregate|| || || || || Three or more tons in a series by TWO PLAYERS of the same side. The instance of C L Hooper and S Chanderpaul - both scoring 3 centuries in a series, is the 10th such instance in the history of 1,602 Tests wherein two players of the same side have hit 3 or more centuries in a series. For West Indies this is the third such occasion - the earlier feats being in 1957/58 against Pakistan when Garfield Sobers and Conrad Hunte recorded 3 tons each and in 1976 when Gordon Greenidge and Vivian Richards both scored 3 centuries each in the series against England. For India this is the second time where an opponent team has performed such a feat against them - the last occasion was in 1982/83 when Mudassar Nazar and Zaheer Abbas of Pakistan had accomplished the feat. Mudassar Nazar had scored four hundreds and Zaheer Abbas three hundreds in that series. Following are the instances in which two batsmen of the same side have recorded 3 or more centuries in the series. |