Hooper, Chanderpaul add feathers in dreary draw

Published: Friday, May 17, 2002, 23:53 [IST]
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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.

5Walcott CLAus1954/5582782.71
4Headley GAEng1929/3070387.882
4Weekes EDInd1948/4977911.293
3Weekes EDInd1952/53716102.294
3Walcott CLEng1953/5469887.255
3Weekes EDNZ1955/5641883.66
3Hunte CCPak1957/5862277.257
3Sobers GSPak1957/58824137.338
3Sobers GSInd1958/5955792.839
3Sobers GSEng1959/60709101.2910
3Sobers GSEng1966722103.1411
3Sobers GSInd1970/7159792.8312
3Rowe LGEng1973/746168813
3Richards IVAInd1975/7655692.6714
3Greenidge CGEng197659265.7815
3Richards IVAEng1976829118.4316
3Lara BCEng19957658517
3Lara BCAus1998/995469118
3Lara BCSL2001/02688114.6719
3Hooper CLInd2001/02556111.220
3Chanderpaul SInd2001/02445222.521
 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.
4Sutcliffe HEng1924/25Aus1
3Hobbs JBEng1924/25Aus 
3Paynter EEng1938/39SA2
3Hammond WREng1938/39SA 
3Harvey RNAus1954/55WI3
3Miller KRAus1954/55WI 
3Hunte CCWI1957/58Pak4
3Sobers GSWI1957/58Pak 
4Walters KDAus1968/69WI5
3Lawry WMAus1968/69WI 
4Gavaskar SMInd1970/71WI6
3Sardesai DNInd1970/71WI 
3Redpath IRAus1975/76WI7
3Chappell GSAus1975/76WI 
3Greenidge CGWI1976Eng8
3Richards IVAWI1976Eng 
4Mudassar NazarPak1982/83Ind9
3Zaheer AbbasPak1982/83Ind 
3Hooper CLWI2001/02Ind10
3Chanderpaul SWI2001/02Ind 

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