In T20 cricket, a 200-plus score is considered a daunting total. Even though the evolution of cricket has lead to higher individual scores. Explosive batsmen like Chris Gayle (175) and Aaron Finch (172) have come close to scoring a double century. Double centuries in ODI cricket are more common, but a feat like that in T20 cricket looked highly unlikely a few days ago.
On April 2, according to newsroom.gy, former Windies cricketer Shivnarine Chanderpaul smashed 210 runs in a local T20 tournament Adam Sanford Cricket4Life at Caribe Lumber Ballpark, St Maarten.
Chanderpaul opened alongside another Windies former cricketer Dwayne Smith against Mad Dogs (USA team). The 44-year-old batsman smashed 210 runs off just 76 balls, at a strike rate of 276.31. His innings had 25 fours and 13 sixes amounting to 176 runs through boundaries.
He also played 63 per cent of the deliveries in his team All Stars’ innings. Unfortunately, it was not a recognised T20 match and his double century will not be considered the first in T20 format.
Even though it has been over 3 years since he retired from international cricket, Chanderpaul continues to play both domestic and local cricket tournaments, including playing with his son Tagenarine Chanderpaul from the same team.