DUBAI, United Arab Emirates (CMC) — Reliable West Indies batsman Shivnarine Chanderpaul has lost his position as the number two Test batsman in the world, according to the latest ICC Test rankings released yesterday.
Chanderpaul, who slipped two places down the table to number four, was unseated by all-rounder Jacques Kallis whose unbeaten century helped South Africa crush England in the first Test at The Oval Tuesday.
However, the 37-year-old former West Indies captain, who now trails South Africa's Hashim Amla by just six ratings points, says he has never been motivated by rankings.
"It is never my aim to try to go into any game and try to pass anybody or try to get up to number one or top 10 or whatever," Chanderpaul said in an interview with the CMC ahead of the first Test between West Indies and New Zealand.
"But if you are there you know you have done well," he added.
Sri Lanka's Kumar Sangakarra remains the top-ranked batsman, while South Africa's Dale Steyn's seven-wicket haul in the England Test confirmed his ranking as the top bowler.
The latest ICC Test Rankings were computed following the first Test between England and South Africa, which ended Tuesday and ahead of the first Test between West Indies and New Zealand now underway in Antigua.
Chanderpaul held the ICC number one ranking in 2008, 2009 and earlier this year after the series against Australia.
The veteran left-hander is part of a strong West Indies batting line-up that includes Chris Gayle and Marlon Samuels now chasing their first series win against New Zealand in over a decade.
"I think it's the love for the game," said Chanderpaul, in response to questions over his level of motivation for the sport at the twilight of his long and glittering career.
"As a little boy you grow up loving the game and the love is still there and the hunger is still there and I really want to play cricket," he ended.