Tagenarine Chanderpaul shines on his debut: Father-son duos in cricket
Tagenarine Chanderpaul, the son of former West Indies batter Shivnarine, looked impressive in his maiden Test innings. He duly dominated the Australian seamers after the hosts declared (598/4) on Day 2 of the 1st Test in Perth. Chanderpaul returned unbeaten on 47 off 73 balls, negotiating the Australian bowlers with his counter-attack. Let us take a look at the famous father-son duos in cricket.
Why does this story matter?
- Tagenarine was picked as a reserve batter for the series against Bangladesh this year.
- John Campbell, who opened with Kraigg Brathwaite in that series, was handed a four-year ban for violating an anti-doping rule.
- Tagenarine has been in staggering form in domestic cricket and would want to continue his exploits in international cricket.
- He would be backed to carry the legacy of his father.
A unique feat for father-son duo
In 2017, both Tagenarine and Shivnarine smashed half-centuries in the same First-Class match. It was the first instance of a father-son duo getting the landmark in the same FC game since George Gunn and his son George Vernon struck tons for Nottinghamshire in 1931.
Lala Amarnath, a father figure in Indian cricket, scored India's first-ever Test century (in 1933 vs England). He also went on to become Independent India's first captain. Three of his sons played First-Class cricket, while two of them represented India later. Surinder Amarnath, who scored a ton on his debut, played nine matches. Meanwhile, Mohinder Amarnath starred in India's 1983 World Cup win.
Chris Board and Stuart Broad
Former batter Chris Broad played 25 Tests and 34 ODIs for England. He is the owner of over 20,000 First-Class and 10,000 List A runs. The senior broad later ventured into commentary and then became an ICC match referee. His son, Stuart Broad, is the second-highest wicket-taker among pacers in Test cricket. He owns over 800 wickets across formats.
Peter Pollock and Shaun Pollock
Former fast bowler, Peter Pollock, represented South Africa in 28 Tests. He finished with 116 wickets at an incredible average of 24.18. His tally included as many as 9 five-wicket hauls and a solitary 10-for. His son, Shaun Pollock, went on to become South Africa's most successful bowler. Like Broad, he finished his career with over 800 wickets across formats.
Walter Hadlee and Richard Hadlee
The exploits of Sir Richard Hadlee, one of the greatest all-rounders, require no introduction. Over three decades after retiring, Hadlee remains New Zealand's leading wicket-taker in Test cricket (431). He was the first player to touch the 400-wicket mark in Tests. However, very few are aware that he is the son of Walter Hadlee, who played 11 Tests for NZ between 1937 and 1951.
Iftikhar Ali Khan, the senior Nawab of Pataudi, is the only cricketer to have represented both England and India. He scored a century on his Test debut (for England, 1932/33 Ashes). His son, Mansur Ali Khan Pataudi, also known as Tiger Pataudi, led India in 40 of 46 Tests he played in. Under him, India registered their first-ever overseas Test victory (against NZ, 1967).
Iftikhar died at 41
Iftikhar took early retirement from cricket due to health issues. Nearly six years later (January 5, 1952), he died (at 41) while playing a game of polo. Notably, it was his son Mansur's birthday. The latter made his debut nine years later.