Daren Ganga

Country: West Indies
Born: January 14, 1979, Barrackpore, Trinidad
Batting Style: Right hand Bat
Bowling Style: Right arm Offbreak
Playing role: Batter

Daren Ganga Bio

Daren Ganga is a former West Indian cricketer who made a significant impact during his career as an opener. Born on January 14, 1979, in Trinidad and Tobago, Ganga’s career was marked by moments of brilliance and sporadic periods of inconsistency.

Ganga’s introduction to international cricket came during the 2000-01 tour of Australia, where he showcased glimpses of his talent. His elegant strokeplay and ability to anchor the innings were evident, as he scored several characterful twenties and thirties. However, he struggled to convert those starts into big scores, often getting becalmed in the middle.

It wasn’t until his fourth coming as an international cricketer that Ganga truly made his mark. Facing the mighty Australians, he displayed remarkable resilience and determination, scoring back-to-back centuries. Suddenly, his phlegmatic approach became a vital counterpoint to the aggressive batting of Brian Lara at the other end, making him an integral part of the West Indian lineup.

Unfortunately, Ganga’s form declined after his impressive performances against Australia, and he was dropped from the team after the first Test against South Africa in April 2004-05. However, he made a comeback during the 2005-06 tour of New Zealand, where he emerged as the second highest run-scorer in the three-Test series. Despite missing out on a hundred due to a rash stroke on 95, Ganga’s innings displayed confidence and composure.

He continued to impress during the series against India later that season, proving himself to be a consistent performer. Ganga’s total of 344 runs in four Tests was the highest by any player in the West Indian team, and his innings of 135 and unbeaten 66 in the drawn third Test were a testament to his matured approach.

Ganga strengthened his position as a key player during the tour of Pakistan, scoring back-to-back 80s and cementing his place in the team. He even took on the role of vice-captain during the tour of England, following an injury to Ramnaresh Sarwan. However, Ganga failed to make a significant impact with the bat, resulting in his exclusion from the Natwest Series.

Even though Ganga faced setbacks in his career, being dropped from the national squad multiple times, he continued to lead Trinidad and Tobago with distinction. Under his captaincy, they won the Stanford 20/20, earning them a spot in the inaugural Champions League Twenty20 in India. Ganga’s leadership skills and ability to guide his team to the final elevated his stock.

Despite these achievements, Ganga faced further challenges in his career. He was not selected for the ICC World Twenty20 and the tour of Zimbabwe, and had poor performances during the tour of South Africa in 2008. As a result, he was not chosen by the selectors for the majority of 2009.

Following his international career, Ganga continued to contribute to the sport and remained involved in cricket. While he may not have reached the heights expected of him consistently, Ganga’s talent, resilience, and contributions to West Indian cricket cannot be undermined. His ability to anchor the innings and provide stability to the team made him a valuable asset during his playing days.

Daren Ganga Career Stats

Daren Ganga Batting Stats

Batting Matches Innings Nos Runs High Score Ave BF SR 100s 50s 4s 6s Ct St
Tests 48 86 2 2160 135 25.71 5556 38.87 3 9 284 2 30 0
T20Is 1 1 0 26 26 26 31 83.87 0 0 3 1 0 0
ODIs 35 34 1 843 71 25.54 1414 59.61 0 9 69 7 11 0
FC 172 302 29 10137 265 37.13 - - 23 48 - - 112 0
List A 109 108 13 2810 101* 29.57 - - 2 20 - - 36 0
T20s 40 31 5 518 62* 19.92 476 108.82 0 1 27 19 14 0

Daren Ganga Bowling Stats

Bowling Matches Innings Balls Runs Wkts BBI BBM Ave Econ SR 4w 5w 10w
Tests 48 8 186 106 1 1/20 1/20 106 3.41 186 0 0 0
T20Is 1 - - - - - - - - - - - -
ODIs 35 1 1 4 0 - - - 24 - 0 0 0
FC 172 - 622 334 4 1/7 - 83.5 3.22 155.5 - 0 0
List A 109 - 301 193 5 2/20 2/20 38.6 3.84 60.2 0 0 0
T20s 40 1 6 18 0 - - - 18 - 0 0 0

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