Daren Ganga Biography
Daren Ganga is a former West Indies cricketer who played all three formats of International cricket for the Caribbean team. He was born on January 14, 1979, in Barrackpore, Trinidad.
He played as a right-handed top order batsman and a part-time right-arm off break bowler.
Ganga started his career playing for Trinidad and Tobago. He played his maiden first-class match against Guyana at Queen’s Park Oval on 21 February 1997.
In the West Indies Board President’s Cup 1997-98, Ganga made his breakthrough. It was Trinidad and Tobago’s final game of the series against Barbados. He came to bat at number four with his side struggling at three wickets at 33 runs. He tops scored with 138 runs and helped his side to snatch victory from the jaws of defeat.
Apart from representing West Indies at the national level and Trinidad and Tobago at domestic level, Ganga wasn’t a part of any other professional club in his entire cricketing career.
At the age of 19, Daren Ganga made his Test debut in the third Test of the series against South Africa at Durban. He made 28 and 5 runs in the first and second innings respectively.
He ended the series with just 75 runs in six innings and struggled against Shaun Pollock and got out to him in all his six appearances in the series. He was eventually dropped from the team.
In February 1999, Daren represented West Indies in colors against the same opponents as his Test debut. He failed to score more than one run in the match.
Rise to Glory
Ganga made an impact in International cricket when Australia toured the West Indies in April and May 2003. He made his maiden Test century in the first Test at Georgetown. Coming to bat at number three, he made 113 runs before getting dismissed.
In the next Test which was at his home ground, Queen’s Park Oval in Trinidad, he batted for 326 minutes and completed his second Test century against the mighty Australians.
Despite having a good domestic record, Ganga failed to deliver in international cricket. He was in and out of the national team.
In the 11 Test matches he played against South Africa, his performances were miserable. He made just 314 runs at an average of 14.95.
Stats and Records
Ganga had a great domestic record, as he amassed 10000+ runs at the domestic level. In Test cricket, he played 48 Tests and scored 2160 runs at an average of 25.71. He made three centuries and nine half-centuries.
His record against India was quite impressive as he scored 344 runs in four matches against them. His highest score of 135 runs came against India.
Daren Ganga announced retirement from all forms of international cricket in 2012.