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Focused Daren Ganga eyes improvement in his bowling


Daren Ganga on Tuesday battled the Pakistan bowlers with grit and determination for an unbeaten 77 on the second day of the final Test here at the National Stadium but the single most joyous moment for the Trinidadian did not come during that knock. It came a day earlier, when he was bowling.

Ganga, 27, got the prized scalp of Pakistan captain Inzamam-ul-Haq on Monday — his first Test wicket and it was a feat he would remember for a long time. “It was a big joy for me,” Ganga said. “Inzamam is a great player and his wicket is always important, plus it was my first one in international cricket.”

Ganga, an off-break bowler said Inzamam’s wicket has inspired him to take his bowling seriously. “I think I should work hard on my bowling as it will give my captain more options.”

Before this match, Ganga who is playing his 41st Test, had bowled 162 balls without ever getting anyway near a wicket.

It is, however, his batting abilities that can make a difference for the West Indies in this particular match. “It is a difficult wicket to bat on here and you have to be really patient,” Ganga said about the National Stadium track that has been criticised severely by both batsmen and bowlers in spite of the fact that 16 wickets have fell on the first two days and almost 500 runs scored. A result in this match is currently the best bet.

Ganga said it is not a sporting wicket. “It is a slow and docile track. There is an inconsistent bounce and the ball is keeping low. Application is really important on this one.”

But he stressed, “Test cricket is all about playing well in whatever conditions you get. Great players score on any kind of wickets. Test cricket is a test of your character.”

Ganga pointed out that he managed to stay on the crease for over five hours through sheer concentration at a time when wickets were regularly falling at the other end.

With six top batsmen gone, the West Indies are trailing Pakistan’s first innings total of 304 runs by 113 runs and will have to come out with something extraordinary to level the three-match series, they trail 0-1.

He added that with three more days to go, his team is still very much in this match. “We just need to accumulate some more runs tomorrow and avoid conceding a lead.”

Ganga agreed the wicket would deteriorate in the final phase of the Test and the West Indies would suffer the most since they will be batting last. “It would be difficult but we are one match down and have to win this one,” he said.
Source:The News

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