Lara lauds Ganga for guiding the tail at death

Published: Thursday, June 8, 2006, 23:53 [IST]
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St John's, Antigua:Brian Lara revealed that Daren Ganga played a crucial behind-the-scene role to help his side thwart India and snatch a tense draw in the first Test at the Antigua Recreation Ground here.

After a fluent 36-run knock during a 67-run opening partnership with Chris Gayle, Ganga appeared in the field again as a runner for the hamstrung Fidel Edwards.

Three West Indian tail-enders stood between India and their victory in the decisive last 9.4 overs of the match. But Ganga had a calming effect on the nerves of the lower order batsman and in the end -- though Dave Muhammad got out in the 91.5 overs after playing an attacking knock of 52 -- Corey Collymore and Fidel Edwards hung in and forced a draw.

''Daren Ganga was about the right option to choose. He is a successful captain for Trinidad and Tobago. He knew exactly what was needed to happen out there,'' Lara was quoted as saying by The Nation.

Ganga kept talking to Edwards, Muhammad and after the latter's exit, to Collymore who came in to bat out the last 3.1 overs.

''I'm almost sure that Daren played an important part,'' Lara said.

''One of the questions I asked him was how did it feel not being actually able to play a hand physically. He said it was difficult, but he knew his job.

''His job wasn't just to run for Fidel. His job was to marshal things out there and be the sort of old head and experienced person guiding the other players,'' Lara explained.

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