New South Wales v Trinidad & Tobago, CLT20, Chennai September 29, 2011

Was banking on Rampaul's experience - Daren Ganga

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Daren Ganga, the Trinidad & Tobago captain, has said that Ravi Rampaul would have bowled a tight final over and a Super Over "on most days". Rampaul conceded 16 in the final over to allow New South Wales to force a tie, after which he went for 18 in the Super Over, a target T&T could not chase in Chennai.

"Rampaul is our most experienced bowler," Ganga said. "He has done the job for us in the past, and with more than 15 runs to defend in one over, he is going to pull it off on most days. Maybe he was tired [for the Super Over], having to bowl back-to-back overs after having bowled at the death.

"You have to give credit to [Moises] Henriques, though, for the way he batted. We have tried it [bowling around the wicket] time and again during practice, angling it across, and more often than not it worked."

Chasing 140, New South Wales were 123 for 8 at the end of the 19th over. Rampaul was hit for three fours in the 20th over - Henriques hit two, while Patrick Cummins hit one - as New South Wales tied the game. Rampaul then came back on to bowl the Super Over, and Henriques hit him for four fours.

There was confusion over Trinidad's batting line-up in the Super Over. Darren Bravo, a left-hand batsman, initially came out to open, but had to return to the dug out as Lendl Simmons and Adrian Barath took strike against left-arm spinner Steve O'Keefe. Trinidad wanted a left-right pair, but were unaware they had to follow the order mentioned in the list the captains submit before the Super Over.

"We were under the impression that you could ask any two of the three to open," Ganga said. "The rules aren't explicit and it's a learning [experience] for us."

New South Wales' captain Simon Katich said he had chosen O'Keefe to bowl the Super Over because of the sluggish pitch. "We felt pace off the ball was the best option, it showed at the back of our innings as well. Also, O'Keefe had a good outing with the ball [1 for 14 in four overs]."

Henriques, who was Man of the Match for his two wickets, 18 not out off nine balls, and his Super-Over blitz, said he was clear about how to go about the chase.

"He [Cummins] was fresh to the crease, and at that stage [in the last over] we needed eight of three. I thought about it before the ball was bowled and realised if we took the two [off the fourth ball] I could still be on strike for the last ball if a four or a six was required. As it turned out, I was not needed at all."

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  • Dummy4 on September 29, 2011, 16:02 GMT

    I dont believe that Darren's captaincy was timid,he said that he and the team use the ploy of bowling around the wicket in practice and it always work.What was amazing about it was it didn't work in the 20th over and then he tried it again in the Super Over,after Rampaul was hit for the first 4 they should have had a "plan B",Rampaul and TT have used it many times and it works,it didn't this time and they should have tried something else,everybody should have an alternative,seems like TT didn't have one.

  • Dummy4 on September 29, 2011, 13:11 GMT

    So much for Ganga being the "best captain" in the West Indies. People are finally realising the rating Darren Ganga's Captaincy would have to compared to rating Viv Richard's Captaincy. Viv always maintained that he had a easy job, Ganga want's everyone to believe that it is his captaincy and not the exceptional crop of players he has available to him that is responsible for winning. But I should remind everyone, that T&T is dominant only in 20/20.. Ganga has never led T&T to a 4 day championship.

    to rama_Krish -- TnT needs to replace Darren Ganga with Willie!

    And Last - Not even Daryl Styne can bowl a final over for less than 10 runs! The whole tournament is being dominated by slow bowlers. Badrie or Narine were better options available to Ganga for the super over. It is SAD that we do not have Bravo in the team and Dave Mohommed is left out (those are our super over bowlers)! His experience would have trumped everything and easily given T&T the win in the super over.

  • Dummy4 on September 29, 2011, 10:44 GMT

    Coming from a Trinidadian, Ganga is to blame for the 2 defeats. Everyone back here is disgruntled by the poor field settings that was displayed by him which costed T&T both games. The team has become quite complacent too and they need to lose the attitude with immediate effect in order to win a game in this tournament. The last time T&T was involved in the CLT20, they were unknown to most and they worked hard and proved their worth. They need to get their act together and not embarrass themselves any further.

  • Dummy4 on September 29, 2011, 10:03 GMT

    -Darren Ganga must appreciate that he cannot continue to make the same mistake and expect a different. From the second ball of the 20th over, it should have been clear that angling across the batsman was not the best option. At no point in time during this final over did he have a chat with Ravi to encourage or even consider an alternative approach. Poor captaincy!

  • Ram on September 29, 2011, 8:36 GMT

    It is also important to recognize the cavalier manner in which TnT's top order batted against Mumbai (the first 5 wickets fell to carelessness and unthinking strokes - imagine Bharath trying to drive a Malinga yorker, Bravo trying to slog-sweep Bhaji and Simmons not caring to ground his bat) and NSW (both Bharath and Bravo fell to injudicious shots). Blaming Rampie is disingenious. It should never have come to that. For the next match TnT needs to replace to failing Bravo with Perkins and Ganga needs to control his emotions and that of the team while on the field - they need to behave like professionals and not the amateurs that they now look like.

  • Dummy4 on September 29, 2011, 7:32 GMT

    they have the potential to win but here the problem in the last two matches was the poor fielding set up...i think this is the only weakness for the team

  • ankur on September 29, 2011, 6:38 GMT

    I think the last two matches have proved as to why Ganga was not considered even when majority of the players were not playing owing to dispute with the Board....

    Darren Ganga's timid captaincy has cost them the last 2 matches.....

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