T&T has been to three Champions League tournaments and Daren Ganga has been the captain for the two times before this tournament in South Africa. The astute leader led T&T to the finals of the inaugural tournament in India in 2009 and again in 2011 in India when T&T was knocked out in the prelims.
He is now making his third trip to the Champions League not as a cricketer but cricket commentator on ESPN Star Sports. The 33-year-old who tried out for the T&T team for this tournament, did not make the final squad but will now be calling the shots from behind the microphones.
Speaking to T&T Guardian at Supersport Park in Centurion, Ganga said: “Well, the job I am doing now is dormant compared to being on the field. I like to be there and to make things happen. However, having said that, I am thrilled at my opportunity and I am going to give it my best shot.”
Preparing for the cricket matches Ganga would hit the gym and the playing field but preparing for his new position on commentary he had to hit the library.
“I guess having played the game for such a long time I would have gotten knowledge about different scenarios in cricket and this would help me a lot. However, now I also have to delve into the history of the tournament, as well as knowing everything about the different players. I am really keen to enter into this new frontier and it will be fun.”
The man who holds the record for leading his team the most number of times at the Champions League added: “I always like to analyse cricket and now I get a chance to share that with the public. I am thrilled about that really.”
Ganga will be joined by experienced commentators Pakistan’s Rameez Raja, India’s Sunil Gavaskar and New Zealand’s Simon Doul and says they have been a tremendous help. “The guys have really embraced me and I am looking forward to learning a lot from them during this stint.”