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Former West Indies opening batsman Daren Ganga has launched a coaching DVD with the intention to help youngsters and coaches better themselves.
The DVD, which was launched on July 23 at the Queen’s Park Oval in Port-of-Spain, is supported by the Daren Ganga Foundation, which is a charitable organisation that helps children from less-privileged backgrounds get involved in the sport.
According to sources, the DVD, which is called ‘The Fundamentals’, is just the first volume in a series of coaching guides.
The DVD features animation, live action videography, in-studio demonstrations and interviews. In addition to that, there are also tips from Curtly Ambrose, Ian Bishop, Shivnarine Chanderpaul, Ramnaresh Sarwan, Anisa Mohammed from the West Indies women’s team and umpire Billy Doctrove.
“I recognised that I can’t be there all the time but I have done a lot of networking in terms of cricketers,” Ganga told ESPNcricinfo in a phone interview. “I had access to a lot of information and wanted to set up a more accessible medium for these young cricketers.”
Ganga himself came from a very humble background as he was brought up in rural Barrackpore, which is located in south Trinidad.
Ganga also spoke about how he had to develop his own game by trial and error since he rarely had the opportunity to receive proper coaching.
“When I looked back at my early years I recognised that I had no access to the people who knew the fundamentals of the game,” Ganga said. “This DVD will resolve these issues some of these kids have. I had to go through a process of unlearning at different stages. Mind you, I started playing at first-class level at 17 and international level at 19. My period of development was shorter than what most people go through. Therefore I had to spend a lot of time developing my game while I was playing at the top level and learning things I should have picked up when I was younger.
“The purpose of this DVD is for youngsters to shorten their timespan of development and to avoid the process of unlearning. I realised that if I had access to this info earlier, I think my performances would have been a lot better than what it was.
“Nowadays, access to all these players of yesteryear is very limited and more so in a rural community.”
Ganga added that the players featured in the video also deal with the mental aspect of playing cricket.
“Chanderpaul talks about keeping his eyes on the ball, his preparation, working on the short ball, defence, taking the time to train and the art of batting for long periods,” Ganga said. “He was from a humble beginning and he spoke about his difficulties getting the right equipment and how his mom used to collect cloth from the community and stuff it together to make a thigh pad. Despite those challenges he was able to conquer it.”