“Perfect practice is what makes you perfect”. The quote of former American football player and coach Vince Lombardi was what master of ceremonies Vidia Ramphal used in his opening remarks at the launch of The Daren Ganga Cricket Coaching Series titled The Fundamentals at the CL Financial Hospitality Suite of the Queen’s Park Oval, Port of Spain, yesterday.
In delivering the feature address Ganga said the interactive coaching DVD was as a result of his personal conviction of helping others perform at the top of their game, adding, “It was at the heart of my captaincy at various levels and the basis of the work of the Daren Ganga Foundation.
“My personal dream has been to find a way to share all that I’ve learned over the years with young cricketers to help them understand the game and adopt the right techniques from the start.”
Ganga, who revealed that he did not have the benefit of proper coaching in his formative years, said there are still many cricketers who, for various reasons, do not have the opportunity or cannot take advantage of the opportunities for proper coaching.
“What I’m trying to do here is create one medium that incorporate all of the important elements using the various technologies that our young people would appreciate where the core tennets of the game from the ground with the basic, effective techniques are articulated to serve as a foundation for skill development.
Ganga said the DVD also includes an inspirational aspects where several of his esteemed colleagues such as Curtly Ambrose, Ian Bishop, Shiv Chanderpaul, Ricardo Powell, Ramnaresh Sarwan, Sunil Narine, West Indies and Trinidad and Tobago (T&T) female cricketer Anisa Mohammed and umpire Billy Doctrove share their own personal stories and give priceless tips and advice to young viewers who may never have the opportunity to meet them in person to seek out assistance.
The six-chapter DVD addresses the themes: The Pitch and Equipment; Officials, Players and Fielding Positions; Batting; Bowling; Fielding; and Wicket-keeping from chapter one to six, respectively.
Ganga said it is his vision that each and every young cricketer has a copy available to them at no expense. He called on Education Minister Dr Tim Gopeesingh and Anil Roberts, Minister of Sport, who were both present at the launch, to use their resources to ensure The Fundamentals becomes available to all primary and secondary schools.
He also used the opportunity to officially announce his retirement from the game and paid glowing tribute to specially invited guest former batting superstar Brian Lara, whom he described as his mentor having played for both the West Indies and T&T under his captaincy.