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This one for the Mahatma


Chennai : The strong ethnic link between India and Trinidad&Tobago surfaced during a late night post-match media conference on Sunday when skipper Daren Ganga paid obeisance to Mahatma Gandhi whose 142nd birthday anniversary coincided with the Caribbean team’s stunning 12-run win against the Chennai Super Kings in the Nokia Champions League T20 tournament here.

“This day is a very special day as it is the birthday of Mahata Gandhi. We wanted to do something significant,” said Ganga whose surname represents the river that is revered in India.

A major portion of the 1.3 million population (2005 census) of the Caribbean republic consists of people with strong links to India, from where their ancestors had migrated.

“We thought today is going to be our day. We had that belief as a team. God only knows as to what will happen in the last game, but we strongly feel that we will qualify for the semifinals,” said the 32-year old Ganga who was born in Barrackpore – in Trinidad, not in West Bengal.

Trinidad and Tobago, with two points from three games, need to beat the Nashua Cape Cobras on Tuesday to remain in contention for a semifinal berth from their group.