|Full name||Doddanarasiah Ganesh|
|Born||30 June 1973|
Bangalore, Mysore State, India
|Test debut (cap 210)||2 January 1997 v South Africa|
|Last Test||17 April 1997 v West Indies|
|Only ODI (cap 102)||15 February 1997 v Zimbabwe|
|Domestic team information|
Source: ESPNcricinfo, 29 March 2014
Doddanarasiah Ganesh (pronunciation (help·info); born 30 June 1973) is a former Indian cricketer who played in 4 Tests and one ODI in 1997. He was a right-arm seam bowler and useful lower-order batsman.
Ganesh failed to make an impression in his limited Test opportunities, picking up just five wickets at an average of 57.40. In first-class cricket, he took 365 wickets from 104 matches, including 299 at 27.09 for his team . Karnataka. He has currently applied for the post of head coach of the Indian Cricket team and is waiting for the interview.
Dodda Ganesh started out as a wicketkeeper and an opening batsman. His idols while growing up were K. N. Ananthapadmanabhan, the Kerala wicketkeeper and India's World Cup winning wicket-keeper Syed Kirmani. Gundappa Viswanath spotted his bowling talent and enrolled him at Chikna club. Early days he was playing in the streets of Balehonnur, where he played with likes of Ismail. Frustrated with the lack of opportunities, he shifted to AV Jayaprakash's training camp where he prospered as a bowler and forced entry into the Karnataka side.
The 1990s was the golden era for Karnataka cricket. Due to the presence of Javagal Srinath, Venkatesh Prasad, Anil Kumble and Sunil Joshi, Ganesh had limited opportunities to show his talent. Despite making his debut in the 1994-95 season, Ganesh could not get a permanent slot in the Karnataka team. Coming from a humble background, he was helped by kind teammates and well-wishers.
It was in the Irani Trophy in 1996-97 where he picked up 11 wickets, including V. V. S. Laxman and Navjot Singh Sidhu, that he stormed into national reckoning. After this performance he was selected for the Indian cricket team's tour of South Africa.
Ganesh made his international debut in the 2nd Test against South Africa at Cape Town. He bowled 24 overs in the first innings without any success. He took his first Test wicket in the second innings when he trapped Gary Kirsten leg before wicket. India suffered a huge defeat in this game. He kept his place for the next Test at Johannesburg. He just bowled 9 overs in the game, as South Africa hung on for a draw.
Despite not having a brilliant tour, he was selected for the West Indies tour in 1997. During the 3rd Test at Barbados, he picked up 4 wickets including Carl Hooper in both innings. Despite having only 120 runs to chase, India stumbled in the 2nd innings to be all out for 81. Ganesh played one more rain-affected Test at Guyana.
Ganesh returned to the Karnataka side and became the team's bowling mainstay. Over a long career from 1994-95 to 2005-06, he took 365 wickets. His best bowling figures were 7 for 36 (12 for 89 in the match) against Haryana in 2002-03. His batting became more valuable over the years. In 2002-03 he scored 536 runs at an average of 41.23, including his only century, 119 against Vidarbha.
In October 2016, he participated as a contestant on the BiggBoss Kannada 4, and survived for 2 weeks.
- Dodda Ganesh bowling for teams
- Dodda Ganesh announces retirement
- Karnataka v Rest of India 1996-97
- South Africa v India, Cape Town 1996-97
- West Indies v India, Bridgetown 1996-97
- Haryana v Karnataka 2002-03
- Dodda Ganesh batting by season
- Vidarbha v Karnataka 2002-03
- Dodda Ganesh: A fast bowler who was rushed into international cricket