Throughout this malaise Chanderpaul has maintained his high standards.
The 32-year-old Guyanese left-handed batsman scored 446 runs in the recent series against England with two centuries, the only hundreds managed by a West Indies batsman in the four Tests, at an exceptionally high average of 148.66.
In the process he went nearly 18 hours without being dismissed and, although on the losing side, he was named man-of-the-match at the Riverside on Tuesday after innings of 136 not out and 70.
"It's always difficult as a player when you put in a big effort and there is nothing to show for it from a team perspective," said Ganga.
"Shiv is a team player. He's someone who fights for the sake of the team.
"His batting in this series has been tremendous and we all need to take a page out of his book, the manner in which he commits himself to cricket."
No secret to success
Chanderpaul, a former skipper of the side, said there was no secret to his success.
"As a batter you have to want to bat.
"That is the attitude and you should make it a habit if you can."
Ganga's own form slumped after he took over the captaincy from the injured Ramnaresh Sarwan, as he scored just 11 runs in four innings after being appointed to the post.
"Half-way through the tour, I really never expected to have that responsibility.
"Assessing myself after this series is something I will do, to realise where I went wrong and the ways I can improve."
Ganga, who was not selected for the upcoming one-day series against England where Chris Gayle will captain the team instead, said the Windies were getting closer to ending their barren spell in Test cricket.
"We are definitely improving. West Indian culture is very unique," Ganga said.
"We need to appreciate that and to find ways, slowly and gradually, of changing that relaxed sort of mode into a more professional mode and I think we are well on the way."