Five Memorable Matches Involving Sourav Ganguly
Sourav Ganguly has been a great batsman and a terrific captain for the Indian Cricket team in the past and his contributions to the team is priceless. Known as Dada, God of Offside and the Prince of Kolkata, Ganguly is an aggressive captain on the field and is a treat to watch while batting. He has won many matches for India with his heroics and here, we take a look at the top 5 memorable matches involving Sourav Ganguly.
144 vs Australia, Brisbane
After bundling out the Aussies for 323 in the first Border-Gavaskar Test Match at Brisbane in 2003, Indian top order failed to provide a solid platform to achieve a lead over the mighty Aussies. India were reeling at 63-3 and it is when skipper Sourav Ganguly took charge. In conditions difficult for batting, Ganguly scored a fine 144 and shared a crucial 146 fifth wicket stand with VVS Laxman, which helped the visitors to size up an 86 run lead over the hosts. It was one of the best Test innings that came from the bat of Ganguly. Ganguly took 196 runs for his knock which included 18 shots to the fence.
183 vs Sri Lanka, Taunton
It was in this 1999 World Cup group game at Taunton where Sourav Ganguly, along with Rahul Dravid defied the entire Sri Lankan bowling attack as the duo frustrated the bowlers for 45 overs in which they scored 318 runs together. Dravid scored 153 and Ganguly notched up his highest ODI score of 183. He took 158 balls to score his runs with the help of 17 fours and 7 sixes. Ganguly didn’t show any respite for the bowlers as he trashed them all over the ground.
111 vs Kenya, Durban
This knock of 111 is not against a Kenyan side that often succumb under pressure. This Kenyan side were the giant killers of the 2003 ICC Cricket World Cup as they reached all the way to the semis just to get brutally assaulted by Ganguly. Ganguly’s 111 included 5 fours and five massive sixes and he took 114 balls to score 111. That knock led India into the finals and Kenya bowed out of the tournament with their heads high.
141 vs Pakistan, Adelaide
Sourav Ganguly set the Adelaide Oval on fire during the Carlton and United series against Pakistan in which he scored 144 ball 141. He was on command against the Pakistani bowlers that had Wasim Akram, Shoaib Akthar, Saqlain Mushtaq. This knock can be rated as Ganguly’s best ODI knock in his career.
5-16 vs Pakistan, Toronto
After a below par performance with the bat, India set Pakistan a target of 183 in 50 overs in the third ODI of the 1999 Sahara Friendship Cup at Toronto. After a solid start by the openers, Debasis Mohanty and Abey Kuruvilla striked and that opened the floodgates for the Indian bowlers. The unlikely hero of that day was Sourav Ganguly who scalped five wickets for 16 runs in his 10 overs and helped India to post a big win. He accounted for the wickets of Ijaz Ahmed, Saleem Malik, Hasan Raza, Moin Khan and Aaqib Javed.
India’s Natwest Series Triumph, Lords
This match is included in the list not because of his contribution with the bat or the ball or his captaincy skill. It is included just because of his celebration after India wins the match. He removes and waves his shirt in the Lord’s balcony and gave Andrew Flintoff, who did the same in Mumbai a year before this took place.
His Debut Hundred against England at Lords:
His first ball duck against Australia at Nagpur: