Veteran Indian skipper, Sourav Ganguly, recently rated his debut in the Ranji -Trophy victorious finale in the 1989-90 season as the best moments of his scintillating cricketing career. He, on the felicitation of the 25 years of Ranji Trophy triumph, reckoned that clinching the finale of probably the biggest national level tournament of the country was a dream come true.
Ganguly played a brisk knock of 22 runs in that match which included 5 boundaries before being dismissed by Manoj Prabhakar. A nostalgic Ganguly recollected the first few moments when he set his foot on the deck and was clouded with nervousness and anxiety, but later he regained his composure and played a few eye-catching strokes.
Opting to bat first, Delhi posted a decent score of 278 runs on the board in reply to which, Bengal amassed 216 for the loss of 4 wickets. The match, thus ended in a draw with both the sides deprived of a vital first innings lead. Considering the earlier rules, Bengal emerged victorious by getting a quotient of 54. 00 in comparison to Delhi’s meagre 27. 8 in the unfinished final at the Eden Gardens.
Ganguly also feels that getting a chance to adorn the winning team straightaway played a pivotal role in shaping his career and played a huge role in making him the batsman he otherwise might have not become.
An international debut ton at the prestigious Lords, to taking his underdog rated team to the finale of the World Cup 2003, Ganguly has had magical moments in his illustrious career but his Ranji Trophy debut which layed the platform for his future endeavors still holds the most special place in his heart.
He still vividly remembers playing with renowned players like Ashok Malhotra, Arun Lal, Utpal Chatterjee and his elder brother Snehasish. What’s interesting is the fact that he got his place in the side just an eve before the big encounter and Bengal’s then captain, Sambaran Banerjee broke the ecstatic news to him and after that, what transpired is in front of the entire cricketing world. This match was the making of the legend, Sourav Ganguly.
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