Former Indian captain Sourav Ganguly was never shied away from responsibilites. The legend is renowed for his batting. He was known as the God of off side for his beautiful off drive. He played the game with influence. This southpaw has made a fan base across the world with his performnace and agression.
But, the legend was also a handy slow medium pacer. He won a few matches for India with his seam bowling. During his captaincy tenure, he on many occasions filled the vacuum of fifth Indian pacer along with part-time bowlers.
Here are top five bowling spells of Sourav Ganguly
3 for 41 v Australia at SCG
After Ganguly led India drew the Test series 1-1 in 2003-04 India’s historic tour of Australia. After the Test series, Zimbabwe joined India and Australia to play the ODI series. This series once again brough up the rivalry between Ganguly’s determind India and Ricky Ponting invincible Australia. In 2003 World Cup final India lost to Australia, so victory against Australia erupted a vociferous celebration.
India easily defeated Zimbabwe. But, the cricket spectators were waiting for India vs Australia match. India lost the first match to Australia. Ganguly bowled eight overs but had gone wicketless. In the second match, he grabbed three wickets against Zimbabwe that helped India win the match. In the third ODI India once again faced Australia at Sydney Cricket Ground. Indian came hard on Australia as VVS Laxman and Yuvraj Singh scored hundred. India posted 296, a competetive total at this ground.
Ganguly and Irfan Patan bowled well and took three wickets each but rain spoiled India’s chance in the match. Sourav Ganguly took three wicktes, Irfan Pthan also joined his captain to restrict Australia. But, Brett Lee managed to hit six in the fifth ball of the last over to win the match.
3 for 22 against Zimbabwe at Harare Sports Club
Sourav Ganguly’s one of the best bowling spells came in 2003 ICC Wolrd Cup against Zimbabwe in a group league match. Zimbabwe led by Heath Streak was a strong side and had the ability to upset any big country. India batting first scored 255. But, Zimbabwe’s chase rattled by India’s new ball pair Javagal Sreenath and Zaheer Khan. Harbhajan Singh bowled the backbone of the side Andy Flower. Captain Sourav Ganguly cleaned up the middle order the Zimbabwe side. He had taken the wickets of Grant Flower, Dion Ebrahim and Andy Blignaut. Ganguly bowled five overs. Ganguly performance as a captain was an inspiration to his players.
5 for 16 against Pakistan at Toronto
In 1997, India and Pakistan were playing a Frendship series in Canada. In Toronto India managed only 182 runs in 50 overs. India lost just 6 wickets, but the wicket was not that good. So, a lose was invetible, but a young Sourav Ganguly, who opening the innings scored 2 off 20 balls, wrecked havoc on Pakistan batting line up. He cleaned up the middle order and tails to earn India a 34 four run victory in the match.
4 for 21 against Sri Lanka at Nagpur
It was a show all round Ganguly. In 1999 when Sri Lanka toured India for a bilateral series. Young Sourav Ganguly already established himself as a trusted prolofic opener. In the second match of the tournament Ganguly played 130 run innings. Then with the ball in hand he grabbed four wicktes in four overs, Sri Lanka were bowled out for 207. Sourav Ganguly was adjudged man of the match.
3 for 27 against England at Edgbaston
In the 1999 Wolrd Cup group, A match India batting first scored 232. Dravid scored 53. At Edgbaston England were favourite but handed them a big 63 run defeat. Sourav Ganguly and Debasis Mohanty removed opener Nasser Hussain and Alec Stewart that commneced the carnage on England batting line up. Sreenath joined Ganguly and Mohanty as he trapped lbw Graham Thrope. Ganguly took two more wicktes alongside him Anil Kumble had sneaked in and took two more wickets to bundle out England and notched up a historic victory for India.