One of the most influential players to have ever played in the Blue of India, Saurav Ganguly is celebrating his 44th Birthday today.
Over the years, Dada has given his fans plenty of golden memories and established himself as the second most successful test skipper ever for the country.
Having made his debut in test matches way back in 1996, Ganguly scored a century on that day and announced himself for good at the highest stage.
He slowly grew on to become the skipper of the side in 2000, a time when Indian cricket hit rock bottom but he managed to revive the side and got them close to glory just 3 years later as he lost to Australia in the World Cup final.
He is responsible for giving Team India their aggression and his methods are still followed by the players when on tours away from home. So it is no surprise that the whole cricketing world took to social media to wish him on his birthday.
Here is the world of cricket wishing Dada a very happy birthday:
— ICC (@ICC) July 8, 2016
Many cricketers have waved their bats at Lord's, but only one man has waved his jersey at Lord's. #HappyBirthdayDada
— LOLendra Singh (@LOLendraSingh) July 8, 2016
Ganguly's average never went below 40 and India never lost when he scored a century in Tests (16 100s). #HappyBirthdayDada
— Bharath Seervi (@SeerviBharath) July 7, 2016
— PK (@gpremkumar92) July 8, 2016
— BCCI (@BCCI) July 8, 2016
When it comes aggression:
Sourav Ganguly: Principal
Ricky Ponting: Teacher
Virat Kohli: Student
Happy Birthday Dada
A 100 on Test debut at Lord's! pic.twitter.com/7ILYJYUVhf
— Lord's Ground (@HomeOfCricket) July 8, 2016
Anil Kumble, the coach of the national side also remembered his team-mate as he took to Twitter to wish him along with many of his team-mates:
Happy birthday @SGanguly99! May the almighty shower lots of love and blessings!
— Anil Kumble (@anilkumble1074) July 8, 2016
— Virender Sehwag (@virendersehwag) July 8, 2016
Some cherished memories with dada..thnks a lot dada .. pic.twitter.com/UXUdqEg2PT
— Sreesanth (@sreesanth36) July 8, 2016
— parthiv patel (@parthiv9) July 8, 2016
Hi ganguly prince of calcutta.wish u happy birthday.may god bless u wth all the happiness in life @SGanguly99
— Kris Srikkanth (@KrisSrikkanth) July 8, 2016
— Manoj Tiwary (@tiwarymanoj) July 8, 2016
Dada’s connection with the political world also got him a number of wishes from around the country:
Birthday greetings to @SGanguly99 Wish you all the success and happiness in life
— Mamata Banerjee (@MamataOfficial) July 8, 2016
— Raja Roy Chowdhury (@prosenjitbumba) July 8, 2016
— Sanjeev Kapoor (@SanjeevKapoor) July 8, 2016
To wrap off, Harsha Bhogle, one of the most adored commentators in the country shared an article on Facebook as he revealed that Dada may yet have a huge role to play in Indian cricket in years to come which you can read here.
Let us join together to wish one of the best players to have ever come out of this country a very Happy Birthday.