Former Indian skipper, Sourav Ganguly, turned 48 years old on Wednesday. On the special occasion, the cricket universe took to social media to express their heartfelt messages for the former Indian skipper. Although Sourav Ganguly could not lead team India to an ICC title or help them achieve the first position in the ICC Test Team Rankings, there can be no denying the fact that Ganguly brought a revolution in Indian captaincy.
Ganguly reposed faith in young players and they eventually went on to pay the price in the latter stages of their career. During his tenure, Sourav Ganguly has led Team India in 146 ODIs and 49 Tests, out of which the team emerged victorious on 76 and 21 occasions respectively.
Happy Birthday Dada: Cricket Fraternity Come Together To Wish Sourav Ganguly A Happy Birthday
First up, it was the master-blaster Sachin Tendulkar, who built a plethora of great partnerships with Sourav. Sachin wished to continue to rise in bond off the field as well.
Happy birthday Dadi!
Hope our off-field partnership keeps going strong like our on-field ones. Wish you a blessed year ahead. pic.twitter.com/jOmq9XN07w
— Sachin Tendulkar (@sachin_rt) July 8, 2020
Next up, it was the skipper of the India National Cricket Team, Virat Kohli, who expressed his greetings to Sourav Ganguly and wished him a happy birthday.
— Virat Kohli (@imVkohli) July 8, 2020
Robust Indian pacer, Ishant Sharma, shared a sweet message for Sourav Ganguly as he wished Dada a very happy birthday in Bengali, Sourav’s native language.
Shubho Jonmodin Dada 🎂 @SGanguly99
— Ishant Sharma (@ImIshant) July 8, 2020
Veteran Indian middle-order batsman, Suresh Raina, then followed and posted a picture with Sourav and wished his former skipper a very happy birthday.
Happy Birthday Dada💙@SGanguly99 🎂🎂
The man who revolutionalized Indian cricket 🇮🇳
Your contribution to cricket both as a player, and a captain will be admired by the generations to come!
Have a fabulous year ahead🙏 pic.twitter.com/QRM29CdN6C
— Suresh Raina🇮🇳 (@ImRaina) July 8, 2020
India’s ace off-spinner, R Ashwin, also took to Twitter to express his wishes for the former Indian skipper and the current BCCI President, Ganguly.
— Ashwin (During Covid 19)🇮🇳 (@ashwinravi99) July 8, 2020
The International Cricket Council (ICC) did not hold back and posted a collage of Dada’s iconic pictures and moments to wish him a great birthday.
🏏 Third-fastest to 10,000 ODI runs
⭐ Holds the record for the highest individual score in CWC for India
🥈 2003 ICC Men's @cricketworldcup runner-up
🧢 Captained India to 11 wins in 28 overseas Tests
Happy birthday to one of 🇮🇳's most successful captains, Sourav Ganguly 🙌 pic.twitter.com/7MJe1cXcVS
— ICC (@ICC) July 8, 2020
Veteran Indian legend and Sourav’s partner in crime for a very long time, VVS Laxman, also shared a couple of pictures and wished him success and love in life ahead.
— VVS Laxman (@VVSLaxman281) July 8, 2020
Next up, it is the Indian vice-captain in the Tests, Ajinkya Rahane, who took to Twitter to express his emotions for the BCCI President and wished him a happy birthday.
— Ajinkya Rahane (@ajinkyarahane88) July 8, 2020
Veteran Indian commentator and a first-class legend, Aakash Chopra, also took to Twitter to express his wishes for Captain Ganguly.
— Aakash Chopra (@cricketaakash) July 8, 2020
The Kolkata Knight Riders (KKR) franchise in the IPL, shared a picture of Shahrukh Khan, the co-owner and Ganguly to wish the latter a happy birthday.
শুভ জন্মদিন, মহারাজ! 💐
— KolkataKnightRiders (@KKRiders) July 8, 2020
Indian pace ace, Mohammed Shami, also took to Twitter to congratulate Ganguly as he turns another leaf in life.
— Mohammad Shami (@MdShami11) July 7, 2020
India’s new number four in the ODIs, Shreyas Iyer, also shared his wishes for Ganguly with a sweet picture of both of them.
— Shreyas Iyer (@ShreyasIyer15) July 8, 2020
Indian opener, Shikhar Dhawan, also had a message in store for the Dada of Indian cricket as he took to Twitter to express his gratitude towards the former Indian skipper.
— Shikhar Dhawan (@SDhawan25) July 8, 2020
Veteran Indian off-spinner, Harbhajan Singh didn’t hold back his emotions and wished the captain that brought him into the Indian team a happy birthday.
— Harbhajan Turbanator (@harbhajan_singh) July 8, 2020
Veteran Indian all-rounder, Yuvraj Singh, one of Sourav Ganguly’s admirers on the global stage, wished him with a special video message on Twitter.
Happy Birthday to the undisputed Dada of Indian Cricket 🎂 You have always led from the front, showing us what it means to be a true leader. I have learnt a lot from you & hope to become to others what you are to me. You are our eternal captain🙇@SGanguly99 #HappyBirthdayDada pic.twitter.com/MJKAwgGw1r
— Yuvraj Singh (@YUVSTRONG12) July 8, 2020
The Sultan of Multan, Virender Sehwag, also wished his former skipper a very happy birthday.
Dada ko Janamdin ki bahut badhai.
The only time he blinked his eye was when dancing down the track while hitting spinners for a 6, varna never. Eternally grateful for his support in initial days. #HappyBirthdayDada pic.twitter.com/U7k0Q9paJI
— Virender Sehwag (@virendersehwag) July 8, 2020