Sourav Ganguly the name that revolutionized Indian cricket.
|Date of birth||8,July,1972|
|Place of birth||Kolkata, Bengal|
|Family||Dad : Chandi Das Ganguly Elder brother : Snehasish Wife : Dona Ganguly Children : Two|
|Major teams||India, Lancashire , Bengal|
|ODI debut||India vs. West Indies, at Brisbane on 11/1/92|
|Test Debut||India v England at Lord’s, 2nd Test, 1996|
|Batting style||Left hand batsman|
|Bowling style||Right arm medium|
|Batsman he respects most||Sachin Tendulkar|
|Bowlers he respects most||Wasim Akram, Allan Donald|
|His first love||Football|
His record as captain of Team India Format Matches Won Lost Tie No Result Win percentage Test 49 21 13 0 15 42.86 ODI 147 76 66 0 5 51.7 Known as the Prince of Kolkata, Sourav Ganguly is arguably one of the most successful captains in the history of Indian cricket. Born on the 8th of July 1972 in Kolkata, the left-handed genius entered the international cricketing world in 1992 with his ODI debut against the guys from the Carribean. Ganguly could not make an impression in his debut match and was dropped from the team only to return after four years due to his excellent domestic cricketing credentials. On June 22, 1996 the world saw the upcoming of a great batsmen as he struck a blasting century making 131 runs on his debut at Lords thus becoming the 10th Indian to do so. There was no looking back after that as one of the most sensational cricketing careers was all set to be scripted in bold letters against the backdrop of immense popularity and ugly controversies.
In 1997, Ganguly won four consecutive “Man of the Match” awards in the Sahara Cup against Pakistan which also included some excellent bowling efforts. He ended the year on a high note with three Test centuries against Sri Lanka. In 1998, Sourav Ganguly scaled new heights of success with quite a few impressive performances against Pakistan and Sri Lanka. In 1999 Cricket World Cup, Ganguly set the record for the highest score by an Indian and the second highest ever in world cup history with a blitzkrieg of 183 runs off just 158 balls. He also entered into a 318-run partnership with Rahul Dravid which proved to be the highest ever in the world cup and the second highest ever in ODI cricket history. In the latter half of the year, Ganguly suffered from a bad tacit form but flourished like anything in ODIs to end the season with nothing less than five centuries to his name.
The time arrived that gave a major kick-start to Ganguly’s career. Eventually, the lady luck smiled on him as he was nominated captain after the match-fixing scandals rocked the cricket world in 2000. History was in the making as Ganguly led India to unchartered territories of success to emerge as one of the most successful captains ever in the international cricketing arena. Sourav was successful in handling these hard situations. He helped change the face of Indian cricket and then started ‘THE GANGULY ERA’. Sourav gave the country a bunch of fighting spirited guys. India was a bunch of losers in 2000, after the exit of Azhar and Sachin as the captain. Sourav Ganguly and the way he braved the storm as captain cannot be ruled out. It can be rightly said that Sourav Ganguly did the bulk of the hard work to build Team India. Ganguly changed the attitude of Indian cricketers towards the mighty Australians. He taught the new guys how to fight and stand straight in front of their rivals.
He led India to the world cup finals in 2003 before Australia washed off all hopes of winning the world cup with its clinical execution of cricketing skills. During his captaincy between 2000 and 2005, India managed to win 21 out of 49 Test matches including a record of 12 overseas victories. One of the highlights of Ganguly’s career as a skipper includes both Test and ODI series wins against Pakistan, which came for the first time in nearly past half a century. He led India to Natwest Series and Champions Trophy win in 2002, other achievements include India’s victory against Australia in the 2001 Border-Gavaskar Trophy, which was only another feather in his cap but a changing point came in Ganguly’s career during 2005-06, Sourav Ganguly was involved in a series of unfortunate controversies including his infamous spat with the Indian Coach, Greg Chappell who squarely blamed Sourav for exercising favoritism in cricket. The controversy also attracted some extreme reactions from Sourav’s fans, especially after his infamous exit from the Indian team. He also met with little success in the domestic cricketing arena after his exile from the international cricket and his appearances for English County in 2005 did not help much. To make the matters worse, Ganguly also failed to make an impact with his performances in the Challenger Trophy. Despite passing through all these adversities, Sourav Ganguly never left hope of making it back into the Indian squad and eventually fortune favored him once again as he was called back into the side for a three-Test series against South Africa in November 2006. Soon, he made a successful comeback in ODIs as well with his excellent form against West Indies and Sri Lanka in January 2007. This led to his inclusion in the 2007 World Cup squad where India failed miserably and made an exit from the tournament in the preliminary stage itself. He formally retired in 2008 at Feroz Shah Kotla but his work as a captain for Indian cricket will be remembered for a long time in cricket history. Some of the milestones set by this cricketer include 22 ODI centuries and as many as 20 century opening-partnerships with Sachin Tendulkar. Sourav Ganguly is the third player to score 10,000 ODI runs and second-fastest after Sachin Tendulkar. Ganguly was also awarded with Padma Shri in 2004 for his magnanimous contribution to the world of cricket. The only constant thing about Sourav Ganguly’s career is that it has always been in transition and almost as unpredictable as the game of cricket itself is known to be. Still, his talent and potential as a cricketer of the highest standards cannot be doubted for a moment which has helped set quite a few milestones in the history of Indian cricket and hopefully India will keep on generating players like him with aggressive and never-say-die approach to the game. At the end just want to – “WISH HIM A HAPPY BIRTHDAY” “LONG LIVE DADA”.
Sourav Ganguly-The Ultimate Leader
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