Former Indian captain and BCCI President Sourav Ganguly is celebrating his forty ninth birthday on Thursday. Affectionately is aware of as ‘Dada’ among the many admirers of the game, Ganguly is thought to be considered one of India’s biggest captains.
He led India in 146 ODIs, successful 76. In Tests, he led India to 21 victories in 49 video games, with 15 attracts. Under his captaincy, India famously ended Australia’s unbelievable 16-Test successful streak throughout the house collection in 2001, beating the facet 2-1.
A 12 months later, he led the facet to a memorable win within the NatWest collection. Ganguly famously took off his shirt and waved it in celebration contained in the Lord’s balcony after the win within the remaining in opposition to England. In 2003, India reached the ultimate of the World Cup underneath Ganguly’s captaincy, however confronted a defeat to Australia.
Many gamers who made their debuts underneath Ganguly went on to turn out to be legends in Indian cricket. Yuvraj Singh, Harbhajan Singh, Virender Sehwag, and MS Dhoni are a number of the gamers who got their first worldwide sport by Sourav Ganguly.
A left-handed batsman, Ganguly made his worldwide debut in opposition to West Indies in 1992 in an ODI. Four years later, he made his Test debut in opposition to England in Lord’s and famously scored a century within the sport.
Popularly often called the ‘God of off-side’ throughout his enjoying profession, Ganguly represented India in 311 ODIs, scoring 11,363 runs. He is presently the third-highest run-scorer for the nation in ODIs, and eighth-highest total.
The pair of Sourav Ganguly and Sachin Tendulkar holds the report for probably the most variety of runs by a gap duo in ODIs (6,609 runs). Ganguly has 22 centuries and 72 half-centuries to his title.
In Test matches, Sourav Ganguly averaged 42.17 in 113 matches, scoring 7,212 runs.
In early 2006, Ganguly misplaced his place within the facet following a extremely publicized spat with then-coach Greg Chappell. However, he made a comeback later in the identical 12 months after his replacements didn’t cement their place within the facet.
In 2007, Ganguly was a part of the workforce which competed within the ODI World Cup. Even as India’s marketing campaign shockingly ended within the group stage, Ganguly ended because the facet’s highest scorer. In the identical 12 months, he produced spectacular performances on the tour to England.
Ganguly retired from all of the codecs of cricket in 2008. In his remaining Test, he scored 85 within the first innings in opposition to Australia, and was additionally on the receiving finish of a implausible gesture from then-captain MS Dhoni, who requested him to guide the facet for the ultimate few overs of the match.
After many commentary stints post-retirement, Ganguly entered cricket administration and have become the president of the Cricket Association of Bengal in 2015. He served the board for 4 years earlier than changing into the president of the Board of Control for Cricket in India (BCCI) in October 2019.