New Delhi, July 8: Former India and one of nation’s most successful captain Sourav Ganguly turned 45 today.
Ganguly has been one of the most successful captains for India and is known for his leadership qualities. The left-handed batsman made his first Test appearance for India in 1996 against England at Lord’s and scored a brilliant hundred during the course.
Ganguly indeed is a legend with records both as a batsman and as the national skipper. Regarded by many as the man who taught India to stand up and fight, the Bengal player always took the field wearing his heart on his sleeve. Ever since his Test debut at the Lord’s in 1996, Ganguly showed that buckling under pressure was just not his thing. He went on to play 113 Tests for India and scored 7212 runs at and average of 42.17. He hit 16 tons in Tests and India have not lost in any of those games (four wins, 12 draws).
His ODI record though, was even more enviable. Pairing up with Sachin Tendulkar, he formed one of the best opening partnerships in the history of the game. In 311 ODIs, he scored 11363 runs at an average of 41.02. He went on to score 22 hundreds in the 50-over format.Â
Through the course of his international career, many have both hailed as well as blasted him depending on the team result and individual performance. One thing though was constant – Ganguly never really never made headlines.
Under him, India registered a berth in the final of Knockout tournament in 2000. Though they lost the final to New Zealand but his leadership skills impressed everybody. Sourav Ganguly-led side then shared the Champions Trophy 2002 after the finals were washed away while ended as runners up in 2003 edition of ICC World Cup.
Lets have a look on dada’s Records and achievements:
1. The only cricketer to win four consecutive man of the match awards in One Day Internationals.
2.The eighth highest run-scorer in ODI history and second among the Indians, with 11,363 runs.
3.The second fastest batsman to reach 9,000 ODI runs after AB DeVilliers of South Africa who broke Ganguly’s record in 2017
4.One of the only five cricketers to have achieved the unique treble of 10,000 runs, 100 wickets & 100 catches in ODI cricket.
5.His Test batting average never went below 40.
6.Has the highest individual score by an Indian batsman (183) in the Cricket World Cup.
7.One of the 14 cricketers in the world to have played 100 or more Tests and 300 or more ODIs.
8.India’s most successful Test captain overseas, winning 11 out of 28 matches that he led.
Here’s what his colleagues and others have to say on his special day.
— Mohammad Kaif (@MohammadKaif) July 8, 2017
— Vijay Goel (@VijayGoelBJP) July 8, 2017
— Pragyan Ojha (@pragyanojha) July 7, 2017
— Rajeev Shukla (@ShuklaRajiv) July 8, 2017
Movie on Sachin Tendulkar showed the rise of Sachin. Movie on Saurav Ganguly will show rise and rise of India. #HappyBirthdayDada
— Virender Sehwag (@VirenderSehweg) July 8, 2017
— yuvraj singh (@YUVSTRONG12) July 8, 2017
— Manoj Tiwary (@tiwarymanoj) July 8, 2017
Ganguly is best remembered for being a steely customer, both as a batsman, as well as captain. He made 7212 runs in 113 Test matches at an average of 42.17. On the other hand, in ODI cricket, Ganguly made 11363 runs in 311 games.
Currently an advisor the Indian cricket – along with Sachin Tendulkar and VVS Laxman, Ganguly’s contribution continues to be vital. Here’s wishing him a happy birthday and that he continues to rule hearts, just as he ruled over the cricket field.