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Happy Birthday Sourav Ganguly: ‘Bengal Tiger’ turns 45, Twitteratti pours its wishes

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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.

 

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The shirt that Ganguly took off at the final of the NatWest Series, on display at a store in London.

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.

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.

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IPL: CSK beat RCB by 5 wickets to return to top spot

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MS Dhoni and Bravo, Photo: IANS

Bengaluru, April 26 (IANS) Mahendra Singh Dhoni (70 not out off 34 deliveries) and Ambati Rayudu’s 53-ball 83 helped Chennai Super Kings (CSK) register a thumping five-wicket win over Royal Challengers Bangalore (RCB) here on Wednesday to return to the top spot of the Indian Premier League (IPL).

Chasing a massive total of 206 runs, Dhoni was at his explosive best, blasting seven sixes as the visitors won with five wickets and two deliveries to spare clash at the M. Chinnaswamy Stadium.

The veteran skipper was well supported by opener Rayudu, who slammed four boundaries and eight sixes as CSK took their points tally to 10, while RCB remained in the sixth spot with four points.

Earlier, South Africans AB de Villiers and Quinton de Kock’s struck breezy half-centuries to power RCB to a mammoth 205/8. De Kock (53, 37 balls; 4×1, 6×4) played the perfect supporting role in the 103-run second wicket stand with de Villiers (68 off 30; 4×2, 6×8), who started from the word go to bring up his half-century in just 23 deliveries.

Put in to bat, RCB got off to a decent 35-run start by skipper Virat Kohli (18) and de Kock before Shardul Thakur saw the back of the Indian captain, thanks to a smart catch by Ravindra Jadeja.

But the visitors wouldn’t have imagined what was coming their way, as de Villiers started off by clobbering Harbhajan Singh for two consecutive sixes before launching left-arm spinner Jadeja to the skies.

Such was the dominance from the former Proteas skipper that the hosts raced to 87/1 midway into the innings, with both de Villiers and de Kock nearing their respective fifties.

Despite being overshadowed by his senior partner, the southpaw brought up his half-century in style, tonking Shane Watson for a six over deep mid-wicket.

On the first ball of the very next over, de Villiers, who had earlier clobbered leg-spinner Imran Tahir for two massive sixes, took Thakur to the cleaners thrice consecutively to bring up his half-century.

With both the RCB batsmen going hammer and tongs, CSK skipper Dhoni threw the ball to his West Indian all-rounder Dwayne Bravo, and he responded in style by packing back de Kock with a smart catch off his
own follow through.

Tahir then joined the party by bagging the prized scalp of de Villiers and new man Corey Anderson (2) in the very next over to restore parity into the match.

De Villiers miscued Tahir’s tossed-up delivery pitched outside off-stump for Sam Billings to complete the formalities at deep cover.

Tahir immediately got rid of New Zealand’s Anderson with a googly as Harbhajan Singh completed a brilliant catch at slip.

With the hosts comfortably placed at 142/4, Mandeep Singh (32 off 17; 4×1, 6×3) and Colin de Grandhomme (11) struck a few lusty blows towards the end, even as two run-outs and a wicket in the final over could not stop RCB from crossing the 200-run mark.

During the chase, Chennai were off to a shaky start, losing opener Shane Watson (7), who was trying to clear the mid-on boundary, in the very first over.

Incoming batter Suresh Raina then shared a 42-run partnership with Rayudu, helping CSK touch the 50-run mark.

While trying to flick a Umesh Yadav ball, Raina (11) was caught at backward point by Mandeep Singh.

CSK received another jolt soon as leggie Yuzvendra Chahal struck to dismiss Sam Billings (9) in the seventh over, leaving Chennai reeling at 59/3.

Just when CSK added another 15 runs, Chahal got the better off Ravindra Jadeja (3) in the ninth over to put the visitors on tremendous pressure.

Rayudu however, kept the scoreboard ticking for CSK. The opener was then joined by Dhoni, who made his intentions clear after smashing a massive six over deep midwicket on the vey second ball he faced.

The duo then shared a crucial 101-run partnership for the fifth wicket, bringing back CSK in the contest.

Both the batters fired every RCB bowlers to skies and meanwhile, Rayudu bought his second fifty of the season in the 14th over.

On the other hand, Dhoni too, notched up his second fifty in the 18th over with Chennai’s scorecard reading 169/4.

Just when the visitors were inching closer towards the target, a brilliant throw by Umesh Yadav from short third man area saw the end of Rayudu, who was trying to gather couple of runs.

With 30 required off the last two overs, Chennai managed to accumulate 14 runs in the 19th over bowled by Mohammed Siraj to make the issue another nail-biter.

A boundary and a huge six by Dwayne Bravo (14 not out off seven) off the first two deliveries followed by a six by Dhoni sealed another win for Chennai in an edge of the seat match.

For RCB, Chahal was the pick of the bowlers bagging two wickets for 26 runs while spinner Pawan Negi and Yadav scalped a wicket each.

Brief Scores: Royal Challengers Bangalore 205/8 (AB de Villiers 68, Quinton de Kock 53; Mandeep Singh 32; Imran Tahir 2/35) vs Chennai Super Kings 207/ 5 in 19.4 overs (Ambati Rayudu 82, MS 70 not out; Yuzvendra Chahal 2/26).

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BCCI recommends Kohli for Khel Ratna, Dravid for Dronacharya, Gavaskar for Dhyan Chand

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Kolkata, April 26: The Board of Control for Cricket in India (BCCI) has recommended Virat Kohli for the Rajiv Gandhi Khel Ratna honour while former India captain Rahul Dravid’s name was recommended for the prestigious Dronacharya award.

Legendary opener Sunil Gavaskar has been recommended for Dhyan Chand Lifetime Achievement Award.

India captain Kohli has been the face of the sport for some time now and is often compared to the great Sachin Tendulkar for his exploits with the bat.

Dravid, meanwhile, coached India U-19 team to World Cup glory earlier in 2018.

Gavaskar’s contribution to India cricket has been immense and he is know as the original ‘Little Master’ who batted like no other during his times.

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IPL 2018: Sunrisers pacer Siddarth Kaul reprimanded for breach of conduct

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Mumbai, April 25: Sunrisers Hyderabad (SRH) pacer Siddharth Kaul has been reprimanded for breaching the Indian Premier League (IPL) code of conduct during a match against Mumbai Indians at the Wankhede Stadium here.

“Siddarth Kaul, the Sunrisers Hyderabad bowler, was issued a reprimand during his team’s Indian Premier League encounter against Mumbai Indians at the Wankhede Stadium on Tuesday,” an IPL statement read on Wednesday.

“Kaul admitted to the Level 1 offence under 2.1.4 of the IPL code of conduct for players and team officials and accepted the sanction,” the statement added.

What resulted in the breach of conduct was, however, not mentioned in the statement.

The 27-year-old has been in fine form this season, scalping nine wickets from six games.

He took three wickets during the 31-run win over Mumbai on Tuesday.

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