Happy Birthday Dada: Sourav Ganguly turns 48
Kolkata: Former Indian skipper Sourav Ganguly, who had changed the course of cricket in India in the early 21st century and even created a fighting batch of cricketers who achieved remarkable targets for the national side in their careers, on Wednesday turned 48.
Netizens wished the cricketer on his special day by posting messages on social media.
Look Back in Wonder:
Ganguly, who made his international debut in 1992, hanged his boots in 2008 after playing a series against Australia. The southpaw made a memorable Test debut with a hundred at iconic Lord's in 1996.
In 113 Tests, Ganguly scored 7,212 runs at an average of 42.17. In his One Day International (ODI) career, he played several mesmerising knocks and scored 11,363 runs in 311 matches.
Though he was a prime batsman in the Indian team between 1996 and 2000, Ganguly is best known for his captaincy which had redefined the Indian cricket. Taking over the charge of the team from Sachin Tendulkar in 2000 amid the match-fixing scandal, the Bengali man led his team to the World Cup final in 2003 but missed the chance to lift the trophy.
Winning Natwest Trophy and Champions Trophy, beating Australia at home and level Test series away, clinching both Test and ODI series victories against Pakistan in their soil are few of the feats which Ganguly's "Team India" had achieved.
He was also the most successful Test captain until the record was broken by his successor Mahendra Singh Dhoni.
The darkest phase of his career came with the appointment of Greg Chappell as the Indian coach in 2005. Though it was Ganguly who was instrumental in appointing Chappell, the former captain was dropped straight away from the national team and was kept out of international cricket for six months completely.
In Dec 2006, Ganguly made a comeback with his not out 51 against South Africa and once again cemented his position in the Indian batting line up which was facing a bit of problem in that phase.
Though he was once again dropped from the ODI team by skipper Dhoni in early 2008, Ganguly played Test cricket till the end of the same year. In his last Test series against Australia, Ganguly was one of the top scorers with a hundred. In his last match, unlike in debut, he scored 85 and a duck.
In his Indian Premier League (IPL) stint, Ganguly's captaincy however didn't yield much to Bollywood superstar Shah Rukh Khan's franchise Kolkata Knight Riders (KKR) in the initial years and eventually he was not picked by the team management in 2011.
Again he made a comeback for Pune Warriors India (PWI) in the same year, but his poor record as an IPL captain continued even with the new franchise. He played his last IPL in 2012.
Post-retirement, Ganguly was seen playing diverse roles. He ventured into show hosting, cricket commentary as well as cricket administration.
He is presently the president of BCCI.
The International Cricket Council wished the ex-captain on the special day with a heart-melting post.
ðŸ Third-fastest to 10,000 ODI runs— ICC (@ICC) July 8, 2020
â Holds the record for the highest individual score in CWC for India
ðŸ¥ˆ 2003 ICC Men's @cricketworldcup runner-up
ðŸ§¢ Captained India to 11 wins in 28 overseas Tests
Happy birthday to one of ðŸ‡®ðŸ‡³'s most successful captains, Sourav Ganguly ðŸ™Œ pic.twitter.com/7MJe1cXcVS
"Happy birthday to one of's most successful captains, Sourav Ganguly," th Council said.
#HappyBirthdayDada#DadaOpensWithMayank— BCCI (@BCCI) July 7, 2020
The most awaited episode is out. DO NOT MISS this special segment where @mayankcricket gets @SGanguly99 to reveal some of the most fascinating behind the scenes stories.
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Sharing a video interview, BCCI posted: "#HappyBirthdayDada."
Former Indian cricketer Sachin Tendulkar posted: "Happy birhday Dadi!Hope our off-field partnership keeps going strong like our on-field ones. Wish you a blessed year ahead."
Happy birhday Dadi!— Sachin Tendulkar (@sachin_rt) July 8, 2020
Hope our off-field partnership keeps going strong like our on-field ones. Wish you a blessed year ahead. pic.twitter.com/bm4Qu30o4G