Birth Anniversary of Sourav Ganguly (Cricketer)
• Sourav Ganguly was born on 8 July 1972 in Behala, Kolkata. • At the age of 18, Sourav Ganguly made his Ranji Trophy debut in the finals between Bengal and Delhi at the Eden Gardens. • Based on Sourav Ganguly’s performances in the domestic competition, he was handed an ODI debut in January 1992 against West Indies. • Sourav Ganguly made his test debut at the Lord’s and made the highest score (131) by any batsman on debut at Lord’s. He again scored a century in the first innings of his second test and became only the third batsman to score centuries in first two innings of their career. • Sourav Ganguly then went onto score 1533 test runs including, four hundred and eight fifties and 3237 ODI runs including six hundred and 23 fifties from 1997 to the 1999 World Cup. He hit his career best score of 183 runs in ODIs during the 1999 World Cup. • In 2000, Sourav Ganguly was named the captain of the ODI team. He led the team to its first series victory against South Africa. He also successfully took the teams to the finals of the 2000 ICC Knockout Trophy. • Under Sourav Ganguly’s captaincy, India broke Australia’s streak of winning 16 consecutive test matches in 2001. • Another highlight of Sourav Ganguly’s career came during the Natwest Series where India beat England in an ODI at Lord's and he swayed his T-shirt from the Lord’s balcony. It was a response to Andrew Flintoff who swayed his T-shirt at the Wankhede Stadium in Mumbai. He also took the team to the finals of 2003 ICC World Cup, but lost to the Australians. • Sourav Ganguly retired from international cricket in October 2008 with the test series against Australia being his last. • Famously known as ‘Dada’ all over the world, Sourav Ganguly has played 113 Test matches and amassed 7212 runs including 16 hundred and 35 fifties. He also has 32 Test wickets to his name as a right arm medium pace bowler. • In ODIs, Sourav Ganguly played 311 matches and scored 11221 runs which makes him the 2nd highest run-getter in ODIs for India. It includes 22 centuries and 72 fifties. He took exactly 100 ODI wickets. • Sourav Ganguly entered the commentary box after his retirement and is an active administrator for the BCCI and ICC. He is appointed as the president of the Cricket Association of Bengal (CAB) and President of the editorial board with Wisden India.