Ganguly holds a special place in Indian cricket. His life history is full of wonderful achievements and have list of records that we will list in this article. For a specific time period in his playing days he was at once the most hated and most loved player in the team. His captaincy tenure has got to be one of the most chronicled ones in recent times, but his records and achievements make india successful most of the times. Here we discuss more about him in the article below
Sourav Ganguly Life History:
Starting about life history, Sourav Chandidas Ganguly was born on 8th of July 1972 in Kolkata he is also known as “DADA” which means ‘’elder brother’’ among his team mates. Ganguly was initially attracted to the football game as it is very famous in Kolkata at then. However, academics came in-between his love for sports and Nirupa was not very supportive of Ganguly taking up cricket or any other sport as a career. By then, his elder brother Snehasish was already an established cricketer for the Bengal cricket team. He supported Ganguly’s dream to be a cricketer and asked their father to get Ganguly enrolled in a cricket coaching camp during his summer holidays. Ganguly was studying in tenth grade at that time
- Test debut Jun 20, 1996, vs England, Lord’s
- Last Test Nov 06, 2008, vs Australia, Vidarbha Cricket Association Stadium
- ODI debut Jan 11, 1992, vs West Indies, The Gabba
- Last ODI Nov 15, 2007, vs Pakistan, Captain Roop Singh Stadium
- IPL debut vs Royal Challengers Bangalore, Apr 18, 2008, M.Chinnaswamy Stadium
- Last IPL vs Kolkata Knight Riders, May 19, 2012, Maharashtra Cricket Association Stadium
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The “Prince of Kolkata” went on to become one of the greatest ODI batsmen of all time, although his career halted at regular intervals. He became an effective Test captain, carving a bunch of young and talented players into a winning unit. His stroke play was a combination of grace and precision, and his domination on the off-side masked him as the “God on the off side”. While his critics opined that he was unable to face bouncers, others were amazed by his marvellous ability to galvanise the field on the off side with crystal clear precision. Together with Sachin Tendulkar, he formed one of the most damaging opening pairs in cricket history. However, he was always under the hammer for his lack of fitness and field athleticism.
Regarded as one of India’s most successful captains in modern times, Sourav Ganguly will be best remembered for his elegant cricketing style and vast contribution to Indian cricket in a career that spanned around 15 long years. He was not only India’s most successful overseas captain, but also ensured he infused an unknown term in India that times called as ‘aggression’ and ‘passion’. The 2003 World Cup final would always be the biggest achievement where most of the critics did not rate even rate India to cross the Super Six. Also read about the Life history of sunil gavaskar
“Dada” as he is known, took over as the captain of the Indian team at a time when the game of cricket was disrupted with match-fixing allegations in 2000. Ganguly emerged as a tough, able and an adamant leader, who took his team to miraculous heights, winning Test matches away. India continued to be on the winning streak right till the 2003 ICC Cricket World Cup finals. Soon after, his career saw a downfall as the loss of his personal form coincided with India’s bland ODI performances and a new leader arrived in the form of Rahul Dravid. Surprisingly, he made a splendid comeback after being axed from captaincy and continued his prolific scoring in Test cricket. He was omitted from the ODI squad, never to be recalled. The “Maharaja” finally retired from international cricket in 2008 after playing his last Test against Australia at home. . He was given an emotional farewell with the captain MS Dhoni handing him over the reins for a while in the fag end of his last Test in Nagpur in 2008.
Records and achievements of Sourav Ganguly
We have listed some of valuable and precious records being made by Sourav Ganguly. Have a look at these achievements.
- The only cricketer to win four consecutive man of the match awards in One Day Internationals.
- The eighth highest run-scorer in ODI history and second among the Indians, with 11,363 runs.
- The fastest batsman to reach 9,000 ODI runs.
- One of the only five cricketers to have achieved the unique treble of 10,000 runs, 100 wickets & 100 catches in ODI cricket.
- He holds the record that his test batting average never went down below 40.
- Has the highest individual score by an Indian batsman (183) in the Cricket World Cup.
- One of the 14 cricketers in the world to have played 100 or more Tests and 300 or more ODIs.
- India’s most successful Test captain overseas, winning 11 out of 28 matches that he led.
- The Government of West Bengal honoured Ganguly with the Banga Bibhushan Award on 20 May 2013. This is how Sourav Ganguly was renowned in his country on the behalf of his achievements.
- He was also awarded the Padma Shri, one of the highest civilian awards in India, in 2004.