Born on July 8, 1972, former India captain Sourav Ganguly turned 47 on Monday. Affectionately known as Dada’, Ganguly is one of Indian Cricket’s most iconic personalities.
Sourav Ganguly changed the face of Indian cricket with his unparallel leadership, aggressive approach and unmatched batting skills.
Sourav Ganguly made his Test debut against England and went onto register a century at Lord’s. Ganguly received the nickname God of off side’ due to his exemplary skill of playing shots on the off side.
With 11,363 runs in 311 ODIs, Ganguly is currently the third highest run-scorer for India in the 50-over-format. Sourav Ganguly shared great camaraderie with Sachin Tendulkar and both went onto put together 6,609 runs in 136 matches that includes 21 century partnerships and 23 fifty run partnerships.
Sourav Ganguly was handed over the captaincy of Indian team in 2000, when Indian Cricket was going through a period of turmoil. Ganguly changed the mindset of Indian players and instilled the belief to win overseas and play the game with an aggressiveness approach.
As a captain, Ganguly is India’s joint most successful skipper overseas. He drew a Test series in England and Australia as well beat Pakistan at their own backyard.
Ganguly 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.