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Sourav Chandidas Ganguly

Sourav Chandidas Ganguly was born on 8 July 1972 is an ex- Indian cricketer, and captain of the Indian national squad. Born into a well heeled family, Ganguly was introduced into the world of cricket by his elder brother Snehasish. He is considered as one of India's most thriving skippers in recent times. He started his career by playing in state and school sides. At present, he is the 5th highest run scorer in One Day Internationals (ODIs) and was the 5th person in account to cross the 10,000 run landmark. He is only the 2nd Indian to traverse that mark in ODIs, after Sachin Tendulkar. Wisden ranked him the sixth maximum one day international batsman of all instance, subsequently to Viv Richards, Sachin Tendulkar, Brian Lara, Dean Jones and Michael Bevan.

After a sequence of playing in diverse Indian domestic contests such as the Ranji and Duleep trophies, Ganguly got his big-break while playing for India on their trip to England. He scored 131 runs and cemented his place in the Indian squad. Ganguly's place in the side was guaranteed after flourishing performances in sequence in opposition to Sri Lanka, Pakistan and Australia, winning the Man of the Match awards. In the 1999 Cricket World Cup, he was involved in a partnership of 318 runs with Rahul Dravid, which remains the top overall partnership score in the World Cup competition history.

Owing to the match-fixing scandals in 2000 by other players of the side, and for his poor health, Indian skipper Sachin Tendulkar reconciled his point, and Ganguly was made the leader of the Indian cricket side. He was soon the theme of media disapproval after an ineffective stretch for county side Durham and for taking off his shirt in the ending of the 2002 NatWest Trophy. He led India into the 2003 World Cup final, where they were overpowered by Australia. Owing to diminish in entity performance, he was crashed from the squad in the subsequent year. Ganguly was awarded the Padma Shri in 2004, one of India's maximum civilian awards. He revisited to the National squad in 2006, and made thriving batting displays. Approximately this point, he became involved in a heated discussion with Indian panel coach Greg Chappell over numerous misapprehensions. Ganguly was again plunged from the side; on the other hand he was preferred to play in the 2007 Cricket World Cup.

Ganguly adhered the Kolkata Knight Riders side as skipper for the Indian Premier League Twenty20 cricket tournament in 2008. The similar year, after a home Test series in opposition to Australia, he announced his withdrawal from international cricket. He sustained to play for the Bengal side and was selected the chairman of the Cricket Association of Bengal's Cricket Development Committee. The left-handed Ganguly was a prolific One Day International (ODI) batsman, with over 11,000 ODI runs to his praise. He is one of the most victorious Indian Test captains to date, endearing 21 out of 49 test matches. A hostile captain, Ganguly is accredited with having fostered the careers of many adolescent players who played under him, and renovating the Indian players into an aggressive fighting part.

Early Days

Ganguly on track playing Cricket at a very early period, as he got motivated by his elder bother Snehasish who played Cricket for Bengal. Amusingly, Sourav started playing with his left hand so that he could use his brother's Cricket device who himself was a left handed batsman. In his school days, Ganguly was the skipper of St. Xavier'sSchool.

Beginning of the Cricket Career

Sourav Ganguly illustrated a fine performance in the Ranji Trophy period of the year 1990-91. In the year 1992 he started his One Day International (ODI) Cricket profession with a match in opposition to West Indies, in which he snatched just 3 runs.

All over again in the domestic Cricket he achieved quite adequately for the duration of the years 1993-95. He achieved171 runs in an innings throughout the Duleep Trophy tournament of 1995-96 and was integrated in the national side for the England visit of the year 1996.

Test Debut

Sourav Ganguly made his Test Cricket first appearance at Lord's Cricket Ground, in which he gained a century with 131 runs. This has been the maximum score a batsman has accomplished at Lord's in his first appearance Test game.

Right through his Test Cricket career, Ganguly played 113 Test contests and gained a total of 7212 runs, together with 16 centuries and 35 half-centuries. He scored 900 fours and 57 sixes as a Test Cricket batsman. His highest gain in Test Cricket was 239 runs, and the overall Batting standard was 42.17 runs.
In the One Day International (ODI) Cricket, Ganguly played 311 matches and made a total gain of 11363 runs embracing of 22 centuries and 72 half-centuries. The record included 1122 fours and 190 sixes, and the overall Batting standard was 41.02 runs.

Successful Captaincy

Sourav Ganguly is said to be one of India's all time best Test Cricket Captains. After the game fixing outrage of the year 2000, He was acknowledged Captain of the squad. Underneath his Captaincy the Indian Cricket squad reached the contests of the World Cup Cricket 2003, where Australia strikes India to win the championship. For the duration of the year 2000-2005, he led the Indian Test Cricket side to 49 matches, out of which 21 were won by the side. He also led the Indian squad to 146 One Day International (ODI) Cricket contests, out of which 76 were won by the panel. In the year 2004, Ganguly was bestowed upon with the PadmaShri award.

The Comeback

Ganguly made a riposte to the Indian Cricket players in a tour match in opposition to Rest of South Africa, in which he scored 83 runs leading India to triumph. In his first Test Cricket innings after the return, he seized 51 runs in a Test match in opposition to South Africa. He also came rear to the Indian ODI band in the year 2007, and in his first ODI innings after the comeback achieved 98 runs in a match next to West Indies.

Ganguly's score of 66 runs was the maximum in the first round game of the Indian side in opposition to the Bangladesh side in World Cup 2007, even though the Indian team lost the game by 5 wickets.

He was named the head of the Kolkata Knight Riders squad in the IPL Twenty-20 Cricket tournament 2008. In a contest played stuck between Kolkata Knight Riders and Rajasthan Royals all through the tournament, Ganguly scored 51 runs off just 39 balls, which was his chief Twenty-20 Cricket gain.

Last Moments

Ganguly played his last Test Cricket game in opposition to Australia in the year 2008, and scored 85 runs. He played his last ODI Cricket game in opposition to Pakistan on 15th of November 2007, in which he achieved 5 runs.


Most amount of Test victories as India skipper; more than 10,000 runs in ODI cricket; peak ODI score by an Indian in World Cup; first Indian leader to win a Test sequence in Pakistan.

Sourav Chandidas Ganguly, generally recognized as Sourav Ganguly has been an associate of the Indian Cricket squad, and regarded to be one of the most victorious Captains ever of the Indian Cricket side. As a stuff of reality, the Indian Test Cricket squad won 21 Test Cricket games out of total 49 that were played under his Captainship, which is one of the best triumph rates any Captain of the Indian Test Cricket squad has ever managed to achieve. Not only this, Ganguly, tenderly known as Dada by his fans and Maharaj by his colleagues has to his tribute the feat of having fostered a number of proficient players who played under his Captainship. These embrace Virender Sehwag, Harbhajan Singh and Yuvraj Singh amid others.