Former Indian skipper and the current Board of Control for Cricket in India (BCCI) President Sourav Ganguly turned 49 today. Sourav Ganguly is counted as one of the greatest captains India has ever produced. He is credited for turning the fortunes of Indian cricket. He took over the captaincy when India Cricket was in turmoil due to the match-fixing saga. Ganguly worked hard on his batting and finding the right talent to build a strong team.
Under his leadership, he produced some world-class cricketers such as Virender Sehwag, MS Dhoni, Yuvraj Singh and Zaheer Khan among others. Sourav Ganguly made several records at the highest level of the game. Under his captaincy, team India had won 11 out of 28 Tests with a win percentage of 42.85.
On his birthday, we take a look at some of the colossal achievements of the revered player:
- Sourav Ganguly led India to the finals of the 2000 ICC knockout Trophy. In the following year, the Men in Blue registered a historic 2-1 win in the 2001 Border-Gavaskar Trophy against Australia.
- Sourav Ganguly holds the record for scoring the most runs in a partnership for any wicket along with Sachin Tendulkar. The duo has scored 8227 runs together in ODIs.
- Sourav Ganguly is one of the five international cricketers to have scored 10,000 runs, 100 wickets, and 100 catches in ODI.
- He holds the record of the highest individual score (117) by any batsman in an ICC Champions Trophy final.
- He is also the first player to score three centuries in the history of the ICC Champions Trophy.
- Sourav Ganguly is the highest individual scorer for India in World Cups.
- Sourav Ganguly is the only Indian cricketer to win 4 consecutive Man of the Match awards.
- It was under Ganguly’s captaincy that the Indian Cricket Team broke Australia’s unbeaten Test match winning record at the Eden Gardens, Kolkata, in 2002-2002.
- He is the fastest batsman to score 9000 runs in ODI.
- Ganguly is the winner of the prestigious Padma Shri award, the fourth highest civilian award in India, for his outstanding contribution to cricket. He was honored with the award in 2004.