Sourav Ganguly Turns 51: A Cricketing Legend, Best Left-Handed Batsman of India

Sourav Ganguly Turns 51: Sourav Ganguly, one of India’s greatest cricket captains, celebrated his 51st birthday amidst a wave of wishes from the cricketing community. Ganguly’s international cricket journey began with his ODI debut in the 1992 Benson and Hedges World Series against the West Indies, marking the start of his illustrious 16-year career representing the country. He was known for his exceptional batting skills. He was one of India’s finest left-handed batsmen, especially in ODIs. He scored 11,363 runs in 311 matches at an impressive average of 41.02, including 22 centuries.

Sourav Ganguly Turns 51: A Cricketing Legend

Glorious Career

  • Ganguly made his international debut in 1992 and served the country for 16 years.
  • Considered one of the finest left-handed batters in India, particularly in ODIs.
  • Achievements: 7212 runs in 113 Tests (avg. 42.17) with 16 centuries, 11,363 runs in 311 ODIs (avg. 41.02) with 22 centuries.

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Captaincy of Sourav Ganguly

  • It was as a captain that Ganguly left an indelible mark. He took charge of the team during a challenging period, following the match-fixing scandal in 2000, and famously led India to victory in a Test series against Steve Waugh’s formidable Australian team, including the memorable win at the Eden Gardens after being forced to follow on.
  • Ganguly’s captaincy also guided India to the final of the 2003 World Cup and the 2002 Champions Trophy, where India was declared joint winners with Sri Lanka due to rain.
  • Under Ganguly’s leadership, numerous talented players were given opportunities and support, transforming into match-winners for India.
  • Ganguly served as the BCCI president from 2019 to 2022. He makes significant contributions during his tenure.

Heartwarming Wishes

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  • Birthday wishes poured in from various personalities and cricketing legends. The BCCI and its office bearers, former teammates, and current cricketers joined in sending their regards to ‘Dada’ on his special day.
  • BCCI’s official handle tweeted a birthday wish to Ganguly, acknowledging his impressive career statistics of 424 international matches, 18,575 international runs, and 38 international centuries.
  • BCCI secretary Jay Shah tweeted a heartfelt message, wishing Ganguly good health, and prosperity, and expressing anticipation for future meetings.
  • Sachin Tendulkar shared a nostalgic picture of himself with Ganguly, reminiscing about their time on the field and extending warm wishes.
  • Yuvraj Singh, the former India all-rounder, tweeted a playful message, hinting at future pranks with Ganguly while expressing his love and birthday greetings.
  • Wasim Jaffer, former India batter, praised Ganguly for elevating Indian cricket to new heights, accompanied by an old picture of Ganguly donning the iconic jersey.
  • Arun Singh Dhumal, current IPL chairman, and former BCCI treasurer, sent his wishes to Ganguly, hoping for good health, fortune, and eternal bliss.
  • Harbhajan Singh, former India spinner, referred to Ganguly as the “Tiger” and “Prince of Kolkata” while conveying his birthday wishes filled with love.
  • Dinesh Karthik, an Indian wicket-keeper batter, hailed Ganguly as a legendary cricketer and an exceptional leader, extending his best wishes.
  • On the 51st birthday of Saurav Ganguly, the cricketing world acknowledges his immense contributions to Indian cricket as a player, captain, and administrator. The occasion is marked by heartfelt messages from colleagues, teammates, and fans, all recognizing Ganguly’s significant impact on the game and wishing him a fulfilling year ahead.
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Sachin-Tendulkar

Conclusion

Sourav Ganguly Turns 51: Sourav Ganguly, a legendary cricketer, and inspirational leader, celebrates his 51st birthday. His remarkable career, transformative captaincy, and nurturing of talent have left an indelible mark on Indian cricket.

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