Former India captain Sourav Ganguly turned 51 on Saturday, July 8, 2023. He is one of the most successful captains of Team India. It is said about him that he gave a chance to the youth and formed a new Team India. The debutants under his captaincy were instrumental in winning the 2007 T20 World Cup and the 2011 ODI World Cup. His parents used to call Ganguly as Maharaj. Former England veteran Geoffrey Boycott called him the Prince of Calcutta. Both these names of his became very famous.
Last season, Ganguly was made the Director of Operations of the Delhi Capitals team after his tenure as BCCI President ended. Under Ganguly’s captaincy, Team India became joint winners of the Champions Trophy in 2002. He made India the champion in the Natwest Trophy in England. He led the team to the final of the 2003 World Cup. However, the dream of winning the title was not fulfilled then. In 2004, under his captaincy, the team toured Pakistan and won the ODI-Test series.
This player was prepared under the captaincy of Ganguly
During his captaincy, Ganguly groomed many youngsters and gave them opportunities. The Indian team included players like Virender Sehwag, Harbhajan Singh, Yuvraj Singh, Zaheer Khan and Mahendra Singh Dhoni who went on to become great cricketers.
Special records of Sourav Ganguly
Sourav Ganguly is among the five players who have scored 10,000 runs, 100 wickets and 100 catches in ODIs.
Ganguly was the first player to score three centuries in the ICC Champions Trophy.
The record of scoring 117 runs in the final of the Champions Trophy has been recorded in the name of Sourav Ganguly. He scored 117 against New Zealand in the year 2000.
Sourav Ganguly is the only player to win four consecutive Man of the Match awards in ODIs.
Sourav Ganguly is considered the best Test captain. Under his leadership, India won 11 out of 28 Tests abroad. This record of his was broken by Kohli.
Ganguly is at the 9th position in terms of making the most runs (11363) in ODIs. He is third among Indians after Sachin Tendulkar and Virat Kohli.
Sourav Ganguly holds the record for scoring the most runs for India in ODI World Cup. Ganguly scored 183 against Sri Lanka at Taunton in 1999.