Indian cricket has seen many great captains till now, one of whom is Sourav Ganguly. In the year 2000, when the Indian team got caught in the trap of fixing, Ganguly became the captain and pulled the team out of this darkness. Sourav Ganguly is celebrating his 51st birthday today. On this special day, the fans of former BCCI President Sourav Ganguly are constantly congratulating him through social media.
Sourav Ganguly’s international career started in the year 1992 with ODI debut against West Indies. After this Ganguly had to wait a long time for the next opportunity. In the year 1996, on the tour of England, Ganguly got a chance to make a Test debut and he gave everyone an idea of himself by scoring a century in the very first Test. Under Ganguly’s captaincy, Team India started defeating England as well as Australia at home.
Played a record inning of 183 runs in the 1999 World Cup
In the match against Sri Lanka in the 1999 ODI World Cup, a historic inning of 183 runs was played with the bat of Sourav Ganguly. Ganguly’s innings of 183 off 158 balls was then the second highest innings in World Cup history.
Taught bullying to Team India under his captaincy
In the year 2000, when Sourav Ganguly was made the captain of Team India, the team was going through a phase of change. It included many new young players including important players like Virender Sehwag, Yuvraj Singh, Mohammad Kaif and Zaheer Khan. Ganguly not only gave everyone a chance under his captaincy but also made him a big star player. In 2002, under the captaincy of Ganguly, Team India won the ICC Champions Trophy for the first time. The same year, Team India also saw the threat of Sourav Ganguly at Lord’s as India defeated England in a thrilling match at home in the final of the NatWest Trophy. It was from here that the fans started seeing the fearless style of Team India on the field.
Gave a tough fight to the Australian team and stopped their winning streak
It is not an easy task for any team to face and beat the Australian team since the 90s, but the Indian team has done it. Under the leadership of Sourav Ganguly, when the team reached Australia to play a 4-match series, it managed to win 1 match in the Test series. Looking at this foreign tour, it was considered a big victory for Team India at that time. Apart from this, under the leadership of Ganguly, Team India worked to stop the winning chariot of the Australian team by winning 16 consecutive Tests on the home ground.
After retirement, he assumed important responsibilities as the President of BCCI.
After retiring from international cricket, Sourav Ganguly took over his responsibilities as a cricket administrator. In this, he has also been the President of the Board of Control for Cricket in India (BCCI). Currently, he is serving as the director of the IPL franchise Delhi Capitals.