Happy Birthday, Sourav Ganguly!

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Sourav Ganguly, often hailed as one of the most influential figures in Indian cricket, is celebrated for introducing an aggressive brand of cricket to the national team. Taking over as captain during a tumultuous period marked by a match-fixing scandal, Ganguly led India from the brink of despair to becoming formidable competitors, especially in overseas series.

Ganguly’s international journey began in 1992 with his ODI debut against the West Indies. Four years later, he made a stunning entry into Test cricket in England, scoring back-to-back centuries and cementing his reputation in the longer format of the game. As captain, he led India to the final of the 2003 ODI World Cup, though they were ultimately defeated by Ricky Ponting’s Australia.

As Sourav Ganguly celebrates his 52nd birthday today, July 8, it’s a fitting time to revisit his remarkable career and contributions to Indian cricket.

During his tenure as captain, Ganguly guided India to numerous significant victories, with the most memorable being the NatWest Series win in 2002. India’s thrilling two-wicket victory over England at Lord’s culminated in Ganguly’s iconic celebration, waving his jersey from the Lord’s balcony—a moment etched in the hearts of Indian cricket fans.

Ganguly’s career faced significant turbulence in 2005 following the appointment of Greg Chappell as India’s head coach. Chappell’s critical email to the BCCI about Ganguly’s leadership was leaked, leading to Ganguly being dropped from the team and replaced by Rahul Dravid as captain. However, the “Prince of Calcutta” refused to be deterred and made a triumphant comeback during the 2006 tour of South Africa, finishing as the series’ top scorer. In 2007, Ganguly achieved his career-best Test score of 239 against Pakistan in Bangalore. He retired from international cricket in 2008 and from all forms of the game in 2012.

Even after retiring, Ganguly continued to contribute to the sport. He transitioned into a commentator and in 2015, was elected President of the Cricket Association of Bengal following the passing of Jagmohan Dalmiya.

In the 2019 Indian Premier League (IPL), Ganguly joined Delhi Capitals as a mentor but stepped down the following season after being appointed President of the Board of Control for Cricket in India (BCCI). He was the second captain after Sunil Gavaskar to lead the BCCI. His term as BCCI President ended in October 2022, succeeded by Roger Binny. Currently, Ganguly serves as the Head of Cricket (Director) for Delhi Capitals.

Sourav Ganguly’s legacy in Indian cricket is profound, marked by his resilience, leadership, and the aggressive spirit he instilled in the team. His journey from a player to a leader and now an administrator continues to inspire countless cricket enthusiasts around the world. Happy Birthday to the Prince of Calcutta, Sourav Ganguly! Your legacy continues to inspire. 🎂🏏 #HappyBirthdayDada

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