Time to time there shows up a cricketer who changes the manner in which the game is looked at. A couple of individuals are conceived pioneers and Sourav Ganguly is positively one of them. With regards to Indian cricket, Sourav Ganguly is one name that modified the manner in which the world took a gander at India. From a huge football fan to considered as one of the most successful captain in the history of Indian cricket he gave us the best memories of Cricket.
Sourav Ganguly was born on July 8, 1972, in Kolkata (then Calcutta). He is second son of Chandidas and Nirupa Ganguly. Ganguly has a very luxurious lifestyle from the beginning as his father run a flourishing print business.
From the beginning Sourav was a huge fan of football but his parents didn’t want him to entangled with any sports for careers due to the academics. But his brother Shnehashish Ganguly was a Cricketer for bengal and helped Sourav to build a career in Cricket.
• He was enrolled in Cricket academy and became the Captain of St. Xavier’s School Cricket team.
• Sourav was selected to play for the Bengal team in 1989.
• He came to the limelight after an impressive show in the Ranji Trophy in the 1990-91 season.
• Sourav Ganguly made his international debut in the year 1992. But just after one game, he was omitted from the side for his alleged arrogance.
• After his knock of 171 in the 1995-96 Duleep Trophy, he was called back to the Indian side. He played an ODI on the tour to England and then was removed from the Test side.
• In the second Test of the tour that was played at the Lord’s London, he represented the national side for the first time in the whites.Ganguly scored 131. In the next Test, he scored 136 and became the third batsman in the history to score centuries in the first 2 inning.
• He scored his maiden ODI ton against Sri Lanka and then won consecutive Man of the Match award.
• He featured in the 1999 World Cup and struck 183 against Sri Lanka at Taunton which remained his highest score in ODI cricket.
After the resignation of Sachin Tendulkar from the captaincy Sourav Ganguly took over the leadership of Indian Cricket team and it become the game-changer for Indian Cricket.
India won an ODI series against South Africa and then made it to the finals of the ICC Knockout Trophy but New Zealand defeated India. But very next there was a rather unexpected victory against the mighty Aussies but certainly, the one that took the fans back to the game after the notorious match-fixing episode had constrained them to dismiss.
In the golden captaincy era of Sourav Ganguly India won the Natwest tri-series in England by defeating the hosts in the final on the back of a memorable partnership by Mohammad Kaif and Yuvraj Singh.
The memories of Ganguly waving his shirt on the Lord’s balcony are still fresh.
In 2003, India reached the final of the World Cup. Australia was too good in the final and won the World Cup. Ganguly’s decision of bowling first after winning the toss was criticized by many.
He won the Padma Shree, India’s fourth highest civilian award in 2004
During the Greg Chappel saga because of helpless run of structure and debates with the mentor, Sourav Ganguly was expelled from the captaincy and furthermore dropped from the side. Yet, he was recalled to the ODI side too and put in to noteworthy exhibitions that gave him a spot in the 2007 ODI World Cup.
In the Test series against Australia at home in 2008, he retired from international cricket after scoring 324 runs from 4 Tests at an average of 54.
After retirement, Sourav Ganguly has been active in the development of the game. Currently, he is the President of the Cricket Association of Bengal. In addition to that, he is the president of BCCI.