Sourav Ganguly is celebrating his 48th birthday today. Credited with the rise of Indian cricket while instilling aggression and a firm belief that they can win overseas, Ganguly continues to be an icon.
Before he made name as a captain, Ganguly had established himself as one of the finest left-handers to have played the game. His off-side strokeplay led another India legend Rahul Dravid giving this famous quote: On the offside, first there is God, then Sourav Ganguly.
Ganguly made his debut as a 20-year-old, at the hallowed Lord’s cricket ground. He would immediately announce himself to the world with a sublime century on debut and the rest as they say, is history.
He went on to play 113 Tests, scored 7212 runs at 42.17 including 16 centuries and 35 half-centuries.
In ODIs, it was a treat to watch him hit those big sixes. In 311 appearances, Dada amassed 11363 runs with 22 hundreds and 72 fifties.
Ganguly was handed the team’s rein during a tumultuous period of Indian cricket when the match-fixing scandal in 2000 shook them to the core.