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We have a glance back at Sourav Ganguly’s glorious journey, from cricket legend to BCCI President, as he celebrates his 52nd birthday.

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Donna Mack

Happiesttttttt Birthday Sourav Ganguly.

The BCCI was led by Ganguly, who was the second captain to do so after Sunil Gavaskar. It was in October of 2022 when Roger Binny took over the leadership role, which marked the end of his tenure. At the moment, Ganguly performs the duties of Head of Cricket (Director) for the Indian Premier League side Delhi Capitals.

Sourav Ganguly gave India an aggressive style of cricket. The ex-captain took over after a match-fixing scandal. Team India struggled in overseas series before Ganguly took over.

The left-handed hitter debuted in a 1992 ODI against the West Indies. Ganguly made his Test debut in England four years later, scoring back-to-back century. The Men in Blue succumbed to Ricky Ponting-led Australia in the 2003 ODI World Cup final.

We have a glance back at Sourav Ganguly's glorious journey, from cricket legend to BCCI President, as he celebrates his 52nd birthday.

At the moment now, on July 8th, Sourav Ganguly is celebrating his 52nd birthday. In light of this momentous milestone, let us take a moment to reflect on the distinguished career of the historic captain:

During his time as captain of Team India, Sourav Ganguly was instrumental in the team’s success in a number of significant competitions. The best of them occurred in 2002, when India won the NatWest series by defeating England in London. This victory was the best of them all. Following the visitors’ victory in the final by two wickets, Ganguly made a resounding gesture by waving his jersey from the renowned balcony of Lord’s. The significance of the occasion is still very much alive in the minds of every Indian fan.

During the appointment of Greg Chappell as India’s head coach in 2005, Sourav Ganguly’s career experienced a sufficient amount of turmoil. Chappell succeeded John Wright in that role. The texts that Chappel sent to the BCCI, in which he expressed his disapproval of Ganguly’s leadership abilities, were intercepted and distributed to the media. The decision was made to remove him from the national squad, and Rahul Dravid thereafter took over as captain of the team.

There was no way that the Prince of Calcutta would give up. It was during a tour of South Africa in 2006 that he had a stellar comeback, and he ended up being the player with the most runs scored in the foreign series. During the following year, Ganguly achieved his highest score in Test matches, which was 239, when playing against Pakistan in Bangalore. In 2008, the southpaw announced his departure from international cricket, and in 2012, he retired from performing in any capacity related to the sport.

Sourav Ganguly began his commentating career after retiring from cricket. He became Cricket Association of Bengal president in 2015 after Jagmohan Dalmiya died.

Delhi Capitals hired Sourav Ganguly as a coach before the 2019 IPL. After becoming BCCI president, he resigned next season.

Ganguly led the board following Sunil Gavaskar. His BCCI tenure ended in October 2022 when Roger Binny took over. Ganguly is Delhi Capitals’ cricket director.

International Cricket’s Top 5 Sourav Ganguly Innings

We have a glance back at Sourav Ganguly's glorious journey, from cricket legend to BCCI President, as he celebrates his 52nd birthday.

  1. Bengaluru (2007) against Pakistan 239
    After India lost three early wickets in the first innings, Sourav Ganguly took the crease. He scored 239 from 361 balls with 30 boundaries and two sixes. India scored 626 runs with Yuvraj Singh and Irfan Pathan scoring hundreds. The match concluded in a tie as Pakistan scored 162 on Day 5 while chasing 327 runs.
  2. 99, Tauntovn against 183V Sri Lanka
    Sourav Ganguly scored his greatest ODI score against Sri Lanka in 1999 World Cup. He scored 183 runs off 158 balls with 17 fours and seven maximums. He helped India score 373 in 50 overs and win by 157 runs.
  3. 144 vs Australia, Brisbane (2003) 144
    After Australia scored 323 in the first innings, India lost four wickets at 127. Sourav Ganguly and VVS Laxman salvaged the innings with a 146-run stand. Ganguly scored 144 runs with 18 boundaries in 196 deliveries. India failed to meet Australia’s 199-run mark. It ended in Brisbane with the visitors at 73/2.
  4. Nairobi (2000) 131V South Africa
    131 runs by Sourav Ganguly in the 2000 Champions Trophy semi-final decided the contest. As India scored 295 in the first innings, the left-handed opener hit 11 fours and six maximums for 141 runs. In response, South Africa folded for 200 runs in the 41st over.
  5. 131 vs London (1996)
    Lord’s hosted Sourav Ganguly and Rahul Dravid’s Test debut. Ganguly led India’s first innings with 131 runs. Dravid had a terrific innings but missed the century by five runs. England drew despite a third-innings collapse.

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