Sourav Ganguly

Country: India
Born: July 08, 1972, Calcutta (now Kolkata), Bengal
Height: 5ft 11in
Batting Style: Left hand Bat
Bowling Style: Right arm Medium
Playing role: Batter

Sourav Ganguly Bio

Sourav Chandidas Ganguly is widely regarded as one of the greatest cricketers to have emerged from India. Born on July 8, 1972, in Kolkata, Ganguly’s journey in cricket is as fascinating as his playing style on the field. Known for his graceful strokeplay, remarkable captaincy skills, and unwavering determination, Ganguly has left an indelible mark on the sport.

Ganguly’s cricketing career had a slow start, with his talent hidden beneath the surface. However, a scintillating debut century against England at Lord’s in 1996 changed his fortune. This astonishing innings paved the way for his inclusion in the one-day internationals where he formed a formidable opening partnership with the legendary Sachin Tendulkar.

In 2000, Ganguly was entrusted with the captaincy, taking over the reins of the Indian cricket team after a period marred by match-fixing scandals. Known for his tough and uncompromising leadership style, Ganguly transformed the team into a fighting unit. Under his stewardship, India started winning Test matches away from home and reached the final of the 2003 ICC World Cup.

One of Ganguly’s most memorable moments came during India’s tour of Australia in 2003-2004. On a fast and bouncy wicket at Brisbane, he played an unexpected and incandescent century, setting the tone for the series. This courageous innings was a testament to Ganguly’s resilience and determination.

However, as his personal form declined, India’s ODI performances suffered, and his differences with coach Greg Chappell surfaced, Ganguly faced a difficult phase in his career. His exclusion from the team led many to believe that his time was over. Yet, Ganguly’s remarkable comeback in 2006-2007 silenced critics and proved his resilience.

During the series against South Africa, Ganguly emerged as the highest run-scorer for India and followed it up with back-to-back Test centuries against Pakistan in Bangalore. However, his exclusion from the ODI squad for the CB Series in Australia raised questions about his future in the limited-overs format.

Despite the ups and downs, Ganguly continued to display his class. During the test series in England, he finished as the second-highest scorer for India, further cementing his reputation as a reliable batsman. However, his retirement from international cricket seemed imminent after a poor performance in Sri Lanka.

Fortunately, Ganguly was given a lifeline when he was included in the Test squad for the series against Australia at home. Just two days before the first Test, he announced that it would be his last series. This decision marked the end of an illustrious career spanning 113 Test matches and 311 ODI appearances.

Beyond his playing career, Ganguly has also contributed to the cricketing world as an administrator. He served as the President of the Board of Control for Cricket in India (BCCI) from 2019 to 2020 and played a crucial role in shaping Indian cricket.

Sourav Ganguly’s impact on Indian cricket cannot be overstated. With his elegance, determination, and exceptional leadership qualities, he not only inspired a generation of cricketers but also brought Indian cricket to new heights. A true legend of the game, Ganguly’s legacy will be cherished for years to come.

Sourav Ganguly Career Stats

Sourav Ganguly Batting Stats

Batting Matches Innings Nos Runs High Score Ave BF SR 100s 50s 4s 6s Ct St
Tests 113 188 17 7212 239 42.17 14070 51.25 16 35 900 57 71 0
T20Is - - - - - - - - - - - - - -
ODIs 311 300 23 11363 183 41.02 15416 73.7 22 72 1122 190 100 0
FC 254 399 44 15687 239 44.18 - - 33 89 - - 168 0
List A 437 421 43 15622 183 41.32 - - 31 97 - - 131 0
T20s 77 73 4 1726 91 25.01 1613 107 0 8 184 51 28 0

Sourav Ganguly Bowling Stats

Bowling Matches Innings Balls Runs Wkts BBI BBM Ave Econ SR 4w 5w 10w
Tests 113 99 3117 1681 32 3/28 3/37 52.53 3.23 97.4 0 0 0
T20Is - - - - - - - - - - - - -
ODIs 311 171 4561 3849 100 5/16 5/16 38.49 5.06 45.6 1 2 0
FC 254 - 11108 6099 167 6/46 - 36.52 3.29 66.5 - 4 0
List A 437 - 8199 6646 171 5/16 5/16 38.86 4.86 47.9 4 2 0
T20s 77 37 573 756 29 3/27 3/27 26.06 7.91 19.7 0 0 0

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