Former Indian skipper Sourav Ganguly turned 47 on Sunday, 8 July. The cricketer turned administrator is now a part of the commentary team in the Cricket World Cup in England.
Having made his international debut in 1992, Ganguly burst onto the internation scene in 1996 during India’s tour to England. He scored a ton on his Test debut at Lord’s and followed it up with another century at Trent Bridge.
Having taken over he captaincy in 2000, after Mohammed Azharuddin had to controversially step down amid match-fixing allegations, Ganguly started a new trend in Indian cricket - of aggressive captaincy.
Under him, Indian won a Test series against Australia in 2001 against a formidable Australian team led by Steve Waugh. The victory in the Kolkata Test match remains the best moment of that Test series victory.
His next big achievement was winning the Natwest Final against England in 2002 at Lord’s. ‘Dada’ removing his shirt at the Lord’s balcony remains a sight that is still fresh in the mind of the Indian fans.
Taking India to the 2003 World Cup final was Ganguly’s highest point as India captain. However, they lost the final against a mighty Australian team led by Ricky Ponting on the day.
Meanwhile, his former Indian teammates took to Twitter to wish him on his 47th birthday. Here’s what they said.
Happy Birthday to a 56” Captain , Dada @SGanguly99 !— Virender Sehwag (@virendersehwag) July 8, 2019
56 inch chest,
8th day of the 7th month, 8*7 = 56 and a World Cup average of 56. #HappyBirthdayDada , May God Bless You ! pic.twitter.com/Dcgj9jrEUE
Happy birthday Dada, you've always been an inspiration for me and all the youth out there ? @SGanguly99— cheteshwar pujara (@cheteshwar1) July 8, 2019
Happy Birthday to a man who brought about a fantastic transition in Indian cricket, a brilliant leader who backed guys he believed in to the fullest . But aise kaun chadhta hai , Dada @SGanguly99 #HappyBirthdayDada pic.twitter.com/tuOwPejGm1— Mohammad Kaif (@MohammadKaif) July 8, 2019
Happy birthday dada!!!! You have been the greatest pillar to Indian cricket!!! Thanks for your guidance towards everything!!! A true legend who has made some golden memories ??? May god shower lots of blessings and love! @SGanguly99 pic.twitter.com/VqkDLsOhzm— Ishant Sharma (@ImIshant) July 8, 2019
Some close acquaintances whom Ganguly has known over the years also wished him on his birthday.
A very happy birthday to someone I have known and admired for many years. @SGanguly99. Place in history. Place in the future.— Harsha Bhogle (@bhogleharsha) July 8, 2019
.@SGanguly99 happy bday! Will see you once you reach Manchester tonight and must have the cake together. Have a great day and a great year.— Boria Majumdar (@BoriaMajumdar) July 8, 2019
Ganguly retired from international cricket in 2008, after making a memorable comeback in 2006 since getting dropped from the team in 2005.
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