One of the best captain to have lead the Indian team, Sourav Ganguly, the stylish left-handed opener was known for his tactical nuance and unadulterated passion for the game. He is credited with changing the face of Indian cricket and helping India compete with the best and become a super house of cricket. His numerous personal achievements show why Dada (as he is fondly called) will always be held in the highest esteems whenever cricketing legends are discussed.
- Despite having the third largest printing business in Asia, Ganguly chose cricket over it. He left the comfort of his 30 room mansion to toil and go through endless drills to become a world-class player.
- Even after having an immense passion for football and wanting to pursue football as a sport, he was persuaded by his older brother Snehashish to take up cricket when he was in Class 10. The rest is history.
- Because his brother was left-handed, Sourav learned to bat left-handed so that he could then use his elder brother’s kit despite being a right-handed person otherwise.
- He is the only cricketer to win four consecutive ‘Man of the Match’ awards in ODIs. One of the few cricketers in the world to achieve10, 000 runs, 100 wickets & 100 catches in ODIs.
- Fastest batsman to reach 9,000 ODI runs. Eight highest run scorer in ODIs with 11,363 runs.
- India’s most successful Test captain overseas. Changed the face of Indian cricket by winning series in countries never dreamed of before. He won 11 out of 28 matches that he led.
- Highest score in a World Cup (183). Also, the first Indian to score a century in the World Cup.
- Holds the record to hit the most centuries as captain in a World Cup with three centuries in the 2003 World Cup. Lead India to the final of that World Cup on the back of some scintillating performances.
- The only player whose average never went below 40 in test cricket.
- In 1998 Ganguly was named Sportstar Person of the Year. He also won the Arjuna Award in the same year for his sporting heroics.
- In 2000 Ganguly won the CEAT cricketer of the year award and the CEAT Captain of the year award in the subsequent year
- Was awarded the Padma Shri in 2004.
- Ganguly is today the co-owner of Atlético de Kolkata, a franchise of the Indian Super League, which won the inaugural season in 2014. He is also a part of the BCCI core committee and a frequent commentator.
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