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Sourav Ganguly celebrates his 50th birthday today; fearless captain motivates Indian team to fight until bitter end

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Kolkata: Saurav Ganguly, a name which will always be taken with respect for his batting prowess, fearless captaincy and ability as an administrator. The batting legend, also referred to as’ Dada ‘, now turned 50 today. The flamboyant batter had a philosophical thinking brain.

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The silicon touch batsman made the Indian cricket team a courageous side to fight till the end. The ‘Prince of Kolkata’ brought a revolution in the Indian team’s ability to perform in any condition against any side.

As a batsman, he was rock solid in the middle order. The southpaw had a long cricketing career spanning about 15 years and represented the country in 311 ODIs and 113 Tests, scoring 11363 and 7212 runs, respectively.

Currently, he has been working as the president of the Board of Control for Cricket in India (BCCI) since 2019 and has worked with responsibility to escalate the team’s performance.

Ganguly made his Test debut at Lords against England in 1996 and hammered 131 runs in his opening Test, which marked the arrival of a top-class player. Like others, he also faced several ups and downs in his illustrious career, but never lost heart and kept going on his mission. His resilient attitude helped his teammates to give more than 100 percent on the ground.

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As a captain, his shrewd leadership skill helped team to secure a fantastic home series victory against Steve Waugh’s led Australia in 2001. Beating that side was a dream for any opponent. Gagnuly knocked Steve Waugh and company down. VVS Laxman’s dream knock in that series will be unforgettable.

Under his captaincy, India played in the final of the 2003 World Cup at Wanderers Stadium in Johannesburg and lost to eventual champion Australia.

The southpaw represented the Kolkata Knight Riders (KKR) in the Indian Premier League (IPL) as well. Cricket fans will never forget his services to the team. He is a true servant of Indian cricket.

 

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