Picture of Sourav Ganguly

Sourav Ganguly

Batting style:
Left Handed bat
Bowling style:
Right-arm medium
Played for:
India, Asia XI, East Zone, Glamorgan, India A, India B, India Green, Indian Inv XI, India Seniors, Lancashire, Northamptonshire, Rest of India, Kolkata, India Under-19, Bengal, Pune, Sachins Blasters
Roles played:
Ex Skipper-Test,ODI | Batsman
Home country:
India
Born:
July 08, 1972, Calcutta, Bengal

Profile

After Mohd Azharuddin and Ajay Jadeja were found guilty of match-fixing in 2000, Indian cricket was in dire straits. Against this suspicious and unfriendly backdrop, Sourav Ganguly was made captain and the stylish West Bengal batsman didn’t disappoint and played a big role in bringing Indian cricket out of the black hole it had found itself in.


Four years after featuring in an ODI in Australia, Ganguly enjoyed a great Test debut in 1996 as he scored back-to-back tons at Lord’s and Trent Bridge. He went on to have great success in both Test and ODI cricket and captained India to the 2003 World Cup final, a rare 1-1 draw in Tests in Australia and an away Test series win against Pakistan in 2004.


There was a time when Ganguly consistently outdid the great Sachin Tendulkar as far as scoring big and important runs in ODIs was concerned. He was the third player to complete 10,000 runs in ODIs after Tendulkar and Inzamam-ul-Haq, and could hit the left-arm spinners out of the park at will. His off-side play was so attractive and dominant that Rahul David was moved to say that “on the offside first there is god, then Dada”.


Ganguly retired in November 2008 after the Test series against Australia but really his contribution goes beyond runs and wickets, which he took quite a few. The fact he instilled the killer instinct in Indian players of his time and who in their turn passed it on to the next generation is something that will keep him forever in the hearts of Indian cricket fans.


Fast Facts

  • Scored tons in the first two Test innings he played
  • Captained India to the 2003 World Cup final
  • Recipient of India’s fourth highest civilian honour, the Padma Shri
  • Was third to reach the 10,000-run mark in ODIs
  • Scored 22 ODI centuries, third best for an Indian behind Tendulkar and Kohli
  • Captained India to a Test series win against hosts Pakistan in 2004
  • Affectionately called “Dada”, he also skippered Kolkata and Pune Warriors in the IPL
  • His initial choice of sport was football before taking up cricket seriously

 


Statistics

Show:
  Matches Innings Runs NO Avg. SR 100's 50's HS
Test 113 188 7212 17 42.17 51.25 16 35 239
ODI 311 300 11363 23 41.02 73.70 22 72 183
IPL 59 56 1349 3 25.45 106.80 0 7 91
  Matches Innings Balls Runs Wickets BBI BBM Avg. Econ. 4w 5w 10w Extras
Test 113 99 3117 1681 32 3/28 / 52.53 3.23 0 0 0 102
ODI 311 171 4561 3849 100 5/16 / 38.49 5.06 1 2 0 154
IPL 59 20 276 363 10 2/21 / 36.30 7.89 0 0 0 4
  Catches Stumpings Runouts
Test 71 0 3
ODI 100 0 16
IPL 22 0 1
  Matches Won Lost Tie No Result Win percentage
Test 49 21 13 0 15 42.86
ODI 147 76 66 0 5 51.7
IPL 42 17 25 0 0 40.48

Career

Span:
Test:
1996-2008
 
ODI:
1992-2007
 
IPL:
2008-2012
Test
Debut:
India Vs England at Lord's, London - Jun 20, 1996
Last played:
India Vs Australia at Vidarbha Cricket Association Stadium, Nagpur - Nov 06, 2008
ODI
Debut:
India Vs West Indies at Brisbane Cricket Ground (Woolloongabba), Brisbane - Jan 11, 1992
Last played:
India Vs Pakistan at Captain Roop Singh Stadium, Gwalior - Nov 15, 2007
IPL
Debut:
Kolkata Vs Bangalore at M. Chinnaswamy Stadium, Bangalore - Karnataka - Apr 18, 2008
Last played:
Pune Vs Kolkata at Subrata Roy Sahara Stadium, Pune - May 19, 2012
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