Sourav Ganguly is a famous Indian Former International Cricketer. He is Left-handed batsman and Right-arm medium bowler.
Ganguly is from the hometown of Behala, Kolkata, West Bengal, India. Presently, Ganguly is the President of Cricket Association of Bengal.
Ganguly is from the royal family, instead of academics, he chooses sports as the career. His brother Snehasish Bengal Cricket player helped Ganguly.
Later, he joined the cricket academy, played his first match against Orissa in under-15 and scored a century. Ganguly refused to play as 12 men in the many games by helping the teammates, although he got a chance to play as a first-class debut player in the Bengal team.
Sourav Ganguly played his First International match against West Indies but scored only three runs. Later, Ganguly removed from the team for a complaint that he is not carrying any refreshing drink for the players.
Although Ganguly removed from the International Cricket, he played the domestic cricket in the very great manner from 1993-1995. Later for the best innings in Duleep Trophy, Sourav Ganguly again selected for the National team. Then he played an ODI and Test match.
Later in a Test match against England, Ganguly showed his excellent performance by scoring a century(131), though England team won the series. Once in a test match, by the partnership of Sachin and Ganguly scored 255 runs which stand as best partnership record outside India.
In 1997 ODI match against Sri Lanka, Ganguly scored his first maiden ODI century of 133 runs and also got the man of the match award.
In the Final match of the Independence Cup against Pakistan, Ganguly has scored brilliant 124 runs which helped in chasing the 315 runs. In the end, Sourav Ganguly received the man of the Match award.
Later in 1999, a match against Sri Lanka, Ganguly showed his remarkable performance by scoring 183 runs from 158 deliveries. Along with Dravid, the partnership made 318 runs which second highest partnership runs.
Ganguly has played more than 311 ODI matches and 113 Test games with having a total score of 18,575 runs.
As a Captain
In 2000, some player involved in the match-fixing, So the Cricket board chose the Ganguly as the captain of the Indian team.
Ganguly correctly led the team by winning the series against the South African team. Next, he led India to finals of the 2000 ICC KnockOut Trophy by managing and also by scoring runs which include two centuries. In the finals, Ganguly scored 117 runs from 130 balls, but New Zealand won the match by four wickets.
He continued his own pace of batting in the subsequent matches. Ganguly led the Indian team for the Final World Cup match with runs of 465 runs and 58.12 average although Australia won the game.
In the test series against the Australia and Pakistan, Sourav Ganguly gave his excellent performance by winning the game.
Later at the end of 2005, Ganguly lost his form in batting and dropped from the national team.
In the year 2008, Ganguly announced his retirement from the international matches after the test match against Australia. Although, he continued playing domestic games in Bengal.
Later, he also played IPL games as a captain for KKR team in 2008. Next, he played for the Pune Warriors India. On October 2012, he also announced retirement from IPL.
- Padma Shri Award in 2004.
- Four consecutive man of the match awards.
- The second highest run scorer in India.
- Hat-trick centuries from three consecutive matches.