Tuesday, 5 June 2012

The excellent cricketer Sourav Ganguly

Sourav Chandidas Ganguly was born on July 8, 1972 in Kolkata Bengal. He was a left handed batsman and his bowling style was Right-arm medium. His achievements where more than 10,000 runs in ODI cricket. He was the first Indian captain to win a Test series in Pakistan. He played as Indian captain in most number of tests. He was the first Indian to rank the highest ODI Score. Sourav Ganguly has been a member of the Indian Cricket team and was regarded to be one of the most successful Captains ever of the Indian Cricket team.

 Ganguly was fondly called as Dada by his fans and Maharaj by his teammates. In his early days he got inspired by his elder brother Snehashish who played Cricket for Bengal. In his school days he was the captain of St. Xavier’s School. Sourav Ganguly showed a good performance in the Ranji Trophy season of the year 1990-91. In the year 1992 he started his One Day International (ODI) Cricket career with a match against West Indies in which he grabbed just 3 runs. Again in the domestic Cricket he performed quite nicely during the years 1993-95. He scored 171 runs in an innings during the Duleep Trophy tournament of 1995-96.  He was included in the national team for the England tour of the year 1996.

Throughout his Test Cricket career Ganguly played 113 Test Matches and scored a total of 7212 runs including 16 centuries and 35 half centuries. He scored 900 fours and 57 sixes as a Test Cricket batsman. His highest score in Test Cricket was 239 runs and the overall Batting Average was 42.17 runs. In the One Day International (ODI) Cricket Ganguly played 311 matches and made a total score of 11363 runs comprising of 22 centuries and 72 half centuries. The record included 1122 fours and 190 sixes and the overall batting average was 41.02 runs. In the year 2004 Ganguly was conferred upon with the Padma Shri award.

Ganguly made a comeback to the Indian Cricket team in a tour match against South Africa in which he scored 83 runs leading India to victory. He grabbed 51 runs in a Test match against South Africa. He also came back to the Indian ODI team in the year 2007. He was named the Captain of the Kolkata Knight Riders team in the IPL Twenty-20 Cricket tournament in the year 2008.

Ganguly played his last Test Cricket match against Australia in the year 2008 and scored 85 runs. He played his last ODI Cricket match against Pakistan on 15th of November 2007 in which he scored 5 runs.

Keywords – Ganguly, ODI Cricket, Test Cricket, Successful Captain, Indian Cricket team.

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