Indian Cricket StarsSachin Ramesh Tendulkar | MS Dhoni | Shikhar Dhawan | Rohit Sharma | Suresh Raina | Virat Kohli | Cheteshwar Pujara | Yusuf Pathan | Murali Kartik | Murali Vijay | Dinesh Karthik | Irfan Pathan | Ishant Sharma | Bhuvneshwar Kumar
Gautam Gambir | Virender Sehwag | Zaheer Khan | Harbhajan Singh | Yuvraj Singh | Joginder Sharma | Mohammad Kaif | Ramesh Powar | Robin Uthappa | RP Singh
Rahul Dravid | Ajit Agarkar | Anil Kumble | Sourav Ganguly | VVS Laxman | Wasim Jaffer | Dinesh Mongia | VRV Singh | Sreesanth | Piyush Chawla | Pragyan Ojha | Munaf Patel
Kapil Dev Nikhanj | Dilip Balwant Vengsarkar | Roger Michael Humphrey Binny | Ravishankar Jayadritha Shastri | Mohinder Amarnath | Sunil Manohar "Sunny" Gavaskar
Victory in Pakistan - India's first away from home in 11 years - made Sourav Ganguly India's most successful Test captain ever, completing a remarkable turnaround for a man who was summarily jettisoned after playing only a bit-part role on his first tour of Australia in 1991-92. And it was in Australia that his leadership scaled new heights a dozen years later, as a brilliant century in the opening Test at Brisbane set the tone for a series - Steve Waugh's last - where India fought the world's best team to a standstill. Ganguly combines amazing grace and surgical precision in his strokeplay, especially on the off side, but his career had spluttered to a standstill before being resurrected by a scintillating hundred on debut at Lord's in 1996. When he took over the captaincy after the match-fixing exposes in 2000, he quickly proved to be a tough, intuitive and uncompromising leader, traits best illustrated in the historic series against Australia in 2001, when he made light of personal travails to lead India to a famous victory. Under his stewardship, with John Wright providing inputs off the field, India started winning Test matches away, and put together a splendid eight-match winning streak that took them all the way to the World Cup final in 2003. Despite having been his team's most consistent one-day batsmen over the previous three seasons, he also relinquished the opening slot to accomodate Virender Sehwag and Sachin Tendulkar, and several gutsy efforts in Test cricket were none-too-subtle reminders to critics who insisted that he was deeply vulnerable against the short ball. Effective with his medium-pace on seaming tracks, Ganguly will most be remembered though for having forged a winning unit from a bunch of talented, but directionless, individuals.
|Sourav Chandidas Ganguly
|July 8, 1972, Calcutta (now Kolkata), Bengal
|India, ACC Asian XI, Bengal, Glamorgan, Lancashire
|England v India at Lord's - Jun 20-24, 1996
|India v West Indies at Brisbane - Jan 11, 1992
|1989/90 - 2005/06
|List A span
|1989/90 - 2005/06
Sourav Ganguly's Records
TestScored a century on Test debut
Scored a century in each of his first two Tests
Cumulative Test batting average never fell below 40 runs per innings
Captained India in a record 49 Test matches
Led India to a record 21 Test wins
India's most successful Test captain
ODIsHolds the record, shared with Mahendra Dhoni, for the second highest score by an Indian cricketer in an ODI 183, against Sri Lanka in 1999, although Dhoni remained unbeaten while he did not.
Holds the record, shared with Sachin Tendulkar, for the highest first wicket partnership for India in a ODI match, 258, against Kenya in 2001.
Was involved in the First 300 run ODI partnership with Rahul Dravid
6th on the all time list with 30 man of the match awards (Sachin Tendulkar leads with 52 awards in 369 matches)
He is also the only player to win 4 consecutive man of the match awards in ODIs.
India's most successful ODI captain
First Indian to Score a ODI Century Against Australia in Australia
Most number of runs in one single edition of the Champions Trophy Tournament.
Most number of centuries in one edition of the Champions Trophy Tournament.