Sourav Chandidas Ganguly is a former Indian-Bengali
cricketer and captain of the Indian national team. He is widely considered to
be one of the greatest batsmen of all time. Currently, he the Joint Secretary
of Cricket Association of Bengal and President of the Editorial Board with
Born into an affluent Brahmin family, Ganguly was introduced
into the world of cricket by his elder brother Snehasish. He is regarded as one
of India's most successful captains in modern times.
Currently, he is the 5th highest run scorer in One Day
Internationals (ODIs) and was the 3rd person in history to cross the 10,000 run
landmark, after Sachin Tendulkar and Inzamam Ul Haq. In 2002, the Wisden
Cricketers' Almanack ranked him the sixth greatest ODI batsman of all time
Ganguly got his big-break while playing for India on their
tour of England. He scored 131 runs and cemented his place in the Indian team.
Ganguly's place in the team was assured after successful performances in series
against Sri Lanka, Pakistan and Australia, winning the Man of the Match awards.
In the 1999 Cricket World Cup, he was involved in a partnership of 318 runs
with Rahul Dravid, which remains the highest overall partnership score in the
World Cup tournament history. Due to the match-fixing scandals in 2000 by other
players of the team, and for his poor health, Indian captain Sachin Tendulkar
resigned his position, and Ganguly was made the captain of the Indian cricket
Ganguly joined the Kolkata Knight Riders team as captain for
the Indian Premier League Twenty20 cricket tournament in 2008. The same year,
after a home Test series against Australia, he announced his retirement from
international cricket. He continued to play for the Bengal team and was
appointed the chairman of the Cricket Association of Bengal's Cricket
The left-handed Ganguly was a prolific One Day International
(ODI) batsman, with over 11,000 ODI runs to his credit. He is one of the most
successful Indian Test captains to date, winning 21 out of 49 test matches.
Sourav Ganguly is the most successful Indian test captain in
overseas with 11 wins. Indian team was ranked at eighth position as per ICC
rankings before he became the captain and under his tenure the team rank went
up to second position.
An aggressive captain, Ganguly is credited with having
nurtured the careers of many young players who played under him, and
transforming the Indian team into an aggressive fighting unit.
He was awarded with the Banga Bibhushan Award from the
Government of West Bengal on 20 May 2013.
Sourav is currently a part of the Supreme Court of India
appointed Justice Mudgal Committee probe panel for the IPL Spot fixing and
betting scandal's investigations
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