Former Indian captain and cricketing legend Sourav Ganguly turned 48 today. Being a captain of the national team, Ganguly gained the nickname of ‘Dada’ and changed Indian cricket forever.
Hailing from Kolkata, Sourav Ganguly played 113 test matches and 311 ODIs while scoring 7,212 and 11,363 runs respectively. Under his leadership, the Indian team ran highly successful stints in world cricket in the early 2000s.
Leading the Indian contingent, his led the team to victory over Australia in Test series in 2001. He also contained the Indian side that won the Natwest trophy at Lords in 2002 and he also helped reach team India to the 2003 world cup final.
He retired from international cricket in 2008 and then from IPL in 2012. He was elected as the BCCI president in 2019 after successfully completing his tenure as president of Cricket Association of Bengal.
His legendary tales needn’t be reminded to anyone. The Government of West Bengal honoured Ganguly with the Banga Bibhushan Award on 20 May 2013. He was also awarded the Padma Shri, one of the highest civilian awards in India, in 2004.
Acting as the BCCI president, he had to deal with a tough 2020 that saw not only the cricketing world but the entire sporting world shutting down their operations following the COVID-19 outbreak. IPL season had to be delayed and now today on his birthday he had to take an extremely tough decision of cancelling the Asia Cup 2020 which was scheduled to take place in UAE.
“Asia Cup cancel ho chuka hai, jo September me tha (Asia Cup, which was to be held in September, has been cancelled),” Ganguly told ‘sports tak’ in an Instagram live session.
While Asia Cup is cancelled there are a lot of tournament scheduled to take place in the second half of 2020 like IPL, T20 world cup etc.
Sourav Ganguly said that if Australia cancels the T20 world cup scheduled to take place later this year, he will do everything in his power to host IPL.
“I don’t know about the IPL also, getting a window is important.
“T20 World Cup is there, the ICC is trying to make it happen as it generates a lot of revenue for them. Unless we get clear cut directions from the ICC, we can’t say anything about the IPL.” Ganguly said if the T20 Word Cup in Australia is cancelled, the BCCI will put all its energies on staging the IPL.
“It is a very important tournament for India. Our target is to host it in India across four-five venues. If not, then having it overseas is an option,” Sourav Ganguly added. (H/T-NDTV)
While his duties as the president of BCCI takes precedence even on his birthday, Indian fans and cricketers haven’t forgotten his big day.
Happy birthday Dadi!
Hope our off-field partnership keeps going strong like our on-field ones. Wish you a blessed year ahead. pic.twitter.com/jOmq9XN07w
— Sachin Tendulkar (@sachin_rt) July 8, 2020
— Virat Kohli (@imVkohli) July 8, 2020
Dada ko Janamdin ki bahut badhai.
The only time he blinked his eye was when dancing down the track while hitting spinners for a 6, varna never. Eternally grateful for his support in initial days. #HappyBirthdayDada pic.twitter.com/U7k0Q9paJI
— Virender Sehwag (@virendersehwag) July 8, 2020
— Harbhajan Turbanator (@harbhajan_singh) July 8, 2020
Happy Birthday to the undisputed Dada of Indian Cricket 🎂 You have always led from the front, showing us what it means to be a true leader. I have learnt a lot from you & hope to become to others what you are to me. You are our eternal captain🙇@SGanguly99 #HappyBirthdayDada pic.twitter.com/MJKAwgGw1r
— Yuvraj Singh (@YUVSTRONG12) July 8, 2020
— VVS Laxman (@VVSLaxman281) July 8, 2020
From a fine batsman to an outstanding captain & now leading Indian cricket on the whole—here’s wishing my favourite captain & mentor @SGanguly99 a very happy birthday. But FAULADI SEENA dikha ke aise kaun chadhta hai, Dada #HappyBirthdayDada pic.twitter.com/8PKZ3RwwtB
— Mohammad Kaif (@MohammadKaif) July 8, 2020
Happy Birthday Dada💙@SGanguly99 🎂🎂
The man who revolutionalized Indian cricket 🇮🇳
Your contribution to cricket both as a player, and a captain will be admired by the generations to come!
Have a fabulous year ahead🙏 pic.twitter.com/QRM29CdN6C
— Suresh Raina🇮🇳 (@ImRaina) July 8, 2020
A fearless leader who took Indian cricket to great heights. Happy Birthday Dada. @SGanguly99
— K L Rahul (@klrahul11) July 8, 2020
— Kuldeep yadav (@imkuldeep18) July 8, 2020
Happy birthday Saurav sir, wish you good health and happiness. 🎂 @SGanguly99
— Yuzvendra Chahal (@yuzi_chahal) July 8, 2020
🏏 Third-fastest to 10,000 ODI runs
⭐ Holds the record for the highest individual score in CWC for India
🥈 2003 ICC Men's @cricketworldcup runner-up
🧢 Captained India to 11 wins in 28 overseas Tests
Happy birthday to one of 🇮🇳's most successful captains, Sourav Ganguly 🙌 pic.twitter.com/7MJe1cXcVS
— ICC (@ICC) July 8, 2020
— Royal Challengers Bangalore (@RCBTweets) July 8, 2020
Wishing a very happy birthday to the most dynamic and visionary captain of his time. It’s a matter of immense pleasure to work with the man who took Indian cricket to new heights. Subho Janmodin @SGanguly99! pic.twitter.com/5Au67KmsF6
— Jay Shah (@JayShah) July 8, 2020
— Sai Dharam Tej (@IamSaiDharamTej) July 8, 2020
— Vikrant Gupta (@vikrantgupta73) July 8, 2020
— parthiv patel (@parthiv9) July 8, 2020
— hardik pandya (@hardikpandya7) July 8, 2020
Greetings @SGanguly99 on your birthday! Your contribution to field of sports in India has been immense. Praying for your good health & wish you the best for your endeavours.
সৌরভ গাঙ্গুলীকে জন্মদিনের আন্তরিক অভিনন্দন। ক্রীড়া জগতে আপনার বিপুল অবদান।সুস্থ থাকুন, ভালো থাকুন।
— Mamata Banerjee (@MamataOfficial) July 8, 2020
The Man Who changed the face of Indian Cricket,Who made impossible to possible,Who Create Legends,Made Cricket as Religion In India, my first ever favourite cricketer, #princeofkolkata #BengalTiger
HAPPY BIRTHDAY TO @SGanguly99#HappyBirthdayDada ❤️ pic.twitter.com/1BV4CoeDC5
— Payal Ghosh (@iampayalghosh) July 8, 2020
Happy birthday Dada @SGanguly99 ..u have been a great inspiration for me from the time I’ve played cricket. The real captain who showed us the way to move forward with no fear,u have alwys believed nd supported the very best. Alwys grateful to u nd family #respect #love #cricket pic.twitter.com/aM2WI2Ciqc
— Sreesanth (@sreesanth36) July 8, 2020
On his birthday, relive Sourav Ganguly's stunning 141* against South Africa in the semi-final of the ICC KnockOut Trophy 2000 🎉 pic.twitter.com/BK53IPuXpJ
— ICC (@ICC) July 8, 2020
— Shraddha das (@shraddhadas43) July 8, 2020
Happy birthday, @SGanguly99!
— Wisden India (@WisdenIndia) July 8, 2020
— Achyuta Samanta (@achyuta_samanta) July 8, 2020
— Danish Kaneria (@DanishKaneria61) July 8, 2020
— Washington Sundar (@Sundarwashi5) July 8, 2020
Happy Birthday Dada @SGanguly99
— Tajinder Pal Singh Bagga (@TajinderBagga) July 8, 2020