Cricketers and athletes wish Sourav Ganguly on his birthday!

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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.

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Sourav Ganguly

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.

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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.