New Delhi: Former Indian team captain Sourav Ganguly has turned 49 today. Sourav Ganguly, popularly known as 'Prince of Kolkata', is also called by the fans as 'Dada'. Sourav Ganguly, who brought the Indian team back on track after the sting of the match-fixing scandal that surfaced in the year 2000, is currently in the service of cricket in the role of BCCI President.
Today, he is turning a year older and on this special day let us know the most interesting facts and stats about him:
1. Sourav Ganguly is a football lover and co-owns ISL club ATK Mohun Bagan.
2. He was awarded the Padma Shri in 2004.
3. Dada is one of the only cricketers to make 10,000 runs, 100 wickets, and 100 catches in ODI cricket.
4. The former Indian captain was the first Indian cricketer to score a century in a World Cup knockout match.
5. Renowned cricket commentator Geoffrey Boycott gave him the title of 'Prince of Calcutta'.
Team India reached the 2003 Cricket World Cup final
In year 2003 Cricket World Cup was organized in South Africa. After the humiliating defeat in the ODI series against New Zealand, the Indian team performed brilliantly in the World Cup. India were beaten by the Netherlands in the opening match, after which they suffered an embarrassing defeat against Australia during the group match. After this, India came back and defeated many teams and knocked in the final. But in the final, India faced undefeated Australia. In this title match, Team India could not overcome the Kangaroos and had to face a defeat of 125 runs in the final.
Joint winners in the Champions Trophy in the year 2002
In the year 2002, the Champions Trophy was organized in Sri Lanka. The Indian team reached the final after defeating Zimbabwe, England, and South Africa. In the title match, he faced hosts, Sri Lanka. The first final of the Champions Trophy was washed out due to rain. After this, there was a match between the two teams on the reserve day. But on the second day also the match was not completed due to bad weather and rain after which India and Sri Lanka were declared joint winners.
Winning Test and ODI Series in Pakistan
Under the captaincy of Sourav Ganguly, India made history on Pakistani soil in the year 2003/04. This happened for the first time in Indian cricket history when Team India was successful in winning ODI and Test series in Pakistan. India beat Pakistan 2-1 in the Test series and 3-2 in the ODI series. This was the same tour in which Virender Sehwag became the Sultan of Multan.