'Aggression to Dada ka tha aaj kal to sb hawa hawai hai' - Fans celebrate former India skipper Sourav Ganguly's 51st birthday

Ganguly's journey began when he made his first-class debut in 1989 for Bengal, stepping in as a replacement for his brother Snehasish Ganguly

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As former India skipper Sourav Ganguly celebrates his 51st birthday, it's an opportune time to reflect on his illustrious career and his impact on Indian cricket. Known for his aggressive style of play, Ganguly, fondly called "Dada," left an indelible mark on the cricketing world.

Ganguly's journey began when he made his first-class debut in 1989 for Bengal, stepping in as a replacement for his brother Snehasish Ganguly. It was just the start of a remarkable career that would shape Indian cricket.

While his first ODI appearance in 1992 against the West Indies yielded just 3 runs, Ganguly bounced back and went on to achieve incredible milestones. His announcement on the Test stage was nothing short of grand, scoring a majestic 131 at Lord's in 1996 against England. The Prince of Calcutta was a fortunate charm for India.

Whenever Ganguly scored a century in Test cricket, India never lost the match. With 7212 runs in 113 Tests, including 16 centuries and 35 half-centuries, he displayed immense skill and resilience. In 311 ODIs, Ganguly amassed 11,363 runs at an average of 41.02, with 22 centuries and 72 half-centuries to his credit. His consistency and ability to perform in high-pressure situations made him a vital asset to the team.

Sourav Ganguly had an amazing post-retirement career

Ganguly's achievements are truly remarkable. He is the only player to receive four consecutive awards in ODIs, achieved in 1997. Additionally, he holds the distinction of being the first player to score three centuries in the history of the Champions Trophy.

While Ganguly faced ups and downs in his career, his comeback in 2006 after being dropped from the team showcased his determination and resilience. His contributions to Indian cricket extended beyond his playing days, as he served as the president of the Cricket Association of Bengal from 2015 to 2019 before taking over as the president of the Indian cricket board in October 2019.

As we celebrate Sourav Ganguly's 51st birthday, we recognise his significant contributions to Indian cricket as a player, leader, and administrator. His aggressive approach and exceptional achievements will forever be etched in the hearts of cricket enthusiasts around the world. Happy birthday, Dada!

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