Happy Birth Day 'PRINCE OF KOLKATA' - 11 Things You Must Know About Sourav GangulyBy: Binit Maity on: Jul 08, 2016 at: 10:43:04
Sourav Ganguly has turned 44 today and on this occasion we bring to you 11 Astonishing facts about Sourav Ganguly which you may not be knowing.
Sourav Ganguly is a Former Indian captain, Specialist Batsman & an All rounder.
He was an aggressive batsman unlike Rahul Dravid or M. S. Dhoni. He was well known for his perfect timing through the Offside and often considered as GOD OF OFFSIDE.
1.Ganguly was born a right-hander. He writes, eats, and as we know, bowls with his right-hand. He was a right-handed batsman, too, in his early days. His brother Snehashish was, however, a left-hander, and Sourav wanted to use his gear. Exactly why he did this is unknown, since the Gangulys are one of the richest families of Calcutta, but the choice made him the leading run-scorer among all left-handed Indian Test batsmen.
2. Sourav Ganguly is the only cricketer to win 4 consecutive man of the match awards in ODIs.
3. Sahara Cup 1997 was, without a doubt, Ganguly’s finest series. When he came back in 1998, India started by winning the first match (though they eventually lost 1-4). Ganguly won the Man of the Match award again with three for 33 and a half-century, but in the process of the innings he “achieved” something rare.
4. Only once had Ganguly opened batting in a Test, and it was in the same Test where he had gone all the way in the first innings in 1997-98, hitting Kumar Dharmasena out of Wankhede. With India having secured a 151-run lead, Sachin Tendulkar promoted Ganguly (instead of Nayan Mongia) to open with Navjot Sidhu. It did not go too well: he fell to Pramodya Wickramasinghe for a 12-ball 11.
5. He is widely recognised as GOD of off side.
6. India has played ten knock-out World Cup matches — two in 1983, one in 1987, two in 1996, two in 2003, and three more in 2011. Surprisingly, Ganguly is the only one to have scored a hundred in these matches when he got a 114-ball 111 not out against Kenya in the 2003 semi-final at Kingsmead.
7. Out of his 22 tons in Odi's he has scored 18 outside of india.
8. Ganguly's decision to play Dravid as a Weeketkeeper Batsman in ODIs was criticized by many but it was instrumental in India's ODi success as it allowed them to play an extra specialist batsman.
9. Sourav's parents gave him the nickname Maharaj when he was a kid. He was later nicknamed The Prince of Calcutta by Geoffrey Boycott.
10. Sourav Ganguly's ton at Lord's Cricket ground was the highest score(131) by a batsman on debut at the ground.
11. Weeks after his successful tour of England, Ganguly eloped with childhood sweetheart Dona Roy. The bride and groom's family were sworn enemies at that point and this news caused an uproar between them. However, both families reconciled and a formal wedding was held in February 1997. Refer, Sourav Ganguly.