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Indian Cricket: Sourav Ganguly - Excellent batsman for pushing the ball on the off side

Indian Cricket: Sourav Chandidas Ganguly shortly named as Sourav Ganguly is the former left handed opening batsman of the Indian National Cricket Team as well as the captain team. He is currently the Administrator, commentator and the 39th along with the current President of the Board of Control for Cricket in India. He was widely known for his outstanding batting skills in all forms of game and also became one of the most successful captain of the team - For more IPL and Best Cricket News follow 99Runs

The legend was born on 8th July 1972 in Behala located in Kolkata (India). He received the Padma Shri award from the former President A P J Abdul Kalam in the year 2004. He was the only Cricketer to win four consecutive man of the match awards in the ODIs. He was named as ‘Dada’ which means Elder brother in Bengali and also nicknamed as ‘God of the Off Side’ because of his classy shots which he used in pushing the ball towards the boundary lines in the off side.

Sourav Ganguly - Excellent batsman for pushing the ball on the off side

Since he was born on Calcutta and the famous sport being Football he too was attracted towards the game but after the death of his father his mother didn’t want Ganguly to go in the field of sports. His brother Snehasish was already into the field of cricket playing for the Bengal Cricket team. He used to support Ganguly in playing cricket, he helped Ganguly to join the coaching camp which was organized on summer holidays, it was his 10th standard at that time.

As his brother was left handed, he also became the left handed batsman just to use his kits he used to play with his elder brother at home in concrete wickets. He represented the school teams and was also the captain of St Xavier’s School of Kolkata he continued on playing for his school teams and later on joined the Bengal Cricket Team making his first debut for Bengal in the year 1989.

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After a good results in the Ranji Trophy on the year 1990-91 playing for Bengal he got the opportunity to play for India making his first debut against West Indies in the year 1992. He was dropped from the team because of his arrogance and attitude towards the game. He again started playing domestic cricket in the 1993-94 and 1994-95 season.

He was again called for the Duleep Trophy for a match against England in 1996, Ganguly was the third player to get the chance to play in the Lord’s, he was the third batsman to score two consecutive centuries in the first two innings against England, but unfortunately India lost the test series. He also played the ICC World Cup where his first breakthrough came with 183 against Sri Lanka. Since India had already lost two matches against Zimbabwe and South Africa, the match against Sri Lanka was a crucial one and Ganguly accepted the challenge coming up with a good performance in the match.

Sourav Ganguly - Excellent batsman for pushing the ball on the off side

In the ICC knockout tournament of the year 2000 he made an exclusive performance against South Africa scoring 141 not out in the semi finals out of 70 balls which included 11 fours and 6 sixes, it was said that the skipper remained unbeaten in the whole match. Ganguly’s first and the only test double century came in the year 2007 during a match against Pakistan playing his 99th test match. He played as a crucial role of the skipper sharing partnership with Yuvraj Singh and Irfan Pathan making a ample amount of score which included 30 boundaries and 2 sixes.

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• Only cricketer to win consecutive fours times Man of the Match award in ODIs

• Ninth highest run scorer in the ODI history and third among Indian players

• First player to score 3 Centuries in the ICC Champions Trophy.

• Highest individual score in the Cricket World Cup.

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