Sourav Ganguly is an absolute cricketing legend. He was the reason behind Indian cricket’s renovation after facing a lot of controversies. Ganguly completely transformed the Indian team, under him, the team became a dominant Test-playing nation. India became a reckoning force at home and had full potential to defeat the toughest opposition in away matches.
Ganguly created a legacy in cricket that is impossible to recreate. Dada performed for the team whenever he was needed to, Also before becoming the skipper he established himself as a sensational batsman. The current BCCI president is also known for backing youngsters like Harbhajan Singh, Yuvraj Singh, and Zaheer Khan. Also, Ganguly was responsible for recommending Ms. Dhoni as a new captain of the side. MS Dhoni won the big ICC tournaments with several players who were backed by Prince of Kolkata Sourav Ganguly.
On Sourav Ganguly’s 49th birthday let’s have a look at his top 3 innings in international cricket:
June 22, 1996 Tests | 131 vs England, Lord’s
The southpaw Ganguly made his presence felt in international cricket in his Test debut at Home of cricket ‘ Lord’s cricket ground’. Dada scored a fantabulous century batting at the number 3 spot in India’s first innings.
This match saw debut of two of the greatest batsmen of India; Rahul Dravid and Sourav Ganguly. Both the debutants impressed the world after a remarkable knock against the English bowling unit comprising Chris Lewis, Dominic Cork, Allan Mullally, and Peter Martin.
The former Indian captain scored 131 runs in that match facing 301 balls. Ganguly’s innings were filled with 20 fours. Ganguly’s master class of 131 and Dravid’s 95 runs were unable to help India win the match. The match, in the end, resulted in a draw but Sourav Ganguly got his name on Lords honor board on his Test debut.