One of the greatest Indian skippers to grace the game, Sourav Ganguly turned 46 on Sunday. He is one of the giants of Indian cricket and it was under his leadership that India got the belief of winning abroad.
Irfan wishes Ganguly good luck
The way he challenged the Aussies in their den in 2003-04 was praiseworthy. Under his captaincy, many young players took giant strides in international cricket. For instance, Yuvraj Singh had once said, ‘I can die for such a captain’.
Irfan Pathan also made his India debut under the captaincy of Ganguly, popularly known as Dada.
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Pathan had a great time in Australia, and it was Ganguly who gave him the confidence to express himself in challenging conditions. He dismissed Matthew Hayden, as his first Test wicket and later bowled the ball of the year when he castled Adam Gilchrist with a sensational inswinging Yorker.
Taking to his Instagram handle, he shared a picture with Ganguly and heaped praises on the former champion captain,
“My first Captain and a leader who changed the mindset of Indian cricketers to go out there and challenged the big cats in the world cricket and the roar we hear now its cos of this man. Wishing you a very Happy Birthday dada #souravganguly,” Irfan wrote.
Ganguly helped India scale great heights
It was under his tenure that India broke Australia’s winning jinx in Test cricket. The famous Eden Gardens victory was followed by a series-winning victory in Chennai which changed the complexion of Indian cricket.
India then drew the Test series in England and then went to Australia and retained the Border Gavaskar Trophy with a 2-1 draw.
Ganguly’s leadership abilities took India to the final of the 2003 World Cup. He led his troops to perfection and was the only batsman to smash three centuries in the tournament.
The southpaw looked in stunning touch. The Men in Blue eventually suffered a heartbreaking defeat at the hands of Australia in the final of the World Cup.