One of the finest captains India have ever produced, Sourav Ganguly graced the planet earth on this day, 47 years ago. Famously, known as Dada by his teammates and fans, Ganguly changed the face of Indian cricket forever and laid the base from which India have reaped the rewards for a long time.
Ganguly celebrates his 47th birthday today
When he took over the captaincy after the match-fixing exposes in 2000, he quickly proved to be a tough, intuitive and uncompromising leader. Under Sourav Ganguly’s leadership, India started winning Test matches overseas and put together a splendid streak that took them to the World Cup final in 2003. Later that year, in Australia, an unexpected and incandescent hundred at Brisbane set the tone for the series where India fought the world’s best team to a standstill. Victory in Pakistan turned him into one of the greatest skippers of Indian cricket.
While he had his problems facing the short deliveries and lacked athletism, Sourav Ganguly was the god of off-side. His cover drives and lofted shots were a treat to the eyes. Despite being a batsman who combined grace with precision in his strokeplay, his career came to a standstill before making an outstanding hundred on debut at Lord’s in 1996. Later that year, the management promoted Ganguly to the top of the order in ODIs and, along with Sachin Tendulkar, formed one of the most destructive opening pairs in history.
His ability to fight back against all the odds made him what he is today. Sourav Ganguly is the third highest ODI run-scorer for India with 11363 runs in 311 ODIs. He also had an excellent record in the Test circuit as well finishing with 7212 runs from 113 matches. Wishes poured in from all spheres of life and the globe since the clock ticked 12 at night. However, the ones from his colleagues and teammates stood out among all as they brought up some beautiful memories they have shared with the birthday boy.
Here is how the cricketers wished Ganguly on his birthday:
Happy Birthday Dadi! From playing with you in our Under-15 days to now commentating with you. It’s been quite a journey. Have a great year ahead! pic.twitter.com/Ijnder6RJN
— Sachin Tendulkar (@sachin_rt) July 8, 2019
— Suresh Raina?? (@ImRaina) July 8, 2019
— Harbhajan Turbanator (@harbhajan_singh) July 8, 2019
— Ashwin ?? (@ashwinravi99) July 8, 2019
Happy birthday Dada, you've always been an inspiration for me and all the youth out there ? @SGanguly99
— cheteshwar pujara (@cheteshwar1) July 8, 2019
Happiest birthday to one of the most dynamic leaders and batsmen of his time, @SGanguly99. Wish you loads of happiness, Dada!
— Ajinkya Rahane (@ajinkyarahane88) July 8, 2019
— R P Singh रुद्र प्रताप सिंह (@rpsingh) July 8, 2019
Happy birthday dada!!!! You have been the greatest pillar to Indian cricket!!! Thanks for your guidance towards everything!!! A true legend who has made some golden memories ??? May god shower lots of blessings and love! @SGanguly99 pic.twitter.com/VqkDLsOhzm
— Ishant Sharma (@ImIshant) July 8, 2019
Happy Birthday to a 56” Captain , Dada @SGanguly99 !
56 inch chest,
8th day of the 7th month, 8*7 = 56 and a World Cup average of 56. #HappyBirthdayDada , May God Bless You ! pic.twitter.com/Dcgj9jrEUE
— Virender Sehwag (@virendersehwag) July 8, 2019
— Pragyan Ojha (@pragyanojha) July 8, 2019
— VVS Laxman (@VVSLaxman281) July 8, 2019
Happy Birthday Dada ☺️? pic.twitter.com/burB0KDFV5
— Aakash Chopra (@cricketaakash) July 8, 2019
It all started in his captaincy winning big games especially in overseas. His foresight helped team India to build a strong team for the next gen resulted in 2011 world cup . Happy Birthday Dada. #HappyBirthdayDada #HappyBirthdayGanguly pic.twitter.com/ZU0HhcsGTH
— VenuGopala Rao (@IMVenuGopalRao) July 8, 2019
A Champion is defined not by their Wins but by how they can recover when they Fall :- Serena Williams This quote suits dada perfectly. Thank u dada @SGanguly99 for inspiring millions of sportsperson across globe. Happy returns of d day 2 u ??Hav a great one. God bless u always pic.twitter.com/KbLwY4i0nQ
— MANOJ TIWARY (@tiwarymanoj) July 8, 2019
— Wriddhiman Saha (@Wriddhipops) July 8, 2019
— Shikhar Dhawan (@SDhawan25) July 8, 2019
Happy Birthday to a man who brought about a fantastic transition in Indian cricket, a brilliant leader who backed guys he believed in to the fullest . But aise kaun chadhta hai , Dada @SGanguly99 #HappyBirthdayDada pic.twitter.com/tuOwPejGm1
— Mohammad Kaif (@MohammadKaif) July 8, 2019
— Yuvraj Singh (@YUVSTRONG12) July 8, 2019