8 July 1972, Calcutta, Major Teams: Bengal, India, Lancashire. Known As:
Sourav Ganguly, Batting Style: Left Hand Bat, Bowling Style: Right Arm
|It's finally official-
The Prince of Bengal is back. The intense speculation over the last couple
of days has finally been put to rest. Ganguly will join the Indian team
in South Africa for the test series scheduled to begin on December 15.
Ganguly I'm sure must feel extremely vindicated with this decision. After
being uncermoniously dropped from the Indian Squad at the beginning of
the year, about 9 months ago, the selectors had made it quite clear his
days of playing for the national side were over.
His recall just goes to show how bad the situation is. Indian cricket is completely down in the dumps right now. The selectors were so desparate they just had to get him back. With Dravid being ruled out of the first test because of a finger injury, the selectors and the Indian public are hoping Ganguly's inclusion along with V V S Laxman, will provide some stability to the Indian batting order. Laxman has by the way been made vice-captain for the test series.
It's going to be quite interesting to watch how the Chappell-Ganguly relationshop progresses from here. How can we forget the emails that were leaked, which had the Indian coach attacking Ganguly and vice versa. Will they be able to put their differences behind them and move forward...
Will Ganguly's return
be the much needed motivating factor to get Team India back on track????
Saturday January 28, 2006
India's Sourav Ganguly, center, practices in the nets as coach Greg Chappel, left ,
and teammate Sachin Tendulkar watch during a practice session a day
before the third cricket test match against Pakistan in Karachi
Sourav Chandidas Ganguly StatisticsBorn: 8 July 1972, Calcutta
Major Teams: Bengal, India, Lancashire.
Known As: Sourav Ganguly
Batting Style: Left Hand Bat
Bowling Style: Right Arm Medium
Profile: Saurav Ganguly, the Prince of Calcutta has a fan following of millions and that is justifiedconsidering the number of winning knocks he has played for India. His batting is the perfect
blend of elegance and power. He has all the traditional style that goes with left handed
batsmanship. He is also a superb/ perfect timer of the ball. The manner in which he steps out
and pounces on the ball, like a tiger on a hapless prey, is something to be enjoyed on the spot.
He is one of the most aggressive Captain India has ever had and has emerged as one thekey
components of the Indian team. His ability to play shots on the off side is special because there
are very few players who can hit the ball in that area as crisply as he does. He is an aggressive
left-handed batsman and is also an effective (right-handed) medium pace bowler. He tarted his
international career as a 19 year old during the tour to Australia in 1991-92 where both his ability
and attitude was questioned. His recall for the 1996 tour to England was severely criticised as
one of the evils of India's "quota" system. But he answered that in style by not only scoring
centuries in his first two Test innings but also capturing vital wickets to bag the Man of the
series award. Still he was considered fit only for the Test matches because of his inability to
play onside strokes. He worked on that problem and became a household name in India after the
Sahara Cup in Toronto where he won several matches for India against Pakistan. Besides
several superlative batting performance (including 75* in 75 balls), he exploited the conditions to
return some excellent bowling figures (including 5-16). He is often criticised for his running
between the wickets and if he works on that, the way he has worked on his leg-side then he will
definitely become a formidable force in the World of Cricket
His batting is the perfect blend of elegance and power. He has all the traditional style that goes with left handed batsmanship. With superb timing he almost caresses the ball to the boundary. But when the mood gets to him - particularly in the one day game - his batting can be a murderous assault on the bowlers and a delight to the spectators. The manner in which he steps out and pounces on the ball, like a tiger on a hapless prey, is something to be enjoyed on the spot.
But then Sourav Ganguly is not just strokes and class and powerful batting. He has a sound temperament and the ability to rise to the big occasion. Only a person who is mentally strong could have responded in the manner he did to widespread criticism to his selection for the tour of England in 1996. When he first went as a teenager to Australia in 1991-92 he was far from ready for the big time, despite his manifold gifts. By the time of his comeback, a mixture of talent and hard work had made Ganguly capable of the dream feat with which he launched his Test career. Since then, it has been impossible to envisage an Indian team in both forms of the game without him. On the strength of his figures and undoubted class, he has taken his place as among the `Big Three' of the Indian batting order. Few would deny him his place as probably the greatest Indian left hander of all time. And in the last year, he has also proved himself to be a tough, no nonsense captain. A record of four wins and only one defeat in his first six Test matches as captain - including a memorable series triumph over the formidable Aussies - augurs well for him as a leader.
Debut: India v England at Lord's, 2nd Test, 1996
Dad's Name : Chandi Das Ganguly
Wife's Name : Dona Ganguly
Ganguly was born to a life of luxury and comfort as he was the son of an
affluent printer. Ganguly is perhaps one of the richest
His first step towards cricket
Success at last !
As a person
His first love
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