Sourav Ganguly      

Full name Sourav Chandidas Ganguly

Born July 8, 1972, Calcutta (now Kolkata), Bengal

Current age 42 years 109 days

Major teams India, Asia XI, Bengal, East Zone, Glamorgan, India Under-19s, Kolkata Knight Riders, Lancashire, Marylebone Cricket Club, Northamptonshire, Pune Warriors

Batting style Left-hand bat

Bowling style Right-arm medium

Height 5 ft 11 in

Education St Xavier's College

Relation Brother - Snehasish C Ganguly

Sourav Chandidas Ganguly
Batting and fielding averages
Mat Inns NO Runs HS Ave BF SR 100 50 4s 6s Ct St
Tests 113 188 17 7212 239 42.17 14070 51.25 16 35 900 57 71 0
ODIs 311 300 23 11363 183 41.02 15416 73.70 22 72 1122 190 100 0
First-class 254 399 44 15687 239 44.18 33 89 168 0
List A 437 421 43 15622 183 41.32 31 97 131 0
Twenty20 77 73 4 1726 91 25.01 1613 107.00 0 8 184 51 28 0
Bowling averages
Mat Inns Balls Runs Wkts BBI BBM Ave Econ SR 4w 5w 10
Tests 113 99 3117 1681 32 3/28 3/37 52.53 3.23 97.4 0 0 0
ODIs 311 171 4561 3849 100 5/16 5/16 38.49 5.06 45.6 1 2 0
First-class 254 11108 6099 167 6/46 36.52 3.29 66.5 4 0
List A 437 8199 6646 171 5/16 5/16 38.86 4.86 47.9 4 2 0
Twenty20 77 37 573 756 29 3/27 3/27 26.06 7.91 19.7 0 0 0
Career statistics
Test debut England v India at Lord's, Jun 20-24, 1996 scorecard
Last Test India v Australia at Nagpur, Nov 6-10, 2008 scorecard
Test statistics
ODI debut India v West Indies at Brisbane, Jan 11, 1992 scorecard
Last ODI India v Pakistan at Gwalior, Nov 15, 2007 scorecard
ODI statistics
First-class debut 1989/90
Last First-class Baroda v Bengal at Vadodara, Dec 21-24, 2011 scorecard
List A debut 1989/90
Last List A Bengal v Mumbai at Delhi, Mar 12, 2012 scorecard
Twenty20 debut Glamorgan v Somerset at Cardiff, Jun 22, 2005 scorecard
Last Twenty20 Pune Warriors v Kolkata Knight Riders at Pune, May 19, 2012 scorecard
Recent matches
Bat & Bowl Team Opposition Ground Match Date Scorecard
0/17, 5 Warriors v KKR Pune 19 May 2012 T20
2 Warriors v Royals Jaipur 13 May 2012 T20
14 Warriors v Royals Pune 8 May 2012 T20
36 Warriors v KKR Kolkata 5 May 2012 T20
16 Warriors v Mum Indians Pune 3 May 2012 T20
0/39, 45 Warriors v Chargers Cuttack 1 May 2012 T20
23 Warriors v Chargers Pune 26 Apr 2012 T20
1, 0/12 Warriors v Daredevils Pune 24 Apr 2012 T20
41, 2/27 Warriors v Daredevils Delhi 21 Apr 2012 T20
24 Warriors v Super Kings Chennai 19 Apr 2012 T20

Some felt he couldn't play the bouncer, others swore that he was God on the off-side; some laughed at his lack of athleticism, others took immense pride in his ability to galvanise a side. Sourav Ganguly's ability to polarise opinion led to one of the most fascinating dramas in Indian cricket. Yet, nobody can dispute that he was India's most successful Test captain - forging a winning unit from a bunch of talented, but directionless, individuals - and nobody can argue about him being one of the greatest one-day batsmen of all time. Despite being a batsman who combined grace with surgical precision in his strokeplay, his career had spluttered to a standstill before being resurrected by a scintillating hundred on debut at Lord's in 1996. Later that year, he was promoted to the top of the order in ODIs and, along with Sachin Tendulkar, formed one of the most destructive opening pairs in history.

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    • January 11, 1992
      Inauspicious debut
      • Makes his ODI debut, his only international on the tour of Australia. Scores 3 and is duly dropped. His highest score on the tour is 29, against Queensland.
    • June 21 and 22, 1996
      Test debut is different
      • In his first Test, at Lord's, scores an imperious century. Follows it up with another century in the very next Test at Trent Bridge, on July 4.
    • October 23, 1996
      Quite a sighter
      • In his 11th one-dayer, in Jaipur, opens the innings for the first time, against South Africa. This is the first time the greatest opening combination in ODI history, him and Sachin Tendulkar, comes together. He scores 54, Tendulkar 64, in a 126-run stand.
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Best Performances
    • 131 v England, Lord's, 1996
      • It has been a month since he last played an international, and four-and-a-half years since he played one before that. Those are also his only two to date. His selection is already the most controversial aspect on the tour - allegedly a work of quota system. After India have squandered the initiative and let England score 344 after having them down at 107 for 5, a familiar story looks in the offing. On a chilly third morning, Ganguly is imperious through the off side, driving both through the covers and behind point. He pulls the short ones capably and hits 20 boundaries in what seems an inevitable century.
    • Sahara Cup v Pakistan, Toronto, 1997
      • The kits are still white, the ball is still swinging, and India-Pakistan clashes are still rare. In his 34 ODIs till date, Ganguly has scored only one century and taken only one wicket. The wickets here are to his immense liking; he bowls accurately, getting just enough movement at just about the right pace, taking a wicket every 20 balls, and for 10 runs each. He is winning matches with the bat too, the most significant being the run-a-ball 75 as India successfully chase 160 in 26 overs. He ends up the best batsman and the best bowler in both the sides. He is the Man of the Match in the first match of the next year's Sahara Cup too.
    • 124 v Pakistan, Independence Cup final, Dhaka, 1997-98
      • A target of over 300 has been chased successfully only once in the past. India are chasing 315 against Pakistan, in the third of the best-of-three finals. Sachin Tendulkar gets off to a blazing start, but gets out for 41. Robin Singh scores a run-a-ball 80 too, but it's Ganguly who holds the innings together with a well-paced 124. When he gets out, India are close enough, but go on to make a mess before finally winning in dramatic fashion.
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Cricinfo picks - Our top articles on this player
  • The heart of the matter (Feb 1, 2006)
    Why Sourav Ganguly is the most fascinating Indian cricketer of our time
  • The art of the riposte (Mar 5, 2007)
    Dropped and just about forgotten, Sourav Ganguly has returned in a manner that has confounded many. "I've come back to this stage all on my own and that feels very good," he says
  • Hard edge inside (Dec 1, 2001)
    Contrary, imperious and difficult, he is also the best man to lead India. Rohit Brijnath on the importance of being Sourav Ganguly
  • Ganguly - 'I have had enough of this short-ball business' (Dec 11, 2003)
    A country obsessed with Sachin Tendulkar has found a new hero in Sourav Ganguly, whose stirring, expectation-belying hundred, as much saved India from embarrassment at Brisbane, as it has added a new significance to India's tour
  • The many sides of Sourav (Nov 6, 2008)
    Sometimes a rebel, often a creative force, always in the thick of it, Ganguly has been a many-layered character, and his career an astonishing one
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Sep 28, 2014

Sourav Ganguly is the co-owner of the football franchise, Atletico de Kolkata, in the newly launched Indian Super League, Kolkata, September 28, 2104

Sourav Ganguly is the co-owner of the football franchise, Atletico de Kolkata


Aug 4, 2014

Sourav Ganguly with cricketer Ranadeb Bose after being elected the Joint Secretary of the Cricket Association of Bengal, Kolkata, August 4, 2014

Sourav Ganguly with cricketer Ranadeb Bose after being elected the Joint Secretary of the Cricket Association of Bengal


Jul 21, 2014

Sourav Ganguly rings the five-minute bell, England v India, 2nd Investec Test, Lord's, 5th day, July 21, 2014

Sourav Ganguly rings the five-minute bell

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Tour Results
PCB XI v England XI at Dubai (CA) - Jan 11-13, 2012
England XI won by 100 runs
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