Sourav Ganguly complete information
Sourav Ganguly complete information Sourav Ganguly
Full name Sourav Candida’s Ganguly
Born July 8, 1972, Calcutta (now Kolkata), Bengal
Current age 46 years 141 days
Major teams India, Asia XI, Bengal, East Zone, and Glam organ, India Under-19s, Kolkata Knight Riders, Lancashire, Marylebone Cricket Club, Northampton shire, 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 Ganguly complete information Biography
Sourav Ganguly complete information 1972–1989: Early life and introduction to cricket
Sourav Ganguly was born on 8 July 1972 in Calcutta, and is the youngest son of Candida’s and Neruda Ganguly. Candida ran a flourishing print business and was one of the richest men in the city. Ganguly had a luxurious childhood and was nicknamed the ‘Maharaja’, meaning the ‘Great King’. Ganguli’s father Candida’s Ganguly died at the age of 73 on 21 February 2013 after a long illness.
Since the favorite sport for the people of Calcutta was football, Ganguly was initially attracted to the game. However, academics came in-between his love for sports and Neruda was not very supportive of Ganguly taking up cricket or any other sport as a career. By then, his elder brother Snehasish was already an established cricketer for the Bengal cricket team. He supported Ganguli’s dream to be a cricketer and asked their father to get Ganguly enrolled in a cricket coaching camp during his summer holidays. Ganguly was studying in tenth grade at that time.
Despite being right-handed, Ganguly learnt to bat left-handed so he could use his brother’s sporting equipment. After he showed some promise as a batsman, he was enrolled in a cricket academy. An indoor multi-gym and concrete wicket was built at their home, so he and Snehasish could practice the game. They used to watch a number of old cricket match videos, especially the games played by David Gower, whom Ganguly admired. After he scored a century against the Orissa Under–15 side, he was made captain of St Xavier’s School’s cricket team, where several of his teammates complained against what they perceived to be his arrogance. While touring with a junior team, Ganguly refused his turn as the twelfth man, as he reportedly felt that the duties involved, which included organizing equipment and drinks for the players, and delivering messages, were beneath his social status. Ganguly purportedly refused to do such tasks as he considered it beneath his social status to assist his teammates in such a way. However, his playmanship gave him a chance to make his first-class cricket debut for Bengal in 1989, the same year that his brother was dropped from the team.
1990–96: Career beginning and debut success
See also: List of centuries scored on Test cricket debut
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Sourav Ganguly complete information The Lord’s Pavilion
Following a prolific Rajni season in 1990–91, Ganguly scored three runs in his One Day International (ODI) debut for India against the West Indies in 1992. He was dropped immediately since he was perceived to be “arrogant” and his attitude towards the game was openly questioned. It was rumored that Ganguly refused to carry drinks for his teammates, commenting that it was not his job to do so, later denied by him. Consequently, he was removed from the team. He toiled away in domestic cricket, scoring heavily in the 1993–94 and 1994–95 Rajni seasons. Following an innings of 171 in the 1995–96 Dileep Trophy, he was recalled to the National team for a tour of England in 1996, in the middle of intense media scrutiny. He played in a single ODI, but was omitted from the team for first Test. However, after teammate Navjote Singh Sidhu left the touring, citing ill-treatment by then captain Mohammad Azharuddin’s, Ganguly made his Test debut against England in the Second Test of a three-match series at Lord’s Cricket Ground alongside Rahul Dravid.England had won the First Test of the three-match series; however, Ganguly scored a century, becoming only the third cricketer to achieve such a feat on debut at Lord’s, after Harry Graham and John Hampshire. Andrew Strauss and Matt Prior have since accomplished this feat, but Ganguli’s 131 still remains the highest by any batsman on his debut at the ground. India was not required to bat in the second innings due to the match ending in a draw. In the next Test match at Trent Bridge he made 136, thus becoming only the third batsman to make a century in each of his first two innings (after Lawrence Rowe and Alvin Kallicharran). He shared a 255 run stand with Sachi Tendulkar, which became at that time the highest partnership for India against any country for any wicket outside India. The Test again ended in a draw, handing England a 1–0 series victory; Ganguly scored 48 in the second innings.
Sourav Ganguly complete information Ganguly married with Dona Royce
Sourav Ganguly complete information Dona Ganguly
Born Dona Roy
August 22, 1976 (age 42)
Organization Diksha Manjra
Known for Odessa dancer
Spouse(s) Sourav Ganguly (m. 1997)
Children Sana Ganguly (b. 2001)
Parent(s) Sanjeev Roy (father)
Swapna Roy (Mother)
Dona Ganguly (née Roy) is an Indian Bengali Odessa dancer. She took her dancing lessons from Kallicharran Mohapatra. She has a dance troupe Diksha Manjra. In 1997 she eloped with and married her childhood friend and later Indian cricketer and skipper Sourav Ganguly, currently the president of Cricket Association of Bengal. The couple has a daughter named Sana (born in 2001).
Sourav Ganguly complete information Personal life
Dona Ganguly was born on August 22, 1976 in an affluent business family in Behala, Kolkata. Her parents were Sanjeev Roy (father) and Swapna Roy (mother). She was a student of Loreto Convent School.
She eloped with her childhood friend Sourav Ganguly because their families were sworn enemies at that time. Later their families accepted the marriage and a formal wedding took place in February 1997. The couple have a daughter Sana Ganguly.
Dona Ganguly started learning dance from Ambala Shankar when she was only 3 years old. Later she shifted to Odessa under the guidance of Guru Giridhari Nayak. Dona considers the most significant development took place when she met Kallicharran Mohapatra and started taking dancing lessons from him. At early stage of her career, in different programs, Mohapatra accompanied her many times with Pakhavaj.
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Ganguly in Sri Lanka in 2008.
Weeks after his successful tour of England, Ganguly eloped with childhood sweetheart Dona Roy. The bride and groom’s family were sworn enemies at that point and this news caused an uproar between them. However, both families reconciled and a formal wedding was held in February 1997. Same year, Ganguly scored his maiden ODI century by hitting 113, opposed to Sri Lanka’s team total of 238. Later that year, he won four consecutive man of the match awards, in the Sahara Cup with Pakistan; the second of these was won after he took five wickets for 16 runs off 10 overs, his best bowling in an ODI. After a barren run in Test cricket his form returned at the end of the year with three centuries in four Tests, all against Sri Lanka, and two of these involved stands with Sachi Tendulkar of over 250.
During the third final of the Independence Cup at Dhaka in January 1998, India successfully chased down 315 off 48 overs, and Ganguly won the Man of the Match award. In March 1998 he was part of the Indian team that defeated Australia; in Kolkata, he took three wickets having opened the bowling with his medium pace.
Ganguly was part of the Indian team that competed in the 1999 World Cup in England. During the match against Sri Lanka at Taunton, India chose to bat. After Sadagopan Ramesh was bowled, Ganguly scored 183 from 158 balls, and hit 17 fours and seven sixes. It became the second highest score in World Cup history and the highest by an Indian in the tournament. His partnership of 318 with Rahul David is the highest overall score in a World Cup and is the second highest in all ODI cricket. In 1999–00, India lost Test series to both Australia and South Africa that involved a combined total of five Tests. Ganguly struggled scoring 224 runs at 22.40; however his ODI form was impressive, with five centuries over the season taking him to the top of the PwC One Day Ratings for batsmen. Around the same time, allegations came that Ganguly was romantically involved with South Indian actress Magma, something he denied.
Ganguly signing autographs outside his residence.
In September 2005, Greg Chappell became the coach of India for the tour of Zimbabwe. Ganguli’s dispute with him resulted in many headlines. Chappell had emailed the Board of Control for Cricket in India, stating that Ganguly was “physically and mentally” unfit to lead India and that his “divide and rule” behavior was damaging the team. This email was leaked to the media and resulted in huge backlash from Ganguli’s fans. Ganguly had enlisted the support from the Indian media and eventually the board had to intervene and order a truce between the pair. BCCI president Rajbir Singh Mahindra issued a statement that,
“In view of the decision that cricket is to go forward, both the coach and the captain have been asked to work out a mutual and professional working relationship. For this, performance will be the criteria, applicable to captain, coach and players. Of course the captain controls the game, the coach does his own job. Mutual trust is important. Henceforth no player/captain/coach will write or have any interaction with the media. Going to the media will lead to disciplinary action.”
Ganguli’s results in international matches
Matches Won Lost Drawn Tied No result
Test 113 37 35 41 0 –
ODI 311 149 145 – 1 16
Ganguly, Chappell and the Indian team manager for the Zimbabwe tour, Amitabh Chaudhary, were asked to appear before the BCCI committee, where it was reported that assurance of working together was given by them. Consequently, due to his poor form and differences with the coach, Ganguly was dropped as the captain of the team, with David taking his place. Chancres Narayan, chief correspondent for The Times of India, commented that “The row with Greg Chappell just added to the mystery, but he was going through a really bad patch then, his only score [of note] was a hundred against Zimbabwe and that didn’t count for much.” Ten months later, during India’s tour to South Africa, Ganguly was recalled after his middle order replacements Suresh Raina and Mohammad Kaif suffered poor form.
Following India’s poor batting display in the 2006 ICC Champions Trophy and the ODI series in South Africa, in which they were whitewashed 4–0, Ganguly made his comeback to the Test team. Wasim Jaffer, Zaheer Khan and Anil Kemble had earlier been selected for the one-day squad, despite their recent poor performance. Many saw this as an indictment of Coach Greg Chappell’s youth-first policy. Coming in at 37/4, Ganguly scored 83 in a tour match against the rest of South Africa, modifying his original batting style and taking a middle-stump guard, resulting in India winning the match. During his first Test innings since his comeback, against South Africa in Johannesburg his score of 51 helped India to victory, marking the first Test match win for the team in South Africa. Though India lost the series, Ganguly accumulated the most runs on the scoring chart. After his successful Test comeback he was recalled for the ODI team, as India played host to West Indies and Sri Lanka in back to back ODI tournaments. In his first ODI innings in almost two years, he scored a match winning 98. He performed well in both series, averaging almost 70 and won the Man of the Series Award against Sri Lanka.
Ganguly was allotted a place in the official team for the 2007 Cricket World Cup. He was the leading scorer for India in their first round defeat against Bangladesh. After India were knocked out of the tournament in the group stage, there were reports of a rift between certain members of the Indian team and Chappell. Ganguly was alleged to have ignored instructions from the team management to score quickly. After Tendulkar issued a statement saying that what hurt the team most was that “the coach has questioned our attitude”, Chappell decided not to renew his contract with the Indian team and left his post as coach, citing “family and personal reasons”. On 12 December 2007, Ganguly scored his maiden double century of his career while playing against Pakistan. He scored 239 runs in the first innings of the third and final Test match of the series. He was involved in a 300 run partnership for the fifth wicket with Yuvraj Singh. Ganguly remained prolific in both Test and ODI cricket in the year 2007. He scored 1106 Test runs at an average of 61.44 (with three centuries and four fifties) in 2007 to become the second highest run-scorer in Test matches of that year after Jacques Kallus. He was also the fifth highest run-scorer in 2007 in ODIs, where he scored 1240 runs at an average of 44.28.
2008–present: International retirement and IPL
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Ganguly with the symbol of the Kolkata Knight Riders, flanked by Shahrukh Khan on the right and Gauri Khan on the left.
In February 2008, Ganguly joined as the captain of Kolkata Knight Riders (KKR) team, owned by Bollywood actor Shahrukh Khan, as part of the Indian Premier League (IPL). On 18 April 2008, Ganguly led the KKR, in the IPL Twenty20 cricket match. They had a 140 run victory over Bangalore Royal Challengers. Ganguly opened the innings with Brendan McCullum and scored 10 runs while McCullum remained unbeaten, scoring 158 runs in 73 balls. On 1 May, in a game between the Knight Riders and the Rajasthan Royals, Ganguly made his second T20 half century, scoring 51 runs off of 39 balls at a strike rate of 130.76. In his innings, Ganguly hit four 4s and two sixes, topping the scorers list for the Knight Riders.
On 7 July 2008, media reported that Ganguly was being projected as a candidate for the post of President of the Cricket Association of Bengal (CAB) against his former mentor Jag Mohan Dalmia. Reports also suggested that he could run for the post of BCCI President in 2014 as East Zone’s representative. Ganguly himself did not deny the reports and did not rule out any such move. The same year in October, Ganguly announced that the Test series against Australia starting in October 2008 would be his last and stated “[to be honest, I didn’t expect to be picked for this series. Before coming here, [at the conference] I spoke to my team-mates and hopefully I will go out with a winning knock.” Ganguly played in every game of the four-Test series and amassed 324 runs at an average of 54.00. While playing the second Test match of the series in Mohali, Ganguly scored his final test century. In the final test match he played at Nagpur against Australia he scored 85 and 0 in his first and second innings respectively. In the Fourth and final Test, with India needing one wicket to secure a victory, the Indian captain, Mahindra Singh Dhobi, invited Ganguly to lead the side in the field for the final time. India regained the Border-Gavaskar’s Trophy, winning the series.
In May 2009, Ganguly was removed from the captaincy of the KKR for the 2009 season of the IPL, and was replaced by McCullum. The decision was questioned by media and other players of the team, when KKR finished at the bottom of the ranking table with three wins and ten losses. After that, Bengali television channel Zee Bangla roped him as the host of the reality quiz show titled Diagrid Unlimited. It presented participants from the 19 districts of West Bengal, who had to answer questions posed by Ganguly. By August, he was appointed the chairman of CAB’s Cricket Development Committee. The job of the committee is to receive a report from the selectors at the end of every cricket season, assess the accountability of the selectors and make necessary recommendations. He played for the Ramji cup in the Bengal team in October 2009. Ganguly scored 110 in the match against Delhi and was involved in a partnership of 222 runs with Wriddhiman Asha.
In the third season of the IPL, Ganguly was once again given the captaincy of KKR, after the team ended at the bottom in the second season. The coach John Buchanan was replaced by DAV what more. In 40 matches and 38 innings for KKR Ganguly scored 1,031 runs and took eight wickets. In the fourth season of the IPL he was signed by the Pune Warriors India, after being unsold in initial bidding process and he made 50 runs of four matches and three innings. In the 2012 season he has been appointed as the Captain cum mentor for Pune Warriors India. On 29 October 2012, he announced that he has decided not to play in next year’s IPL and to retire from the game.
In 2018 his autobiographical book A Century is not enough was published.
Playing style and influences
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Ganguly in action on the field.
Ganguly commented that David Gower was the first cricketer to attract him to the game. He loved Gower’s style and used to watch old videos of him playing. Other cricketers who had an influence on him are: David Boon, MO hinder Amarnath, Kapil Dev and Allan Border. Ganguly is a left-handed bats man whose runs came primarily from the off-side. Deashes Dutta, author of Sourav Ganguly, the maharaja of cricket, commented that throughout his career, “Ganguly played off-side shots such as the square cut, square drive and cover drive with complete command.” Rahul David has called Ganguly “…next to God on the off-side.” He used to hit powerful shots to the off-side on front and back foot with equal ease. However, early in his career he was not comfortable with the hook and pull, often giving his wicket away with mistiming such shots. He was also criticized for having difficulty in handling short bouncers, notoriously exploited by the Australians and South Africans. However, after his comeback in 2007, he worked upon these weaknesses to a large extent.
Amrita Datary, author of Sourav Ganguly: the fire within, noted that in ODIs, where Ganguly usually opened the innings, he used to try to take the advantage of fielding restrictions by advancing down the pitch and hitting pace bowlers over extra cover and mid-off. She commented: “Ganguly was notorious for attacking left-arm spin bowlers. Due to excellent eye–hand coordination, he was noted for picking the length of the ball early, coming down the pitch and hitting the ball aerially over mid-on or mid wicket, often for a six. However, he did have a weakness in running between the wickets and judging quick single. There were many instances where Ganguli’s batting partner was run out due to Ganguli’s calling for a run, and then sending him back while halfway down the pitch. A situation like this happened in an ODI against Australia where he took a single when on 99, but he coasted and did not ground his bat. Although the bat was past the crease, it was in the air and he was consequently run out. Ganguly said, “I love to watch myself hit a cover drive, to watch myself hit a hundred.” Ganguli’s relationship with former Indian coach John Wright has been well documented in contemporary media, with them denoting the relationship as a “symbiotic process”. They credited Wright and Ganguly with bringing out international class performers, through academic, coaching and scientific fitness regimens. According to Dubey, Ganguly and Wright, along with other members of the team like Tendulkar and David, were the first to understand the importance of a foreign coach for the Indian cricket team and was convinced that the domestic coach has outlived its utility. Ganguli’s aggressive style and Wright’s importance on fitness ushered in the development of a better cricket team for India.
Ganguly is a right-arm medium pace bowler. He can swing and seam the ball both ways and often chips in with useful wickets to break partnerships. Vinod Tiwari, author of the biography Sourav Ganguly praised him saying “[despite not being very athletic as a fielder, Ganguly has taken 100 catches in one-day Internationals. That’s something to be proud of!” However he criticized Ganguli’s ground fielding, especially his slowness in intercepting the ball to prevent runs and his tendency to get injured during catching the ball.
Centuries against different nations
Opposition Test ODI
Sri Lanka 3 4
New Zealand 3 3
Zimbabwe 2 3
England 3 1
Pakistan 2 2
Australia 2 1
South Africa – 3
Bangladesh 1 1
Kenya NA 3
Namibia NA 1
Author Pradeep Mamdani commented that in his tenure between 2000 and 2005, Ganguly became India’s most successful Test captain. He led his team to victory on 21 occasions – seven times more than Mohammad Azharuddin’s with the second most wins—and led them for a record 49 matches—twice more than both Azharuddin’s and Sunil Gavaskar’s. Compared to his batting average of 45.47 when not captain, Ganguli’s Test batting average as captain was a lower 37.66.
Statistics about Ganguly show that he was the seventh Indian cricketer to have played 100 Test matches, the 4th highest overall run scorer for India in Tests, and the fourth Indian to have played in more than 300 ODIs. In terms of overall runs scored in ODIs, Ganguly is the second among Indians after Sachi Tendulkar (who has the most ODI runs) and the eighth overall. He has scored 16 centuries in Test matches and 22 in ODIs. He is also one of only ten batsmen to score more than 10,000 runs in ODIs. Along with Tendulkar, Ganguly has formed the most successful opening pair in One Day Cricket, having amassed the highest number of century partnerships (26) for the first wicket. Together, they have scored more than 7000 runs at an average of 48.98, and hold the world record for creating most number of 50-run partnership in the first wicket (44 fifties). Ganguly became the fourth player to cross 11,000 ODI runs, and was the fastest player to do so in ODI cricket, after Tendulkar. As of 2006, he is the only Indian captain to win a Test series in Pakistan. He is also one of the five players in the world to achieve amazing treble of 10,000 runs, 100 wickets and 100 catches in ODI cricket history, the others being Tendulkar, Kallus, Senath Jayasuriya and Tillakaratne Dilshan.
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Ganguly with the young cricketers of the Kolkata Knight Riders team during IPL 2009.
Author Mihir Bose, in his book, the magic of Indian cricket: cricket and society in India. Commented that “The cricket world had gotten too used to the stereotype of the meek Indian cricketer. All that has changed under Ganguly, perhaps for the better.” He credits Ganguly for not being shy of taking on responsibility. “He showed that he can be a leader of a team, which has greats like Sachi and David in the side, without any problems. Under Ganguli’s leadership, India started winning matches and tournaments, previously lacking from the team considerable. Within a few years of his captaincy, Ganguly rewrote the rules of being a captain of a cricket team. Unlike some of his predecessors, Ganguly was considered impartial, non-parochial, and forever pushed his players to perform better. Off the field, his interactions with the media, his fans, and detractors were uncompromisingly honest and earned him the respect of cricket followers everywhere. However, along with this respect came the criticisms. Ganguly was condemned as a hot-tempered man who refused to listen to other’s opinions and abided by his own rules and regulations. Matthew Engel, ICC sport critic, noted that this “turning deaf” to other’s opinions would one day harm Ganguly and that it was sheer luck that he existed on the sporting world.
Ganguly believed that his legacy as a captain was that he was able to build a proper Indian team. He added,
“[We] were able to change the face of Indian cricket. That’s what I’m proud of, because I think we made a huge difference. People used to think that we would simply roll over when playing out of India, but we changed the image. [The team wouldn’t take any crap from any opposition] Absolutely, and that came from self-belief that, that we had the ability to do well outside India
Bose commented that Ganguli’s greatest legacy lay in his influence on the younger and budding generation of cricketers. Ganguly felt that every young player should play two years of domestic cricket before being selected for international assignments. He also said that every newcomer should be given at least five games to prove himself. Later he explained that being at the receiving end of an unfair decision against him that threatened to ruin his international cricket career, it enabled him to understand the insecurities of other newcomers in the team better than his predecessor. Despite his contributions, his captaincy and coaching methods came under immense scrutiny from the press as well as other scholars. Engel commented that “He seems like aloof to the problems that his mal-decisions are creating. I don’t particularly believe that Ganguly has an ‘effing knowledge how to lead his team and tries to counter-pose it with instigating limitless, confrontational behaviors within the younger members of it. [One day] the time will come when such shock tactics will cease to work. “An article on Chicano Magazine pointed out his reckless behavior. The reporter Rahul Bhattacharya said, “Generally Ganguly fostered angry or reckless young men. To him ‘good behavior’, a broad term espoused by the present team management, belonged in school and probably not even there. He himself had been summoned to the match referee no less than 12 times in the last decade. His approach was bound to precipitate what could possibly be termed a cultural conflict in the world of modern sport. For Ganguly, like for Arjuna Ranting, competitiveness involved brinksmanship rather than training. As far as they were concerned Australia were not to be aspired to. They were simply to be toppled. England were not to be appeased. Victory lay precisely in their disapproval. In other words, Ganguly and Ranting wanted to do things their way.”
Sourav Candida’s Ganguly Explore Sourav Ganguli’s performance Batting and fielding averages
Mat Inns NO Runs HS Ave BF SR 100 50 4s 6s Ct St
Tests Insights on test 113 188 17 7212 239 42.17 14070 51.25 16 35 900 57 71 0
ODIs Insights on ode 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
T20s Insights on t20 77 73 4 1726 91 25.01 1613 107.00 0 8 184 51 28 0
Mat Inns Balls Runs Wits BBI BBM Ave Econ SR 4w 5w 10
Tests Insights on test 113 99 3117 1681 32 3/28 3/37 52.53 3.23 97.4 0 0 0
ODIs Insights on ode 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
T20s Insights on t20 77 37 573 756 29 3/27 3/27 26.06 7.91 19.7 0 0 0
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
ODI debut India v West Indies at Brisbane, Jan 11, 1992 scorecard
Last ODI India v Pakistan at Gwalior, Nov 15, 2007 scorecard
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
T20s debut Glam organ v Somerset at Cardiff, Jun 22, 2005 scorecard
Last T20s Pune Warriors v Kolkata Knight Riders at Pune, May 19, 2012 scorecard
Bat & Bowl Team Opposition Ground Match Date Scorecard
50, 0/16 SRT Blasters v Warne’s Warri Los Angeles 14 Nov 2015 Other T20
12 SRT Blasters v Warne’s Warri Houston 11 Nov 2015 Other T20
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
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 galvanize a side. Sourav Ganguli’s ability to polarize 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 stroke play, 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 Sachi Tendulkar, formed one of the most destructive opening pairs in history.