Former Pakistan pacer, Shoaib Akhtar has posted a special message for former India skipper Sourav Ganguly on latter’s birthday. With Ganguly celebrated his 47th birthday on Monday, Akhtar was all praise for the legendary skipper. During their illustrious playing careers, Akhtar and Ganguly had faced each other quite a few times and it is safe to say that the cricketing world thoroughly enjoyed watching them. The two then became teammates in 2008 when Akhtar played for the Kolkata Knight Riders.
Ganguly led the KKR team and when Akhtar had joined the team, he made his presence felt. His terrifying bowling was a treat to watch, especially the devastating spell against Delhi Daredevils when he picked up 4 for 11 is still considered as one of the best spells in the history of the tournament. He could play only three games for the Knight Riders.
However, those three matches were more than enough for him to realize just how good a captain Ganguly is. Shoaib in his birthday wish for Ganguly. He tweeted, “A very happy birthday to Dada @SGanguly99. Other than @wasimakramlive, Dada is the best captain I played under at @KKRiders. A beautiful human being & someone who genuinely represents cricket as a gentleman’s game.
Lots of love”.
A very happy birthday to Dada @SGanguly99. Other than @wasimakramlive, Dada is the best captain i played under at @KKRiders.
A beautiful human being & someone who genuinely represents cricket as a gentleman's game.
Lots of love. pic.twitter.com/v6bKVtcRHy
— Shoaib Akhtar (@shoaib100mph) July 8, 2019
Sourav is one of the greatest cricketers to have played for India as he made his Test debut at Lord’s with a century against England and did not look back thereafter. With 11,363 runs in 311 ODIs, Ganguly is currently the third highest run-scorer for India in the ODIs. However, he will be remembered more as a fearless captain who gave Indian cricket a new direction.
Ganguly was got the leadership baton in 2000 in the wake of the match-fixing scandal. And it did not take Ganguly long to change the course of Indian cricket. He led the team to its first series victory against South Africa as well as the final of the 2003 World Cup.