Former India captain Sourav Ganguly, who turns 50 on Saturday, shared a video on the eve of his birthday featuring photos from his illustrious international career. However, his former teammate Irfan Pathan noticed an error in one of the photos. Pathan jokingly pointed out that the photo was of him batting, not Ganguly.
In response to the tweet, Pathan playfully mentioned the resemblance between their batting styles and thanked Ganguly for the compliment. Sourav Ganguly, fondly referred to as ‘daadi’ by his teammates, was known for his aggressive batting and inspiring leadership.
Sourav Ganguly made his international debut in 1992 and quickly established himself as one of India’s finest batsmen. He scored 7212 runs in 113 Tests and 11,363 runs in 311 ODIs, with several memorable performances. His partnership with Sachin Tendulkar in ODIs remains the highest in history.
Daadi I never knew that we look so similiar while batting that you will get confused;) But Thank you i will take that as a huge compliment 🤗 pic.twitter.com/odsj2aa5En
— Irfan Pathan (@IrfanPathan) July 7, 2023
However, Ganguly’s captaincy is what truly defined his career. He took charge during a challenging period for Indian cricket and led the team to notable victories. Under his leadership, India defeated Australia in a historic Test series at home, including the iconic win at Eden Gardens after following on. Ganguly also guided India to the final of the 2003 World Cup and the 2002 Champions Trophy.
Despite a fallout with then-coach Greg Chappell, Sourav Ganguly made a successful comeback to the national team and retired from international cricket in 2008. He later captained Kolkata Knight Riders and Sahara Pune Warriors in the IPL before retiring from all forms of cricket in 2012.
Ganguly’s impact on Indian cricket goes beyond his statistics. His leadership and aggressive approach transformed the team’s mindset, leaving a lasting legacy. As he prepares for his birthday announcement, fans reminisce about his contributions to the sport and eagerly anticipate what the future holds for the iconic cricketer.