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Former India captain and current BCCI president Sourav Ganguly turns 48 today

Sourav Ganguly is celebrating his 48th birthday today. Credited with the rise of Indian cricket while instilling aggression and a firm belief that they can win overseas, Ganguly continues to be an icon.

Before he made name as a captain, Ganguly had established himself as one of the finest left-handers to have played the game. His off-side strokeplay led another India legend Rahul Dravid giving this famous quote: On the offside, first there is God, then Sourav Ganguly.

Ganguly made his debut as a 20-year-old, at the hallowed Lord’s cricket ground. He would immediately announce himself to the world with a sublime century on debut and the rest as they say, is history.

He went on to play 113 Tests, scored 7212 runs at 42.17 including 16 centuries and 35 half-centuries.

In ODIs, it was a treat to watch him hit those big sixes. In 311 appearances, Dada amassed 11363 runs with 22 hundreds and 72 fifties.

Ganguly was handed the team’s rein during a tumultuous period of Indian cricket when the match-fixing scandal in 2000 shook them to the core.

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