Sourav Chandidas Ganguly (About this sound pronunciation (help·info); born 8 July 1972), affectionately known as Dada (meaning “elder brother” in Bengali), is a former Indian cricketer and captain of the Indian national team. Currently, he is appointed as the honourable President of the CABand President of the Editorial Board with Wisden India.
Ganguly was introduced into the world of cricket by his elder brother Snehasish. He is regarded as one of India’s most successful captains in modern times, and one of the greatest ODI batsmen of all time.He started his career by playing in state and school teams. Currently, he is the 8th highest run scorer in One Day Internationals (ODIs) and was the 3rd batsman in history to cross the 10,000 run landmark, after Sachin Tendulkar and Inzamam Ul Haq. In 2002, the Wisden Cricketers’ Almanack ranked him the sixth greatest ODI batsman of all time, next to Viv Richards, Sachin Tendulkar, Brian Lara, Dean Jones and Michael Bevan.In September 2005, Greg Chappell became the coach of India for the tour of Zimbabwe. Ganguly’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” behaviour was damaging the team.This email was leaked to the media and resulted in huge backlash from Ganguly’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 Ranbir Singh Mahendra issued a statement that,
Author Pradeep Mandhani 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 with the second most wins and led them for a record 49 matches twice more than both Azharuddin and Sunil Gavaskar. Compared to his batting average of 45.47 when not captain,Ganguly’s Test batting average as captain was a lower 37.66..