Wishes poured in from all around as Team India’s former skipper and BCCI President Sourav Ganguly on Thursday celebrated his 49th birthday. Affectionately called as ‘Prince of Kolkata’, Sourav Ganguly is arguably the best captain to have led Team India and has been lauded by many for his fearless approach. While many took to Twitter to wish the BCCI President on his birthday, West Bengal Chief Minister Mamata Banerjee decided to wish Ganguly personally.
West Bengal CM Mamata Banerjee paid a visit to Sourav Ganguly’s residence in Kolkata and presented Team India’s former skipper with a flower bouquet. Mamata Banerjee also interacted with Ganguly’s family over snacks. Republic TV has accessed inside pictures of the Sourav-Mamata meeting. In the pictures, Sourav Ganguly, his better half Dona Ganguly, mother Nirupa Ganguly can be seen interacting with the West Bengal Chief Minister.
Widely regarded as one of the finest captains in Indian cricketing history, the stylish left-hander was also a showman with the bat during his playing days. Beyond retirement, Sourav Ganguly continues to remain attached to the game as a cricket administrator. Sourav Ganguly is also famous by the name of ‘Dada’ which literally means ‘Elder-Brother’.
‘Dada’ is the third-fastest to register 10,000 runs in One Day Internationals. He also holds the record for the highest individual score in CWC for India. Ganguly had achieved this feat when he scored 183 against Sri Lanka during their 1999 World Cup group stage match. Apart from all these, Sourav Ganguly also captained Team India to 11 wins in 28 overseas Tests.
In fact, the southpaw had laid the foundations for the Indian cricket team’s success in the early 2000s. Under Sourav Ganguly’s captaincy, Team India registered some of its most spectacular away wins and competed fiercely against the legendary Australian side.