Sourav Ganguly Cricketer Profile – Age, Achievements, Career, Stats & More

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Sourav Ganguly is a man who has had an exciting career. However, controversies have surrounded him in his entire career. Being a left-handed batsman and right-arm medium bowler, he has made some unpleasant decisions on the field. However, he has contributed so much to the growth of cricket in India. In addition, he also had a chance to hold positions in major cricket offices.

Basic Information About Sourav Ganguly

Full Name Sourav Chadidas Ganguly
Age 49 years
Born In Behala Calcutta
Bat Style Left-Handed
Bowl Style Right Arm medium
Nationality Indian
Birth Date July 8, 1972
Height 5ft 11In (1.8m)
Spouse Dona Roy
Net Worth $50 million
Teams India, Asia XI, India U19, Kolkata Knight Riders, Pune Warriors, Sachin Blasters, Libra Legends

 

Sourav Ganguly Cricket Batting and Bowling Stats:

Test: In his Test career, Sourav played 118 matches with 188 and scored 7212 runs. His bowling average for the Test is 42.17 and a strike rate of 52.25. He has scored 16 centuries, one double century, and 35 fifties. In addition, he has also scored 900 fours and 57 sixes. In bowling, he has made 99 innings out of 3117 balls and scored 1681 runs. However, he has also picked 32 wickets, and his bowling average is 52.53 and a strike rate of 97.40. Sourav Ganguly’s best bowling innings (BBI) is 3/28, and his best bowling in a match (BBM) of 3/37.

ODI: In the ODI series, Sourav Ganguly has played 311 and made 300 innings with 11363 runs. His batting average is 41.02 and a strike rate of 73.70. Additionally, he has made 22 centuries, 72 fifties, 1122 fours, and 190 sixes. He has also bowled 171 innings out of 4561 balls and scored 3849 runs. In the ODIs, he managed to pick 100 wickets, and his average is 38.49 and a strike rate of 45.60. He has a BBI and BBM of 5/16 and 1 four-wicket haul and two five-wicket hauls.

T20: Sourav Ganguly has played 77 matches and has 73 innings scoring 1726 runs. However, his batting average is 25.01 and a strike rate of 107.00. Sourav has eight fifties, 184 fours, and 51 sixes. He has bowled 37 innings out of 573 balls scoring 756 runs. He has managed to pick 29 wickets and has an average of 26.06 and a strike rate of 19.07. However, his BBI and BBM in this format are 3/27.

First Class:  Since his debut in this series, he has played 254 matches. Sourav Ganguly has made 399 innings and scored 15687 runs and a batting average of 44.18. In addition, he scored 33 centuries and 89 fifties. With no innings in bowling out of 11108 balls, Sourav managed to score 6099 runs. He has 167 wickets and a BBI of 6/46. In addition, his bowling average is 36.52 and a strike rate of 66.50 with four five-wicket hauls.

Career Information:

  • Test Debut: Played against England at Lord’s, Chennai on June 26, 1996, and England won.
  • Last Test Match: played against Australia at Vidarbha Cricket Association Stadium on November 6, 2008, and India won.
  • ODI Debut: Played against West Indies at The Gabba on January 11, 1992, and West Indies won.  
  • Last ODI Match: Played against Pakistan at Captain Roop Singh Stadium on November 15, 2007, and India won.
  • IPL Debut: Played against Royal Challengers Bangalore at M Chinnaswamy Stadium on April 18, 2008, and Kolkata Knight Riders won.
  • Last IPL Match: Played against Kolkata Knight Riders at Maharashtra Cricket Association Stadium on May 19, 2012, and Kolkata Knight Riders won.

Sourav Ganguly Records, Achievements, and Awards

Sourav Ganguly has had an exciting and shaky career. However, this didn’t stop him from getting to the heights of success, although he had many controversies. Nevertheless, he focused and worked hard, made some exciting achievements, and set records in the cricket world. Here are some of the achievements, awards, controversies, and retirement details.

  • Sourav Ganguly is among the five cricket players who have scored 10,000 runs, picked 100 wickets and 100 catches in the ODIs.
  • He has a record of the highest individual score in the cricket World Cup. He scored 183 runs when India played Sri Lanka in 1999.
  • He has won four back-to-back Man-of-the-match awards in the ODIs.
  • He is the most successful Indian ever captain in Test cricket in international matches. He registered 11 wins in 28 matches. 
  • In his peak years, Sourav Ganguly hit three centuries in the ICC Champions Trophy.
  • Sourav is the second left-handed Indian batsman in the world to have reached 10000 runs in the ODI (11,363).
  • Sourav was the President of the Cricket Association of Bengal (CAB) for five years, from 2015-2019.
  • He also became the President of the BBCI.

Sourav Ganguly Awards

  • In 1998 he received the Arjuna Award for his outstanding performance in cricket.
  • In 2000, he was given the CEAT Cricketer of the year award for his excellent batting as an opener.
  • In 2001, he won the CEAT Captain of the Year award for how he led the team.
  • In 2004, Sourav Ganguly was honored with the Padma Shri Award for his exceptional contribution to cricket in India.

Sourav Ganguly Controversies

Although he was a great player, he has had controversies throughout his career. Here are some of the controversies he has had that almost tinted his image and ended his career.

  • Sourav had a tiff with the former Indian coach Greg Chappell after mentioning that Sourav’s captaincy and batting weren’t going well. 
  • In the IPL, his conflict with Rajasthan Royals team member Shane Warner when Sourav Ganguly failed to show up in time to the crease to bat angered Shane that he spoke to the media.
  • He Withdrew from Kolkata Knight Riders because the management suggested multiple captains.
  • He did a shirt waive-off in the NatWest series in a tight match versus England.
  • In 2001Sourav Ganguly was in the media again for making Steve Waugh wait for the toss.
  • And in the same year, there were rumors on social media that he was dating actress Nagma.
  • Lastly, in 1991-1992, he refused to carry drinks for his teammates when India had traveled to Australia. 

Post Retirement

Sourav is now retired from international cricket. However, he is now involved in the development of the game commentary. He is an appointed member of the commentary panel for the ICC World Cup and is the President of BCCI.

Reference Resource: 

  1. https://www.sportskeeda.com/player/sourav-ganguly
  2. https://www.sportzcraazy.com/sourav-ganguly-biography/
  3. https://www.cricbuzz.com/profiles/29/sourav-ganguly
  4. https://www.espncricinfo.com/player/sourav-ganguly-28779
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