Former Indian captain and BCCI President Sourav Ganguly is celebrating his 49th birthday on Thursday. Affectionately known as ‘Dada’ among admirers of the sport, Ganguly is regarded as one of India’s greatest captains.

As a player, he was an incredible person with many records. Let’s take a look at interesting facts about that former Indian captain:

  • This left-handed batting legend is basically a right-hander. He writes right-handed, bowls right-handed, and does almost everything from that hand. He batted left-handed because his brother Snehashish was left-handed and thus he could use his elder brother’s kit.
  • He is the ninth-highest run-scorer in ODI history and third among the Indians, with 11,363 runs only behind Sachin Tendulkar and Virat Kohli.
  • Dada is the only cricketer to win four successive Man of the Match (MoM) awards in ODIs. He earned these four MoM awards between September 14 and 21, 1997 and also India has never lost a game when he has scored a century.
  • Despite being dropped from the team, his average in Tests never fell below 40. Dada ended his career with 7212 runs at an average of 42.17.
  • Another interesting fact is being a batsman; he has the best ODI bowling figure for an Indian captain. His bowling figures were 10-1-34-5 against Zimbabwe at Kanpur on December 11, 2000. Dada is also one of the only six cricketers to have achieved the unique treble of 10,000 runs, 100 wickets & 100 catches in ODI cricket.
  • The former Indian captain is the only batsman to score a century on debut (vs England) and to be dismissed first ball in his final Test innings (vs Australia) and also has the highest individual score by an Indian batsman (183 vs Sri Lanka in 1999) in the Cricket World Cup.
  • He is India’s most successful Test captain overseas, winning 11 out of 28 matches that he led.
  • Geoffrey Boycott once called him ‘The Prince of Calcutta’. His parents nicknamed him ‘Maharaj’. Some labelled him the ‘Royal Bengal tiger’ for his temper, while some argued him to be the best Indian Cricket team captain ever. And most lovingly, he is known as ‘Dada’.
  • The Prince of Kolkata is only the second Indian cricketer to become the BCCI president. The first to do so was Maharaja of Vizianagaram in 1954. Notably, Sunil Gavaskar and Shivlal Yadav have acted as interim presidents in the past. It was on October 23, 2019, when Ganguly formally took over as the 39th BCCI President without facing any opposition to his candidacy.

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