Sourav Ganguly: The Real Prince Of Indian Cricket

pradhyumn thakurContributor IApril 24, 2010

NEW DELHI, INDIA - NOVEMBER 01:  Sourav Ganguly of India during day four of the Third Test match between India and Australia at the Feroz Shah Kotla Stadium on November1,2008 in New Delhi,India.  (Photo by Michael Steele/Getty Images)
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Born to an affluent family of Calcutta, Sourav Ganguly is indisputably the most successful captain of India.

This left-handed batsman is lefty by choice so that he could use the cricket gear of his elder brother during his childhood.

His aggressive cricketing career has remained controversial throughout. Back in 1992, when India was touring West Indies he made his debut in ODIs, but failed to leave his mark and consequently, was dropped.

Although his performance was pointed as the reason for him getting dropped, it was rumoured that it was his arrogant attitude which put a halt to his international career for almost four years. He refused to carry drinks to the field for the players.

Critics then called him an arrogant  person with no talent and declared him done with his career.

Making his comeback in international cricket in 1996, he smashed centuries in both innings in his debut test match, he clinched the Man of The Series for that tour against England.

His strong work ethic and in-field capability bagged him the captiancy in 1999 when Sachin Tendulkar stepped down. This was just the begining for him.

He has won 21 test matches as a captain, with seven wins abroad, leaving Mohd Azharuddin behind with 14 test victories. Sourav has the success rate of 42 out of 49 matches, the best that any Indian captain has ever achived.

As a batsman he has made 11363 ODI runs from 300 matches with 21 centuries. His accolades come from the fact that he did a lot to groom youngsters of his team and believed that at least five chances should be given to any newcomer to prove himself.

Speaking of contributions, he took India to the World Cup Finals in 2003 with his aggresive captaincy.

His on-field and off-field activities have always created headlines, be it, taking off his shirt during the final of Natwest Series in 2002 or arriving late for the toss, making his Australian counterpart Steve Waugh to wait for him.

His feud with Greg Chappel caused him to be dropped from his side in 2006. Retiring from both Tests and ODIs, he is still On with his charismatic performance as a captian of the Kolkata Knight Riders in the IPL.

This IPL season, he is the third highest run scorer with 493 runs from 14 matches with a dashing strike-rate of 141.84.

Treated next to God in his hometown, Sourav has endless accolades as when it comes to passion for cricket, no one can actually match him.

He has been awarded the Padma-Shri award in 2004, which is one of the highest civil awards in India.

With Sachin Tendulkar being the King, Sourav is undoubtedly the prince of Indian cricket.