The former India captain is all set to take on the most coveted post as the BCCI President. It is known that the ‘Prince of Bengal’ has been unanimously chosen for this post. Let’s take a look at his momentous milestones in the world of cricket.
Ganguly being a sports fanatic, was always inclined towards cricket. His elder brother Snehasish supported Ganguly's dream to be a cricketer. Ganguly was enrolled in a cricket coaching camp while he was studying in tenth standard.
His cricket journey kicked-off when he scored a century against the Orissa Under-15 side, became the captain of St. Xavier School’s cricket team and landed in the Bengal Cricket Team.
After a prolific show in the Ranji Trophy in the 1990-91 season, Ganguly scored three runs in his One Day International(ODI) debut for India against the West Indies. He was dismissed for his alleged arrogance.
However in 1997, Dada scored 113 against Sri Lanka, marking his first ODI century.
Despite his setback in the 1992 ODI, he worked immensely hard in the 1993-94 and 1994-95 Ranji seasons. The impressive scores at Ranji led to his comeback in the national team on the England tour of 1996.
In his 1996 Test Debut, Sourav Ganguly made a statement that he’s here to stay and proved it by scoring a century at the Lord's against England.
Dada created a record by scoring 183 in the famous World Cup 1999 match between India and Sri Lanka; the highest individual score by an Indian batsman in an ODI World Cup. This record-breaking milestone won Dada, a million hearts.
Right after the match fixing scandal by some of the players of the team, Ganguly was made the captain of the Indian cricket team.
Ganguly's captaincy helped India win a number of series in South Africa. It also led the Indian team to the finals of the ICC KnockOut Trophy in 2000 and ICC Cricket World Cup in 2003.
Dr. A. P. J. Abdul Kalam awarded Ganguly the title of Padma Shri in 2004 for his major contributions towards cricket.
After a slew of unfortunate events, Ganguly made a strong comeback by scoring a decisive 51 in the first Test against South Africa.
He became a part of the official team for the 2007 Cricket World Cup and also the leading run scorer for India in their first round against Bangladesh.
In 2008, he bid adieu to the international cricket and captained the team ‘Kolkata Knight Riders’ in 2008 and 2010 Indian Premier League.
After his retirement, Ganguly started as the president of Cricket Association of Bengal (CAB), the governing body for cricket in West Bengal.
After filing his nomination for the post of the BCCI president at the Indian cricket board's headquarters in Mumbai, Dada is all set to become the 2nd Indian cricketer after Maharaja of Vizianagaram to serve as the president of the BCCI.