Saurav Ganguly turns 44 today. Born on 8 July 1972, the man is not just known for his stellar cricketing abilities but is also remembered as one of the most successful captains in the world of cricket. With birthday wishes for Dada trending on Twitter, here's a quick look at some interesting facts about the 'Bengal Tiger' who is currently the president of Cricket Association of Bengal.
Ganguly was awarded the Padma Shri in 2004, India's fourth highest civilian award, in recognition of his distinguished contribution in the field of sports.
Sehwag (@virendersehwag) July 8, 2016
He is part Supreme Court of India appointed Justice Mudgal committee probe panel for the IPL spot-fixing and betting scandal's investigations. He is also a member of IPL governing council.
Considered one of the greatest ODI batsmen of all time, he is the third batsman to cross the 10,000-run landmark and eighth highest run scorer in the one-day format of the game.
Harsha Bhogle (@bhogleharsha) July 8, 2016
The Wisden Cricketers' Almanack, world's most famous cricket reference book, ranked him the sixth greatest ODI batsman of all time. He is also currently the president of the Editorial Board with Wisden India.
Ganguly is the third cricketer in the world, along with Aravinda De Silva and Mahela Jayawardene, to score a 100 and lead a team to the final of a World Cup.
Happy birthday @SGanguly99! May the almighty shower lots of love and blessings!— Anil Kumble (@anilkumble1074) July 8, 2016
One of the most memorable moments involving Ganguly was when, in a fit of euphoria, he took off his jersey in public and waved it in the air to celebrate India's victory in the final match of the 2002 NatWest Series held in Lords.