You can call him ‘Prince of Calcutta’, ‘Dada’ of Indian Cricket Team, ‘The Maharaja’, ‘The God of the Off side‘ or ‘The Warrior Prince’. Such is the love and admiration for the man in this cricket crazy country. Sourav Ganguly will always feature among the best captains in the history of cricket. He was often called an arrogant player/captain during his playing days but Ganguly always refused that tag and never liked it. Also Read: Sourav Ganguly’s 10 memorable TV commercials

It is true that if you want to win games against teams like Australia, then you have to be a bit arrogant and that’s what Ganguly did on many occasions. Whatever the statistics may suggest, but Ganguly will always remain the best Indian captain for many fans and former cricketers. Throughout his career, Ganguly pushed many cricketers at international level along with his team with the hunger to win, be it overseas or home conditions. He was also involved in many verbal altercations with the opposition players and few times Ganguly even played some mind games. Also Read: 13 anecdotes that exemplify Sourav Ganguly as witty, quick-thinking and master of ripostes

Beside all this, Ganguly was always hailed by his opponent captains, players and former cricketers as well for his courageous way of batting and leading the side. On the occasion of Ganguly’s 45th birthday, we present some exceptional quotes from the greats of this game.

Kumar Sangakkara on his captaincy

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Kumar Sangakkara on his batting, especially on the off-side

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His old nemesis Steve Waugh now praises him

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Even the WALL, Rahul Dravid is a fan of Dada’s off-side strokeplay

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The GOD (Sachin Tendulkar) to the GOD of Off-Side

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One great leader to another. MS Dhoni on Sourav Ganguly

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‘Very Very Special’ Laxman speaks on Ganguly’s ‘Very Very Special’ abilities

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Kapil Dev gives his judgement

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When someone as verbose as Virender Sehwag is left with no words!

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Harbhajan Singh has always credited Dada for his phenomenal success

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Geoffrey Boycott on his ‘Prince of Calcutta’

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We know them as great players and two brilliant leaders of men, but Ricky Ponting shares a good camaraderie with Dada

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One elegant left-handed Prince to another. Brian Lara speaks on Ganguly

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Graeme Smith compares Ganguly to ‘Steve Waugh’

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Had Ganguly not been the captain, Javagal Srinath would have retired long back!

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(Abhishek Kumar is a cricket devotee currently staffing with Criclife.com. He can be followed on Twitter @abhik2593 and on Facebook at abhicricket.kumar)