Sourav Ganguly has spent most of his birthdays outside Kolkata © Getty Images
Sourav Ganguly has spent most of his birthdays outside Kolkata © Getty Images

Kolkata: Former India captain Sourav Ganguly is happy celebrating his 43rd birthday with family and friends here today as wishes poured in on the social media from the cricket fraternity all over the world. On the eve of his birthday, Ganguly had said, “Nothing new… This time, I’m in Kolkata and will spend the time with my family.” READ: Sourav Ganguly’s five impactful knocks

Having represented the national cricket team in 113 Tests and 311 ODIs, Ganguly has been one of the most successful Indian captains. Leading the Men in Blue to the famous Natwest triumph in 2002, Ganguly was instrumental in instilling confidence and aggression in the Indian side — a quality that they lacked. READ: Top five bowling spells by Sourav Ganguly

Board of Control for Cricket in India (BCCI) was early to wish its ex-captain a happy birthday. The International Cricket Council (ICC) was also quick to write on its twitter handle. Anil Kumble, who shared the Indian dressing room with the’Prince of Kolkata’, also wished ‘Dada’. IPL franchises like Mumbai Indians and Rajasthan Royals also wished the left-handed batsman on the auspicious day.