Sourav Ganguly had scored © Getty Images
Sourav Ganguly had scored 18,575 international runs © Getty Images

Jul 8, 2014

Sourav Ganguly, born on July 8, 1972, celebrates his 42nd birthday on Tuesday. The former Indian captain is a veteran of over 110 Test matches and over 300 One-Day Internationals (ODIs) for India. The highlight of Ganguly’s captaincy was arguably leading India to the finals in the 2003 ICC World Cup in South Africa.

With 18,575 international runs, Ganguly is one of India’s leading run-scorers and a part of India’s fabled “Fab Four” along with Sachin Tendulkar, Rahul Dravid and VVS Laxman. Ganguly was also a very useful medium-pacer, with 100 ODI wickets to his name including a match-winning spell of five for 16 against arch-rivals Pakistan in Toronto. He made his Test debut in 1996, scoring a century at Lord’s, and retired in 2008.