Sourav Ganguly takes 5/34, hits an unbeaten 71, and then gets a one-match suspension.

The current president of the Board of Control for Cricket in India is Chandidas Sourav Ganguly (also known as Gangopadhyay). He is an Indian cricket administrator, commentator, and former national team captain. He was born on July 8, 1972, and is affectionately known as Dada (meaning “elder brother” in Bengali) (BCCI).

He is referred to be the Maharaja of Indian Cricket. [Who is it?] Ganguly established himself as one of the best batsmen in the world and one of the most successful captains of the Indian national cricket team during his playing career. While batting, he was especially effective on the offside, earning the nickname “God of the Off Side” for his exquisite stroke play square of the wicket and through the covers.

He was the captain of the Indian national cricket team and played as a left-handed opening batter. In 2019, he was elected president of the BCCI and Wisden India’s President of the Editorial Board. He was the President of the Cricket Association of Bengal, the governing body for cricket in West Bengal, India, before being elected President of the BCCI.

Snehasish Ganguly, Ganguly’s older brother, introduced him to cricket. He began his career as a member of the state and school teams. Ganguly earned his major break when playing for India on their tour of England, after competing in several Indian domestic championships such as the Ranji and Duleep trophies. He hit 131 runs and solidified his place in the Indian lineup. After earning Man of the Match accolades in series against Sri Lanka, Pakistan, and Australia, Ganguly’s spot in the team was confirmed.

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In the 1999 Cricket World Cup, he was part of a 318-run partnership with Rahul Dravid, which is still the biggest overall partnership total in World Cup history. Due to match-fixing incidents involving other team members, Indian captain Sachin Tendulkar resigned in 2000, as well as his deteriorating health, and Ganguly was named captain of the Indian cricket team.

Sourav Ganguly had a memorable day at Kanpur, as he shined for India with the ball and then the bat in a commanding nine-wicket victory.

Sourav Ganguly, widely recognized as one of the best captains in cricket history, is also credited with influencing the psyche of Indian cricketers. His brash demeanor and tit-for-tat tactics have become legendary.

His tenure as India captain was as illustrious as his batting career. However, his aggressiveness wasn’t confined to the way he batted, bowled, or dealt with opponents. Ganguly did not take well to umpires’ decisions on multiple occasions, expressing his anger and inviting controversy.

One such instance occurred during a competition that he considered being one of his best as an individual. On December 11, 2000, in Kanpur, he not only shone with the bat but also took a five-for to lead India to a massive nine-wicket victory over Zimbabwe.

Sourav Ganguly

But first, let’s take a look at his performance on the field.

During that five-match ODI series at home, Ganguly was at his best. He scored 44 in the series opener, 144 in a huge win, and then was dismissed for 5 in the third ODI, which India lost by one wicket.

After Zimbabwe chose to bat first in the fourth, Ganguly and Ajit Agarkar combined to dismiss the tourists for 165 in 45.4 overs. India captain Virat Kohli bowled his whole quota of 10 overs and finished with 5/34.

He wasted little time in chasing down the score, hitting an unbeaten 71 off 68 balls with 12 fours and a six as India won by nine wickets in just 25 overs.

He was rightfully named man-of-the-match.

That should’ve been the final straw. Right?


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Ganguly was found to have displayed dissent and violated the ICC Code of Conduct during the competition. The incident involved his lbw appeals to on-field umpire Chandu Sathe against Mluleki Nkala.

Match referee Barry Jarman found him guilty of the offense and issued him a one-ODI suspension, as well as a two-match, suspended suspension.

Vijay Dahiya, the then-India wicketkeeper who was in cahoots with his captain during the unsuccessful appeals, was also given a one-match suspension.

As a result, both players were unable to play in the fifth ODI, and Rahul Dravid was given the opportunity to lead India for the first time “inputs from”.

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