new Delhi: In the 1990s, the image of Team India was ‘Lion in the house and Lamb outside’. Actually, the team used to perform brilliantly on home ground, but used to throw weapons easily on the fast and bouncy wickets of foreign countries. ‘Dada’ Sourav Ganguly has been instrumental in getting the Indian team out of this image.
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Exactly 23 years ago today, former India captain Sourav Ganguly won India in ODI cricket not with the help of his bat but on his own bowling. In 1997, a 5-match ODI series was played between India and Pakistan in Toronto. The third match of the series was played on 18 September.
India batted first in the match and could only score 182 runs. In such a situation, it was not difficult for Pakistan to achieve this goal. After chasing the target, Pakistan’s team had scored 103 runs in 18 overs losing 3 wickets and from here Pakistan clearly saw their victory.
What happened after that became history. Indian captain Mohammad Azharuddin considered Ganguly to be a part-time bowler, but ‘Dada’ turned the match around. He wreaked havoc with his bowling and took 5 wickets for just 16 runs in 10 overs. In this match, India won by 34 runs.
Along with this, he also had an unassailable 3-0 lead in the series. Please tell that after this, Ganguly took 5 wickets in the Kanpur ODI against Zimbabwe on 11 December 2000. In that match, Ganguly spent 34 runs in 10 overs and showed the feat of taking 5 wickets in the hall.
He has such a record in this series that no player could break in 23 years. He performed brilliantly in this series against Pakistan and held the world record of becoming the 4th consecutive ‘Man of the Match’. Ganguly, remembered as India’s great captain, has scored 16 Test centuries and 22 ODI centuries in his career.
In their era, the pair of Ganguly and Sachin was considered to be the most reliable opening pair of ODIs. Although Ganguly is remembered as a batsman and captain, but he has also taken 132 international wickets in his career, his name is 32 wickets in Tests, while there are 100 wickets in ODIs.