Saurav Ganguly was one of the most charismatic Indian cricketer.Popularly known as “The God on the Offside” he was one of the most successful One Day International batsmen to have played the game.He was also one of the most successful Indian captain and was responsible for success of India in overseas tour.He led India to the World Cup Final of 2003. As the Prince of Calcutta Celebrates his 48th Birthday,let us take a look at 5 unique records held by Dada.
1. The only cricketer to win four consecutive man of the match awards in One Day Internationals.
Dada is the only Cricketer in the History of One Day International to win 4 Counsecutive man of the match awards.He achieved this Feat against arch rivals Pakistan in the year 1997 in the Sahara Friendship Cup played in Toronto Canada.India won the series 4-1.He was also Adjudged the Man Of the Series as he scored a Total of 222 runs and took 15 wickets.
2. The First player to score 3 centuries In the History of ICC Champions Trophy.
Dada accomplished this feat when he scored 117 in the Champions Trophy England in 2002.
Later on Herchelle Gibbs and Shikhar Dhawan Equalled his Record.
3. Highest Individual score by an Indian in a World Cup.
Sourav Ganguly scored a Mammoth 183 of 158 balls in the 1999 World Cup against Sri Lanka.His Score is the Third Highest Score by any Batsmen in World Cup History Chris Gayle 216 and Gary Kirsten 188 are the first and second on the list.
4. Most Century By an Indian in a Single World Cup.
Sourav scored 3 Centuries in the 2003 World Cup.This is the most by an Indian in a Single World Cup.
He is the joint Second in this list overall with Mark Waugh and Matthew Hayden. Kumara Sangakara is the only one to have more centuries in a single edition of a World Cup.He Scored 4 Centuries in 2015 World Cup.
5. Only Batsmen to score a century on Debut and a Golden Duck in the Final Innings.
When Dada scored a debut Hundred against England at the Mecca of Cricket Lords no one was aware that his glorious journey will end up with a Duck.Dada scored a Golden Duck i.e. out on the first ball in his final test innings.He is the only Batsmen Ever to do so.