Born on 8 July, 1972 at Calcutta. Left-handed opening batsman and right arm medium pace bowler, Ganguly is the present India captain. Having made his debut for India in the World Series against the West Indies at Brisbane in 1991-92, he had to sit out till 1996 to play his first test. He commenced his test career at Lord’s in 1996 scoring a hundred on debut and hasn’t looked back since.
Ganguly has played 73 tests, scoring 4,586 runs at an average of 42.07 with 11 hundreds and a highest score of 173. He has also captured 23 test wickets. In 249 one-day internationals, he has scored 9,309 runs at an average of 42.12 with 22 hundreds and a highest score of 183. He has also captured 93 wickets with a best of 5-16. A blend of elegance and power, he can pierce the strongest of off-side fields with his sweetly timed cover drives, and his straight lofted shots – reserved for one day matches – are worth going miles to see. Initially a bit suspect to short stuff pitched on his legs, Ganguly has now learnt to deal with it quite efficiently. His strong point over the years has been his temperament and his will to succeed in whatever he does on the cricket field. A swing bowler who can break partnerships, in the shorter version of the game, with his accurate outswingers, he can be a very effective bowler.
An unassuming and popular leader, Ganguly has led India with a lot of imagination - aided by New Zealand born coach, John Wright - and he has succeeded in making his side one of the best in the world in recent years. Series wins over Australia at home and against Pakistan in Pakistan, and the confident march to the World Cup final in 2003 have made him the country’s most successful captain.
Known variously as the ‘Prince of Calcutta’, ‘The Bengal Tiger’ and ‘Dada’, he is a good leader and is unassuming as captain.