10 Iconic Moments of Dadagiri by Sourav Ganguly.
Sourav Gangully. The Royal Bengal Tiger. One of the best Indian captain. Call whatever you may, but for his ardent fans he will always be remembered as Dada and his works as Dadagiri.
Here at Newsiyappa we recount 10 iconic moments which showed the world why Sourav Ganguly was a force to reckon and why his Dadagiri will be cherished by cricket fans for time immemorial.
It was 1996 and the stage was set in Lords. England posed a total of 344 in the first innings, and India’s first innings would surely be a test. India lost its first wicket at a mere 25. Then entered the debutant who needed to prove a point, and a test debut score of 131 did the task. The match ended in a draw but the Sourav proved his mettle.
The “Real” Bengal Tiger
In 1997, India were playing a series with neighbours Pakistan and Sourav Ganguly showed why he should be considered a one man army. Sourav Ganguly won 4 consecutive man of the match awards for his brilliant performances, a record still in place even after 17 years.
The Highest World Cup score by an Indian:
World Cup 1999 saw a brilliant innings by Sourav Ganguly against Sri Lanka. The innings of 183 saw many great shots in which Ganguly bashed up all Sri Lankan bowlers out of the ground. It is still the second highest individual score in World Cups, and highest by an Indian in World Cup.
Leading The Greatest Ever Comeback:
Rewind to 2000-01, Australia are the greatest cricket team on the planet with 15 straight test wins behind them and arrive in India looking to conquer their final frontier. Ganguly, however, isn’t impressed. However, the test series begins, India lose the first test, In the second, India stand again at the virtue of another loss upon being imposed a follow on. But the Indians had something else in midn. With Dravid an Laxman staging an epic comeback, India set Australia a target of 384 in a minimum of 75 overs. Australia reached 166/3 in 45 overs. With only 30 overs remaining in the day and Steve Waugh looking solid, a draw seemed to be on the cards. But Harbhajan Singh dismissed Waugh and Ponting in quick succession to trigger a dramatic Australian capitulation. Everyone thought that Harbhajan could be the match winner for India but Ganguly had something else in mind. To everyone’s shock he introduced Sachin Tendulkar into bowling. Tendulkar removed Gilchrist, Hayden and Warne in quick successionto turn the match in India’s favour.
Mind-Game? Nah, Dadagiri:
On 2001, in an ODI against Australia at Vizag, Sourav Ganguly deliberately made Steve Waugh wait at the toss, reprtedly, because the Australian coach had misbehaved with an Indian player. The Australians used these tactics as a form of their infamous mind games and Sourav Ganguly wanted to send a message that Indians are not going to succumb under the pressure of Australian mind games anymore.
Making the “Emotion”:
World Cup 2003 was another medal on Ganguly’s shirt as despite all odds, India climbed their way to reach the finals of the tournament and they had to play former and that time favorites Australia. Ganguly won the toss and chose to field, a decision that would haunt him forever as Australia led by Ricky Ponting made a whopping 359/2 in 50 overs, a total too much for India. India lost but Ganguly was still appreciated for his captaincy throughout the tournament. But in this entire process Sourav Ganguly created a team that everyone remebers as the “emotion”.
The First Indian to score a hundred in a World Cup Knockout Match:
On March 20, 2003, India faced Kenya in the semi-final of the World Cup. India had won the toss and chose to bat first. Indian skipper Sourav Ganguly led from the front with a brilliant hundred and became the first Indian to cross the three-figure mark in a World Cup knockout match. He still remains the only Indian captain to score a hundred in a World Cup Knockout Match.
One of the greatest One Day player ever:
Sourav Ganguly became the fastest player to complete 8000 (now broken by AB de Villiers and Virat Kohli) and 9000 runs in ODI cricket in 200 and 228 innings respectively. He also became the second fastest to complete 10,000 runs.
Sourav Ganguly had to leave the captaincy and was even removed from the international squad after his he and then coach Greg Chappel had heavy arguments and fights. In 2006 ICC Champions Trophy Indian team failed drastically so Ganguly was called back to the test squad against the South African team who earlier white washed India 4-0 in ODI series. In his comeback test Ganguly came in to bat when India were 37/4. Dada scored a helping 51 to steady the innings and the match resulted in India’s win. Ganguly scored most runs in the series. In his comeback ODI match against West Indies, he scored a whopping 98 to gain the appreciation he deserved.
Reportedly, Sachin Tendulkar was very upset with Ganguly’s decision to hang his boots. Tendulkar went ahead and confornted Dada by saying, “This is the best I’ve seen you play in your entire career, who do you want to retire now?”. Sourav ganguly said he wanted to retire when he was at his best.
He came. He played. He conqured. The world witnessed Dadagiri.