Ganguly’s rise and fall
By both leading from the front and with macho posturing, like when he famously doffed his shirt at Lord’s, Sourav Ganguly ushered in a new era of competitiveness in Indian cricket. But after five years as the country’s most successful captain poor form and obduracy finally did him in. Cricinfo brings a recap of his captaincy saga.
September 1999 Captains India for the first time in the Coca Cola Singapore Challenge tournament, against West Indies as Sachin Tendulkar is rested due to a sore back. Brian Lara’s cameo helps West Indies win the game.
Barely a week later,
cards against humanity card list?, he leads India again in the Toronto Cricket Festival with Tendulkar skipping the tournament due to an injury against West Indies. India
clinch the series 2 1.
February 21 2000 Tendulkar announces that he will step down as captain at the end of the two test series against South Africa.
February 26 2000 Selectors name Ganguly as the captain for the ODI series against South Africa.
March 2000 Ganguly becomes full time captain as India beat South Africa in the ODI series. He scores a magnificent century and two fifties as India win by a 3 2 margin.
October 2000 Ganguly heads a bunch of youngsters in the ICC Knock Out Trophy in Kenya. A spectacular win against Australia in the league game is the highlight as India enter the final,
game cards against humanity, where they lose to New Zealand. India go to Sharjah for the Champions Trophy tournament where they get trounced in the final against Sri Lanka. Rahul Dravid leads India for the first time in the fifth and the final match of the series.
Ganguly’s first outstanding achievement as captain. A resurgent India clinch an epic series at home against world champions Australia, after trailing 0 1, with a
thrilling two wicket win at Chennai. Ganguly’s contributions with the bat are minimal, but his aggressive, innovative leadership and heroic marshalling of the younger players usher in a new era of competitiveness for India. Further, this series signifies the strong relationship forged between Ganguly and John Wright,
cards humanity, the coach, and promises better times ahead for Team India.
India start their bad habit of losing in the finals. In Zimbabwe, they win every league match but go on to lose the final against West Indies.
India lose in the final of the Coca Cola Cup. The tournament marked the first time Sehwag opened the batting.
Amidst claims of a slump in batting, Ganguly hits an unbeaten 98 in the second Test against Sri Lanka at Kandy, after India again trail 0 1. Ganguly and Dravid put on 191 runs as India chase a fourth innings target of 264. Ganguly is also accused of not controlling his players, and is punished with a suspended ban for one Test match and two one day international matches. India lead England 3 2 as they face off for the sixth and final one dayer at Mumbai. Despite Ganguly’s 80, India, chasing 256, come close but lose by five runs. Andrew Flintoff takes off his shirt and runs on to the field,
cards against humanity for sale, irking Ganguly who would do his revenge act at Lord’s a few months later.
India go to Lord’s, for the final of the Natwest Series, with an awful record of nine final losses in a row, six of them under Ganguly. But a redemption awaits them at Lord’s as Yuvraj Singh and Mohammad Kaif star in an amazing win. Ganguly doesn’t forget Flintoff’s celebration in India and does a little war dance after removing his shirt in the balcony of Lord’s.
Ganguly scores a brilliant 128 against England in the third Test at Leeds as India rack up 628 for 8 in its first innings. India draw the series 1 1, and walk away with the plaudits after a gritty show in the series.