Tuesday, November 18, 2008

My top 10 Ganguly moments

This is my top ten memorable moments of Sourav Ganguly's career. There were numerous moments to choose from, but I chose the instances where I/we would remember Ganguly for the person/player he is.

Here it goes.

10. On a collision course. Running between the wickets is not Ganguly's forte. 'Quick' singles are not really a feature in SG's batting. But when he does decide to take that 'quick' single, obstructions of any form doesn't help. Here is a Minties moment...

10. The comback innings - This was Ganguly's first international game after his excile due to Chappell row. 51 not out vs South Africa, Johhanesburg, 2006. Determination and grit under intense pressure.

9. Stop wasting time! Ganguly argues with Mohammed Yousuf.

8. Taunting the Iceman, yea bring back the Biff! - Irritating Steve Waugh by being late for the toss (I think it was not deliberate, well who knows?), getting the red rag out of the pocket in the Goa one-dayer, howling send off to Steve Waugh after his dismissal...It all counts!

7. The Man with the golden arm. The partnership breaker. Five-fer in Sahara Cup 199?, crucial wickets Adelaide Test '99, vs Aus Kolkata '98, vs Pakistan '0? and other matches I can't remember.

6. 143 vs Australia, Brisbane. Gutsy knock. It set up the series for India and was a precursor to some great batting in the series.

5. Ganguly - Tendulkar partnership vs SA, Jo'burg, 2001-2. Brutal knock!

4. Test Debut century vs England, Lords 1996.

3. "I was asked to step down as captain" - Ganguly spills the beans in a press conference after scoring 12th Test century against Zimbabwe in 2005. Followed by the Chappell's email...Beginning of the end?

2. The sight of Ganguly charging down the track to a spinner. In this video, Muralitharan is the victim. 183, vs Sri Lanka, World Cup 1999, Taunton.

1. Natwest Trophy final celebration, Lords. Nothing beats this.

Some notable moments & innings which just missed the cut. They are:
  • Double hundred vs Pakistan, Banglore
  • Verbal encounter with Stuart Broad in 4th ODI vs England (Don't **** with me buddy!)
  • 87 on a difficult pitch vs SA at Ahmedabad '08
  • Tense hundred vs Australia at Melbourne '00
  • 80 odd vs Australia at Melbourne '03 (before Sanjay Bangar caused a run out)
  • Final moments of his final test
What are your 'Ganguly' moments?


  1. lol where is the instance where ganguly patted anderson on the arse after smashing him for 3 consecutive sixes

  2. @ M

    eh? which series was that. was the game played in england or india?

  3. Number 1: cant beat that...

    - he changed the indian cricket man...he was pretty awesome..