Sourav Ganguly was one of the best captains in the history of Indian cricket. Under his captaincy, Team India were a sensational force to be reckoned with in bilateral series at home or overseas conditions.
Popularly known as the “Maharaja of Indian cricket”, Sourav Ganguly instilled great confidence and intensity into his teammates. Moreover, he brought the best out of his teammates and formed a competitive team.
He has represented the Indian cricket team in 113 Tests and 311 ODIs. Ganguly scored 7212 runs in the longest format of the game at an average of 42.2 including 16 centuries and 35 half-centuries.
On the other hand, he scored 11,363 runs in ODIs at an average of 41 including 22 centuries and 72 half-centuries. Besides his batting credentials, he has been a handy bowler as well.
The former Indian captain took 100 wickets in ODIs and 32 wickets in Tests. On the other hand, he has taken two fifers in ODIs. Let’s take a glimpse at the two world records of Sourav Ganguly which might never be broken.
1. Most consecutive Man of the Match awards in ODIs
Sourav Ganguly can take pride in the fact that he is the only cricketer to win as many as four consecutive Man of the Match awards in One-Day Internationals. The former Indian captain accomplished the feat in the Sahara ‘Friendship Cup’ which was played between Team India and Pakistan in Toronto in 1997.
Notably, the Indian cricket team won the five-match ODI series by 4-1. Ganguly was adjudged the ‘The Man of The Series’ for his all-round contribution. Ganguly scored 222 runs and took 15 wickets in the series.
2. Highest individual score in ICC Champions Trophy final
Sourav Ganguly holds the record for chipping in with the highest individual score by any batsman in an ICC Champions Trophy final. He scored 117 runs against the New Zealand cricket team in the final.
Ganguly dominated the proceedings by playing a fearless brand of cricket. He scored nine boundaries and four sixes to his name. Unfortunately, India lost the match as New Zealand won by 4 wickets with 2 balls remaining.