Monday, November 10, 2008

Sourav Ganguly's career highlights

Following are the career highlights of Sourav Ganguly who retires from international cricket on Monday (10th November 2008).

January, 1992: Makes ODI debut against Australia, scores just 3 before being dropped.

June, 1996: Scores century against England at the Lord's in his Test debut and follows it up with another century in the very next Test at Trent Bridge.

August, 1997: Scores his first ODI century in Colombo against Sri Lanka in his 32nd match.

September, 1997: Leading scorer and wicket-taker in the Sahara Cup as India thrash Pakistan 4-1. He scored 222 runs at 55.5 and 15 wickets at 10.66. Wins four Man-of-the-Match awards in five matches and Man of the Series.

November-December, 1997: Top scorer and Man of the Series in the three-Test home series against Sri Lanka with 392 runs at an average of 98.

May, 1999: Scores 183 in Taunton against Sri Lanka in the World Cup, then highest ODI score by an Indian.

September, 1999: Captains India for the first time in the Coca-Cola Singapore Challenge tournament, against West Indies after Tendulkar pulled out due to sore back.

February, 2000: Joins Lancashire.

February, 2000: Named captain for the five-ODI home series against South Africa after Tendulkar relinquished post.

March, 2001: Led India to 2-1 win against Australia at home in the historic Test series.

November, 2001: Ganguly and five other Indian players are warned for excessive appealing during the Port Elizabeth Test by match-referee Mike Denness. Handed a suspended ban for one Test match and two one-day international matches.

July, 2002: Takes off shirt at the Lord's balcony after win in the NatWest Series final.

April, 2004: Becomes the first Indian captain to win a Test series in Pakistan. Also with 15 Test wins, he becomes India's most successful captain.

October, 2004: India lose home series against Australia, first time after 35 years.

March, 2005: Draws home series against Pakistan.

September, 2005: Reveals in Zimbabwe that the then coach Greg Chappell had asked him to step down from captaincy.

November, 2005: End of five-year reign as Test captain as Rahul Dravid takes over the reins against Sri Lanka.

January 2006: Picked for the Test series in Pakistan.

December, 2006: Picked for Test series against South Africa, returns as leading run-getter.

January, 2007: Scores 98 in his ODI comeback in Nagpur against West Indies.

July-August, 2007: Scores 249 runs at 49.80 in India's series win in England.

November-December, 2007: Top scorer (534) and man of the series in the three-Test series against Pakistan with. Scores first Test century at his home ground at Eden Gardens. Slams his first double-century in Bangalore.

December 2007-January 2008: A mixed Test series in Australia (235 runs at 29.37, two half-centuries). Axed from ODI squad.

October, 2008: Announces retirement after the Test series against Australia.

November 10, 2008: Plays his last match against Australia at Nagpur.


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