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Sourav Ganguly

Only a person who is mentally strong could have responded in the manner he did to widespread criticism.

india Updated: Apr 11, 2003 10:13 IST
PTI

 Date of Birth: 8 July 1972, Kolkata
 Test Debut: Against England at Lord's in 1996
 ODI Debut: Against West Indies at Brisbane in 1991/92
 Bats: Left Hand Bat
 Bowls: Right Arm Medium
 

Only a person who is mentally strong could have responded in the manner he did to widespread criticism to his selection for the tour of England in 1996.

On the strength of his figures and undoubted class, he has taken his place as among the `Big Three' of the Indian batting the other two being Sachin Tendulkar and Rahul Dravid.

Ganguly has all the elegance of the left-hander. With superb timing he almost caresses the ball to the boundary. When on song, he can go for a murderous assault on any bowler.

The way he steps out and pounces on the ball and lofts it over mid-wicket, long-on, long-off is a delight for spectators. But then Ganguly is not just strokes and class and powerful batting. He has a sound temperament and has the ability to rise to the big occasion.

He has also proved himself to be a tough, no nonsense captain. A record of four wins and only one defeat in his first six Test matches as captain— including a memorable series triumph against Steve Waugh's then-invincible Australians clearly reflects he has all the qualities of a good leader.

His combined aggression elegance and a sense of maturity, which makes him good captaincy material. And he talks well too in measured tone never letting his team down.

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First Published: Jan 25, 2003 10:59 IST