Former India captain and current BCCI President Sourav Ganguly turned 48 on Wednesday, July 8. Ganguly, who is credited with bringing India back on track following the match-fixing scandal, played 113 Tests and 311 ODIs for India, amassing 7,213 and 11,363 runs respectively.
International cricket will resume with England taking on West Indies in the first Test of a three-match series at Southampton on Wednesday. The hosts will be led by Ben Stokes in the absence of regular skipper Joe Root. More significantly, the match will be played in a bio-secure environment, without crowds, in the wake of Coronavirus wreaking havoc all over the world.
Former India captain Mahendra Singh Dhoni turned 39 on Tuesday, July 7. Dhoni is regarded as one of the greatest Indian captains. He is the only skipper in history to have won all three ICC trophies -- 2007 T20 World Cup, 2011 World Cup and 2013 Champions Trophy.
The Indian skipper is currently regarded as one of the best players in world cricket right now, and some believe he is the greatest ODI player to have ever played the game. He started his career way back in 2008 on the back of victory in the U19 World Cup as the skipper, also held in 2008. Since then, he has played some fine knocks which have seen his career grow higher and higher. Let’s have a look at his top five.
Former India opener Aakash Chopra has admitted that Sourav Ganguly and coach John Buchanan did not enjoy a cordial relationship during their time with Kolkata Knight Riders in the Indian Premier League (IPL).
Sri Lanka batsman Kusal Mendis has been arrested by the Horethuduwa police for running over a 64-year-old cyclist in the Colombo suburb of Panadura. The victim eventually succumbed to his injuries.
There have been numerous instances of cricketers being involved in bizarre controversies both on and off the field. Former India coach John Wright once revealed that he held Virender Sehwag by the collar after he got out playing a poor shot.
Former Sri Lanka captain and 1996 World Cup-winning batsman Aravinda De Silva has been investigated over the 2011 World Cup fixing allegations. Along with De Silva, former opener Upul Tharanga, who played in the final, has also been questioned.
The 2007 T20 World Cup win was a watershed moment in Indian cricket. Not only did it bring Indian cricket glory following the disaster in the 50-over World Cup few months back, but also went a long way in popularising the version of the sport in India. Only a year later, the cash-rich Indian Premier League (IPL) came into being