Sourav Ganguly, one of the finest Indian cricketers of the modern era, spent part of the 2005 county season with Glamorgan. The all-rounder had led his country to the 2003 World Cup Final but the following year, he lost his place in the Indian team and his spell in county cricket in Wales came at a time when he was successfully resurrecting his international career.
There had been mixed reports about his previous stint in county cricket during 2000 with Lancashire but as far as his time in Wales was concerned, Sourav was the consummate team man, full of praise for the younger players and enjoying the rapport with his colleagues. He passed fifty four times in nine Championship innings with the highlight being a top-class 142 against Kent at Sophia Gardens, with his masterly innings full of sublime drives through the offside and wristy deflections.
Sourav also played for Northamptonshire in 2006 before retiring from international cricket having played in 113 Tests and 311 One-Day Internationals. He ended his illustrious playing career during 2012 with the Pune Warriors in the Indian Premier League before becoming a broadcaster on Indian TV. In 2019 Sourav was elected President of the Indian Cricket Board.
GANGULY, Sourav Chandidas
Born – Calcutta, 8th July 1972
Best performances for Glamorgan:
In first-class cricket – 142 v Kent at Sophia Gardens, 2005; 3/68 v Nottinghamshire at Trent Bridge, 2005.
In List A cricket – 53 and 1/19 v Worcestershire at New Road, 2005.
In T20 cricket – 36 v Warwickshire at Swansea, 2005; 3/27 v Warwickshire at Edgbaston, 2005.