5 Occasions where Sourav Ganguly cost the match for India with his slow batting

5 Occasions where Sourav Ganguly cost the match for India with his slow batting

Here we look at five instances where Indian team suffered due to Sourav Ganguly’s slow knocks in ODI cricket.

Sourav Ganguly
Sourav Ganguly. (Photo by Clive Rose/Getty Images)

Sourav Ganguly’s performances in ODI format often get overshadowed due to his captaincy in the early 2000s. The left-handed batsman scored 11363 runs in 311 ODIs he played and finished among the top run-getters of the format. Despite his six-hitting ability, Ganguly was a passenger on quite a few occasions. His batting strike rate of 73.7 is the 3rd lowest among the 14th players with 10000+ runs in One-Day Internationals. There were many occasions where Sourav was short on intent in this format and let his team suffer because of him.

Here we look at five instances where Indian team suffered due to Sourav Ganguly’s slow knocks in ODI cricket:

5. Titan Cup match vs South Africa in 1996 – 54 (104)

Sourav Ganguly
Sourav Ganguly. (Photo by Michael Steele/Getty Images)

In a crucial 1996 Titan Cup match against South Africa, the Indian team was chasing 250 in Jaipur. India got off to a solid start as the openers Sachin Tendulkar and Sourav Ganguly shared a century stand. However, the pace at which they scored runs didn’t seem to be the best for the chase. Skipper Sachin looked tired and was dismissed in the 31st over having scored 64 from 93 balls with three fours. He added 126 for the opening wicket in a partnership where Ganguly scored even slower.

He got out at the score of 148/3 after scoring only 54 from the 104 deliveries faced. In his 165-minute stay, Sourav managed to hit only three fours in total. The required run rate was already around 8 and things got tougher for India. Mohammad Azharuddin scored an unbeaten 56 from 60 balls but India lost the match by 27 runs. Had Ganguly stayed along with Azharuddin or played a little more quicker, India could have bagged two points from this match.