BCCI President Sourav Ganguly suffers a heart attack
Indian fans across the world will be hoping that Ganguly battles his current ailment successfully and comes out victorious.
Updated - Jan 2, 2021 2:23 pm
Indian cricket’s Dada, both on and off the field, Sourav Ganguly suffered a heart attack and has currently been admitted to the Woodlands Hospital in the city of Kolkata. The 48-year-old BCCI President will need an angioplasty procedure to be done. However, there is no need to press the panic button in a hurry as reports in TOI have suggested that Ganguly is currently stable.
The former Indian batsman is hailed as one of the greatest captains in the history of Indian cricket and is credited for instilling the fighting spirit back into the Indian side. Under Ganguly, India won the prestigious Natwest Trophy in 2002 and also created history by winning a Test series against Pakistan on Pakistani soil in 2004. Apart from that, India reached the final of the 2003 World Cup under Ganguly’s leadership.
He is also one of the most distinguished batsmen ever produced by India. The left-handed batting legend is currently the third-highest run-scorer for India in the ODI format of the game. The ‘Prince of Kolkata’ featured in 311 ODI matches and scored a massive 11363 runs at an average of 40.73.
The left-hander also holds the record for the highest individual score in World Cup history by an Indian batsman. In the 1999 World Cup, the ‘Prince of Calcutta’ blasted a rampaging 183 to leave the Sri Lankan bowling attack dumbstruck. Along with Sachin Tendulkar, Ganguly pulverized several bowling attacks and the duo are often hailed as one of the greatest opening pairs in the ODI format of the game.
Seamless transition to an administrative role
After his retirement, Ganguly seamlessly transitioned to the administrative side of things, after trying his hand at commentary for a while. The former Indian skipper served as the President of the Cricket Association of Bengal (CAB). Later, in October 2019, Ganguly was elevated to the coveted post of the President of the Board of Control For Cricket in India (BCCI).
As the BCCI President, Ganguly has already shown his administrative mettle, as it was under his stewardship that India hosted their first-ever pink-ball Test match at Eden Gardens in Kolkata. The former Indian batsman was also instrumental in conducting the 13th edition of the Indian Premier League (IPL) in a successful manner, amidst the fears of a raging Covid-19 pandemic.
Kolkata’s favorite son has battled many obstacles in the past and emerged victorious. Indian fans across the world will be hoping that Ganguly battles his current ailment successfully and comes out victorious.