A Tribute to the catalyst of Indian Cricket Sourav Ganguly

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Some of the ODI statistics of Sourav Ganguly as a batsman while chasing big totals:

Highest Batting Averages of batsmen scoring centuries while chasing(Min.7 innings)

PlayerBatting Average
Ab de Villiers777.00
Sourav Ganguly397.50
Gordon Greenidge388.50
Saeed Anwar365.00
Martin Guptill275.33
Mark Waugh263.00
Virat Kohli246.77
Sanath Jayasuriya242.40
Sachin Tendulkar233.11

 

 

Most runs scored while chasing in won matches

PlayerRuns scored
Sachin Tendulkar5490
Ricky Ponting4186
J Kallis3950
Virat Kohli3919
Adam Gilchrist3750
S Jayasuriya3633
Brian Lara3498
Desmond Haynes3321
Sourav Ganguly3289

 

A major chunk of the success Sourav Ganguly and Sachin Tendulkar achieved as batsmen were due to them being openers and their excellent understanding between them. While chasing big targets or setting huge totals they had a lot of faith in themselves and helped each other in all stages of their career. There were periods when Sachin used to find batting difficult and get off the mark. Ganguly would be the aggressor and keep the scoreboard ticking. Ganguly has had before issues combating Pakistan bowlers like Wasim Akram. They used to always target his rib cage, then Sachin would ease the pressure of him. This is the reason why they are regarded as one of world’s best partnership pairs even today.

Most hundred partnerships in ODI cricket

PlayerNo: of  partnerships
Sachin Tendulkar, Sourav Ganguly26
TM Dilshan, Kumar Sangakkara20
A Gilchrist,Mathew Hayden15
G Greenidge,D Haynes15
M Jayawardene, K Sangakkara14
M Atapattu, S Jayasuriya13
V Sehwag, S Tendulkar12

 

Performances in Cricket World Cups and Champions Trophy

1999 World Cup

Sourav Ganguly was always a big tournament player as stated above. He played his first world cup in 1999. He has a major mainstay in the India batting setup by then. The 1999 World Cup was a successful stint as a batsman for Ganguly, even though the team didn’t go beyond the Super Six stages. It was in the 99′ World Cup that Sourav Ganguly achieved his best score in ODI cricket off 183. One of the best innings of One Day batting ever was on show at Taunton. He had a 318 run partnership stand with Dravid. It is the 3rd highest partnership in ODI cricket history ever.

Highest Partnership in ODI (By Runs scored)

PlayersRuns
C Gayle, M Samuels372
S Tendulkar, R Dravid331
Sourav Ganguly, Rahul Dravid318
Upul Tharanga, Sanath Jayasuriya286
Upul Tharanga, TM Dilshan284

Sourav Ganguly ended up as the 3rd highest runs scorer in the 1999 World Cup

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