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)

Player Batting Average
Ab de Villiers 777.00
Sourav Ganguly 397.50
Gordon Greenidge 388.50
Saeed Anwar 365.00
Martin Guptill 275.33
Mark Waugh 263.00
Virat Kohli 246.77
Sanath Jayasuriya 242.40
Sachin Tendulkar 233.11

 

 

Most runs scored while chasing in won matches

Player Runs scored
Sachin Tendulkar 5490
Ricky Ponting 4186
J Kallis 3950
Virat Kohli 3919
Adam Gilchrist 3750
S Jayasuriya 3633
Brian Lara 3498
Desmond Haynes 3321
Sourav Ganguly 3289

 

A major chunk of the success Sourav Ganguly and Sachin Tendulkar achieved as batsmen was due to them having 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

Player No: of  partnerships
Sachin Tendulkar, Sourav Ganguly 26
TM Dilshan, Kumar Sangakkara 20
A Gilchrist,Mathew Hayden 15
G Greenidge,D Haynes 15
M Jayawardene, K Sangakkara 14
M Atapattu, S Jayasuriya 13
V Sehwag, S Tendulkar 12

 

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)

Players Runs
C Gayle, M Samuels 372
S Tendulkar, R Dravid 331
Sourav Ganguly, Rahul Dravid 318
Upul Tharanga, Sanath Jayasuriya 286
Upul Tharanga, TM Dilshan 284

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