Ganguly to complete century of Tests

Sourav Ganguly will be making his 100th Test appearance at the MCG in Melbourne.

updated: December 26, 2007 18:58 IST
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Sourav Ganguly will be making his 100th Test appearance at the MCG in Melbourne tomorrow.

But at one stage in his career not many people thought he had any chance of a comeback let alone be back with a bang.

However, the 'Prince of Kolkata' knew something about comebacks, having already spent four years in the wilderness before making a triumphant return with a debut Test 100 at Lord's in 1996.

Now more than a decade later, he has made an equally impressive comeback - a 100 at Eden Gardens, a double 100 against Pakistan and now he is ready to become the seventh Indian to play a 100th Test.

In recent times so much of Ganguly's career has been about controversy, courtesy former coach Greg Chappell, that it almost made one forget his cricketing abilities.

But Ganguly reminded the world by becoming the second highest run getter in 2007. He made more than 1,000 runs from nine Tests at an average of 64, higher than his career average of 43.

The 35-year-old has 15 Test 100s but he says that could have been a lot more if he didn't bat lower down the order.

In terms of his Test career, Ganguly was never as compact as Rahul Dravid nor was he as complete as Sachin Tendulkar.

In fact, he himself joked that his was the most popular ribcage in international cricket with bowlers continuously trying to give him chin music.

No wonder then that Ganguly rates the 100 in bouncy Brisbane in the last tour of Australia as one of his best.

Indeed there are many special innings but, of course, Ganguly will always be remembered for his test record as captain.

In all, Team India registered 21 wins, making him the most successful of all time in the country and 11 of those wins came away from home, including the series win in Pakistan.

Now towards the end of his career, it's time for him just to be judged as player not as a captain. And so far he hasn't disappointed with his performances in South Africa, England and at home.

However, Australia will be the toughest test as this is where his footwork will be tested the most by a young pace attack led by Brett Lee.

But one can be rest assured that he will try his best to turn the chin music into shin music for Australia's bowlers.