Ganguly reaches 100 Test milestone

The day began at Melbourne with the man of the moment of Indian cricket, Sourav Ganguly being felicitated for playing his 100th Test.

updated: December 28, 2007 13:01 IST
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The real action down-under has begun, with the Boxing Day Test getting underway in Melbourne. A huge Melbourne crowd has descended upon the MCG, to watch the proceedings between India and Australia

The day began with the man of the moment of Indian cricket, Sourav Ganguly being felicitated for playing his 100th Test.

Ganguly was presented a trophy by Secretary of the BCCI, Niranjan Shah on behalf of the Board. Indian skipper Anil Kumble, then presented another trophy to the Prince of Kolkata, on behalf of the Indian team.

Ganguly is the 7th Indian batsman to complete 100 Tests.

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.