Sourav Ganguly is the only player to have won four Man of the Match awards in a row.
Sourav Ganguly is the only player to have won four Man of the Match awards in a row.

Sourav Ganguli domination in Sahara Cup with four consecutive Man of the Match awards

There is always a carrier defining series in any player’s career. For Sourav Ganguly Sahara cup in 1997 was that series. Though Sourav Ganguly made his debut in 1996 in Test cricket with superb back to back centuries against England in England, his domination in one day cricket started from the series against Pakistan in Toronto in Sahara cup. Sourav Ganguly is the only player to have won Four consecutive Man of the Match awards. India won the five-match ODI series 4–1 from Pakistan and Ganguly was elected man of the match in all four matches. Ganguly is one of the most successful captain of Indian cricket history. He was termed as god of offside once by Rahul Dravid.

Below given is the summary of his dominance and that Sahara cup 1997;

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1997 Sahara Friendship Cup

Sahara cup in 1997 was also referred as 1997 Sahara friendship cup. In those times this series was played continuously for few years between India and Pakistan. The conditions suited for Sourav Ganguly batting and bowling and Ganguli was the player who had most number of runs and most number of wickets in that series.

Sahara Cup 1997 India vs Pakistan 1st One Day, Sep 13

India started cautiously and made 52 you without any loss with Sourav Ganguly and Sachin Tendulkar playing the Pakistani bowling to its merit. But both the openers got out at the score of 52.
With the help of Mohammad Azharuddin’s 52 and Ajay Jadeja’s 49 India somehow manage to reach 208 runs in their allotted 50 overs.
This was not a winning total but yes it was a fighting total considering the the weather of Toronto.
With some brilliant and disciplined bowling performance of the whole Indian unit, India managed to stop Pakistan at 188 and won the match by 20 runs.

Sahara Cup 1997 India vs Pakistan 2nd One Day, Sep 14

In the second one day Sourav Ganguly has taken 2 wickets for 16 runs in 9 overs with two maidens. India restricted Pakistan at 116 runs and then achieved the target in 34.4 overs. Sourav Ganguly performed with the bat as well and made 32 runs in this match. He was he was the man of the match for his all round performance

Sahara Cup 1997 India vs Pakistan 3rd One Day, Sep 17 (match abandoned)

This match was abandoned due to rain. Rain start the play after Pakistan 31.5 overs. At that time Pakistan was 169 for 3. Sourav Ganguly against 22 wickets in this match.

India vs Pakistan 3rd One Day Sahara Cup 1997, Sep 18

This was the official 3rd match because 3rd match was already abandoned due to rain. Though India scored only 182 runs in there 50 overs, with his brilliant bowling performance Sourav Ganguly took 5 wickets for 16 run in his 10 overs. India bowled out Pakistan at 148 runs and India won the match by 34 runs.

India vs Pakistan 4th One Day Sahara Cup 1997, Sep 20

This match was also affected by rain. Pakistan made 159 runs for 6 to get in there allotment 28 overs.
Sourav Ganguly again rose up to the occasion and made 75 not out in 75 balls and was awarded man of the match. He has also taken two wickets for 29 runs in this match.

Sahara Cup 1997 India vs Pakistan 5th One Day, Sep 21

Though India lost this match, Sourav Ganguly was awarded the man of the match for this match as well for his brilliant performance of 96 runs and two wickets for 33 runs. In their allotted 48 overs India managed to score 250 runs for loss of 5 wickets.

Pakistan achieved this target in 41.5 overs and won the match by 5 wickets.

With 222 runs and 15 wickets Sourav Ganguly was awarded man of the series for this friendship cup.

FAQs

Q: Was sourav ganguly man of the series in Sahara Cup 1997?

A: Yes, with his 4 consecutive man of the match awards, Sourav Ganguli was the man of the series in Sahara Cup 1997

Q: What is sourav ganguly odi records in sahara cup 1997?

A: Sourav Ganguly scored 222 runs and taken 15 wickets in Sahara Cup 1997

Q: How many sourav ganguly ducks in sahara cup 1997?

A: zero

Q: Who is prince of kolkata?

A: Sourav Ganguli is also know as prince of kolkata.

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