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;
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. Ganguly was he was the man of the match for his all round performance.
India displayed exceptional bowling and fielding in favorable conditions, successfully dismissing Pakistan’s team for a score of 116.
Mohanty’s exceptional performance resulted in the dismissal of the first three wickets, while only conceding 15 runs from 7 overs. The two Singh’s and Ganguly effectively prevented any chance of recovery for Pakistan’s team, despite Salim Malik’s impressive 36 runs. With Ganguly’s skilled leadership, India easily secured victory in the match.
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. India found themselves at a disadvantage when they were required to bat first on a pitch that favored the bowlers, ultimately scoring only 182 for 6. India’s score was a significant improvement from their previous score of 23 for 3, after Tendulkar was dismissed for nought in the 12th over. Azharuddin navigated the challenging conditions effectively, while Jadeja and Robin Singh provided a late boost to India’s score with their respective 32 and 29 runs off balls.
Pakistan appeared to have the upper hand in the match as Shahid Afridi scored 44 runs off 38 balls, including six fours. However, a lack of focus led to poor decision making, resulting in all ten of Pakistan’s wickets being taken by catches. Ganguly was particularly effective, claiming five wickets for 16 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.
Once more, Ganguly played a dominant role in a tense match that was shortened due to poor field conditions caused by heavy rain. He utilized his medium-pace swing bowling to restrict Pakistan’s score to 159 for 6. He then opened India’s batting and remained till the end of the match with three balls remaining.
This was a result of a reduction in their allocation due to slow over-rate. Ganguly’s 75 runs, scored at a rate of one run per ball, included one six and eight fours, he also made a decisive partnership of 108 runs off 106 balls with Jadeja.
As India closed in on the victory, Pakistan seemed to be overwhelmed by the tension and cold weather as the temperature dropped to 12 degrees Celsius. Moin Khan missed a stumping opportunity off of Jadeja, Mohammad Akram converted a catch off Ganguly into a six by stepping over the boundary, and three run-out opportunities were missed.
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.
Finally, in bright sunshine and on a good pitch, batsmen had the opportunity to showcase their skills. Tendulkar and Ganguly had a successful partnership, scoring 98 runs together. Ganguly and Azharuddin then added another 104 runs to their team’s score.
Azharuddin scored his third half century, but Ganguly fell short of reaching his century, being caught at deep extra cover after hitting two sixes and five fours.
Ijaz Ahmed opened the innings instead of the ill Saeed Anwar, and joined Shahid Afridi in a remarkable partnership, scoring 99 runs in the first 10 overs. Ijaz scored 60 runs off 42 balls and Afridi 39 off 30, with one of his sixes landing in an adjacent car park. Later, Inzamam-ul-Haq, who had returned from his suspension, along with teenager Hasan Raza, guided Pakistan to a victory as a consolation prize. Till date also, Sourav Ganguly is the only cricketer who won Four consecutive Man of the Match awards.
Was sourav ganguly man of the series in Sahara Cup 1997?
Yes, with his 4 consecutive man of the match awards, Sourav Ganguli was the man of the series in Sahara Cup 1997
What is sourav ganguly odi records in sahara cup 1997?
Sourav Ganguly scored 222 runs and taken 15 wickets in Sahara Cup 1997
How many sourav ganguly ducks in sahara cup 1997?
Who is prince of kolkata?
Sourav Ganguli is also know as prince of kolkata.
How many runs did Sourav Ganguly score in Sahara Cup 1997?
Sourav Ganguly scored 222 runs in Sahara Cup 1997. This was highest runs for both the teams.
What was Sourav Ganguly’s highest individual score in Sahara Cup 1997?
Sourav Ganguly’s highest individual score in Sahara Cup 1997 was 96 runs.
How many wickets did Sourav Ganguly take in Sahara Cup 1997?
Sourav Ganguly took 15 wickets in Sahara Cup 1997.
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