Former India captain and current BCCI president Sourav Ganguly celebrated his 48th birthday on Wednesday as wishes poured in from the cricket fraternity from Sachin Tendulkar to Virat Kohli. Social media flooded with outpouring love and photos of ‘Dada’ with #HappyBirthdayDada trending on Twitter.
Ganguly is regarded as India’s game-changer in International cricket during the 2000s. The Bengal Tiger holds a massive fan base, much like his successor MS Dhoni, who celebrated his 39th birthday the previous day. Here are some of the top wishes from the cricket fraternity:
He became one of the mainstays of the side with time and went on to become one of the greatest match-winners for India in the limited-overs formats, playing a major role in the side's 2007 WT20 triumph and the 2011 World Cup victory.
Taking to his official social media profiles, Yuvraj wrote, "Happy Birthday to the undisputed Dada of Indian Cricket. You have always led from the front, showing us what it means to be a true leader. I have personally learnt so much from you and hope to become to others what you are to me. You are our eternal captain."
Happy Birthday to the undisputed Dada of Indian Cricket 🎂 You have always led from the front, showing us what it means to be a true leader. I have learnt a lot from you & hope to become to others what you are to me. You are our eternal captain🙇@SGanguly99 #HappyBirthdayDada pic.twitter.com/MJKAwgGw1r— Yuvraj Singh (@YUVSTRONG12) July 8, 2020
He also posted a video message, in which he recalled some of his memories with Sourav Ganguly.
"This message is for our dear and eternal captain, Sourav Ganguly. Dada, it's your birthday. It's been a great journey under you," said Yuvraj.
After 25yrs in cricket Ive decided to move on. Cricket has given me everythin I have.ThankU 4being a part of this journey.This game taught me how to fight,how to fall,to dust off,to get up again n move forward. It has been a lovely journey. See you on the other side #SteppingOut pic.twitter.com/x3wOhoXcLv— Yuvraj Singh (@YUVSTRONG12) June 10, 2019 >"You were my biggest support. All of us youngsters needed the support in the start. Thank you for that. I remember when you gave me the BCCI acknowledgement trophy in Edgbaston, I told you that day that without your support, this wouldn't have been possible," said the former Indian all-rounder.
. Sachin Tendulkar in his tweet for Sourav Ganguly on his birthday wrote, "Happy Birthday Dadi! Hope our-off field partnership keeps going strong like our on-field ones. Wish you a blessed year ahead." Many fans also took to Twitter to wish the former Indian captain on his birthday.
Happy birthday Dadi!— Sachin Tendulkar (@sachin_rt) July 8, 2020
Hope our off-field partnership keeps going strong like our on-field ones. Wish you a blessed year ahead. pic.twitter.com/jOmq9XN07w