Former Indian captain Sourav Ganguly turned 48 on Wednesday, and wishes came pouring in from all corners. Among them were, of course, his many cricketing compadres including the likes of Sachin Tendulkar, Virat Kohli and Virender Sehwag.
Taking to Twitter, Tendulkar wrote, "Happy Birthday Dadi! Hope our-off field partnership keeps going strong like our on-field ones. Wish you a blessed year ahead."
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
Considered by many as one of India’s most influential captains, Ganguly played 113 Tests, 311 ODIs and scored more than 18000 runs. Amongst the many was the cricketer-turned-politician Gautam Gambhir, who wrote, "May good bless you with long and healthy life!"
The likes of VVS Laxman, Harbhajan Singh, Yuvraj Singh and Mohammad Kaif also joined the party.
Dada ko Janamdin ki bahut badhai.— Virender Sehwag (@virendersehwag) July 8, 2020
The only time he blinked his eye was when dancing down the track while hitting spinners for a 6, varna never. Eternally grateful for his support in initial days. #HappyBirthdayDada pic.twitter.com/U7k0Q9paJI
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
From a fine batsman to an outstanding captain & now leading Indian cricket on the whole—here’s wishing my favourite captain & mentor @SGanguly99 a very happy birthday. But FAULADI SEENA dikha ke aise kaun chadhta hai, Dada #HappyBirthdayDada pic.twitter.com/8PKZ3RwwtB— Mohammad Kaif (@MohammadKaif) July 8, 2020
The President of the Board of Control for Cricket in India (BCCI) was also greeted by the current crop of players, and this is what they said about him:
Happy Birthday Dada💙@SGanguly99 🎂🎂— Suresh Raina🇮🇳 (@ImRaina) July 8, 2020
The man who revolutionalized Indian cricket 🇮🇳
Your contribution to cricket both as a player, and a captain will be admired by the generations to come!
Have a fabulous year ahead🙏 pic.twitter.com/QRM29CdN6C
A fearless leader who took Indian cricket to great heights. Happy Birthday Dada. @SGanguly99— K L Rahul (@klrahul11) July 8, 2020
Happy birthday Saurav sir, wish you good health and happiness. 🎂 @SGanguly99— Yuzvendra Chahal (@yuzi_chahal) July 8, 2020