Considered one of India’s most successful Test captains, Ganguly is an intuitive and uncompromising leader of men who is renowned for his attacking strokeplay and steely determination to win.
In 1996 he scored a scintillating century at Lord’s that kick-started his career and that coincided with an upturn in fortunes for the national team.
Later that same year he was promoted to the top of the order for one-day internationals and, along with Sachin Tendulkar, formed one of the most destructive opening partnerships in history.
When he took over the captaincy in 2000 he quickly proved to be a tough task-master, but under his stewardship India started winning Test matches away, and put together a winning streak that took them all the way to the World Cup final in 2003.
However, the appointment of Greg Chappell as coach of India has seen his opportunities limited of late.
He has played county cricket with Glamorgan and Lancashire and signed for Northamptonshire mid-way through the 2006 season.