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Saurav Ganguly: the off side king decides to quit from all forms of internatinal cricket.

He got the players to believe in themselves, supported the youngsters, and showed when required he could play politics with the best of them. When results mattered, he had the results. His was one of the most interesting phases of Indian cricket, as he led the team to victories abroad, in England, in the West Indies, in Australia.
Yet, their hero has played 109 Tests, led in 49 and finishes as India's most successful captain. It is an impressive record.
He led his country with passion and shrewdness and would go down as one of the Best Captains ever in Cricket History.

A career timeline

January 11, 1992
Inauspicious debut
Makes his ODI debut, his only international on the tour of Australia.
Scores 3 and is duly dropped. His highest score on the tour is 29, against
Queensland.
June 21 and 22, 1996
Test debut is different
In his first Test, at Lord's, scores an imperious century.
September, 1999
Captaincy calibre
Captains India for the first time in the Coca-Cola Singapore Challenge
tournament, against West Indies, as Tendulkar is rested due to a sore
back. Barely a week later, he leads India again in the DMC Cup - with
Tendulkar skipping the tournament due to an injury - against West Indies.
India win the series 2-1.
March 20, 2003
Promised land

Scores a century in the World Cup semi-final as India make it to the final
for the first time since 1983.

October 7, 2008
'I've decided to quit'
Two days before the start of the Border-Gavaskar Trophy, announces it
will be his last series. There have been talks doing the rounds that the
BCCI has been trying to force the seniors into retirement.
He first denies such notions in a press conference, and then when the
presser is over, makes the announcement. "Just one last thing lads,
before I leave," he says. "I just want to say that this is going to be my
last series. I've decided to quit. I told my team-mates before coming here.
These four Test matches are going to be my last and hopefully we'll go
on a winning note."

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