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Celebrating Sourav

If Indian cricket, in 2007, had a storyline, it has to be 'Rise of the Phoenix'. The year clearly belonged to Sourav Ganguly, the one-time inspirational captain whose problems with then coach Greg Chappell and subsequent ouster from the team formed a sorry undercurrent to much of 2006. The year just ending saw him come back with the biggest of bangs, in both forms of the game. And fittingly, 2007 will end on a high for the southpaw who, on December 26 at the Melbourne Cricket Ground, will take the park for his 100th Test. Rediff commemorates the occasion.
Mahendra Singh Dhoni, who made his debut under Sourav Ganguly, speaks of the "fearless" leader he has known. Touring Australia is never easy; playing your 100th Test at the MCG is going to be tough - but, says Dhoni, Ganguly will likely welcome the challenge, and look to round off the occasion with a century.
Coming up in the 'Celebrating Sourav' series, video interviews with the likes of VVS Laxman, Harbhajan Singh and others. Also, Sourav's father, mother and wife share their thoughts on the occasion, with Rediff readers. And finally, Sourav Ganguly, in an extensive video-interview, looks back on his life and times. All this and more, on Monday December 24. Watch for it.

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