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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.
They made their debuts together, on June 20, 1996. It would have been neat to have played their 100th Test together, but injury and the vagaries of form and selection dictated that Rahul Dravid got there ahead of his fellow debutant. As Ganguly readies to join the 100-Club, Dravid reminisces -- on that first match, the first century, and what Ganguly was like as a captain.
Coming up in the 'Celebrating Sourav' series, video interviews with the likes of MS Dhoni, 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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