Anil Kumble, Suresh Raina share happiness on Twitter for new BCCI President Sourav Ganguly

Updated: Oct 24, 2019, 13:45 IST | ANI | New Delhi

Anil Kumble and Suresh Raina took it to Twitter to congratulate Sourav Ganguly

Anil Kumble and Suresh Raina
Anil Kumble and Suresh Raina

New Delhi: Former cricketer and captain Anil Kumble and all-rounder Suresh Raina took to social networking site Twitter to send their wishes to the newly-elected BCCI President - Sourav Ganguly - on Wednesday.

Sourav Ganguly became the 39th President of Board of Control for Cricket in India (BCCI) on October 23, 2019.

"Congratulations dada @SGanguly99 really happy for you and Indian cricket. I am sure under your able leadership Cricket will flourish. Best always," Kumble said in his tweet.

Ganguly was elected as the president during the General Body Meeting at the BCCI headquarters. Ganguly was the only candidate to file his nomination for the post and was elected unopposed.

"This makes me so happy. Having learnt from and played with you Dada, I know that you're going to excel at your new role, treat it with utmost sincerity and passion, much like you always did on the field. Congratulations, @SGanguly99 and all the best for the journey ahead," Raina tweeted. 

After becoming the BCCI President, Ganguly made bold statements saying that he would lead the BCCI just like he led the Indian cricket team during his playing days. "It is an honour that I have been asked to take this role by the members when it is a new start for the BCCI. Fortunately or unfortunately, even when I became the captain, it was a similar sort of a situation. When I captained India for six years, it was a similar situation that things need to be brought back to a place, reforms need to be done and a huge amount of money to be paid to the state associations. It is a completely new start, Ganguly told reporters.

"From that point of view, I find myself very fortunate to be in a position where I can make a change. I will do it the way I know. I will do it in a way that I feel is the best for the BCCI with no compromise on credibility, corruption-free and the same for all BCCI. That is the way I led India and that is the way I will take forward this organisation with whatever time I have," he added.

He had led India to 21 Test wins and the final of the 2003 World Cup and he has already been an administrator for the Cricket Association of Bengal (CAB). The southpaw also served in BCCI's technical committee and was also a member of the Cricket Advisory Committee along with Indian greats Sachin Tendulkar and VVS Laxman.

Sourav Ganguly announced his retirement from international cricket in 2008 and by that time he had more than 18,000 international runs to his name.

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    Sourav Ganguly became the 39th President of the BCCI on October 23, 2019.

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    Not a keen eye for fashion, but 'Dada' here pulls off quite a look

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    Sourav Ganguly smiles during a training session

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    A rare sight of 'Dada' Sourav Ganguly listening to some music

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    Ganguly playing one of his favourite shots on the off-side

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    Sourav Ganguly with Sachin Tendulkar again back in the day

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    Sourav Ganguly is regarded as one of the finest left-handed batsman in cricket

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    Sourav Ganguly spotted with a rare look - short hair

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    Sourav Ganguly with Sachin Tendulkar. Together they were one of cricket's finest opening pairs.

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    Sourav Ganguly has also been quite an impact bowler during his time with the ball

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    Here, Sourav Ganguly is seen appealing for a wicket

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    Sourav Ganguly with Harbhajan Singh, one of his proteges

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    The Prince is all smiles here, something we see quite often

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    Sourav Ganguly with Sunil Joshi (L) during a match against South Africa

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    A surprised looking Sourav Ganguly after he is bowled

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    Sourav Ganguly seen here celebrating a wicket

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    Quite an impressive bowler was Ganguly, when it came to claiming a few wickets at vital intervals

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    And when it comes to celebrating wickets, Sourav Ganguly put on quite an act!

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    Sourav Ganguly looks intently during a training session

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    Sourav Ganguly with ex-President of India K. R. Narayanan

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    Sourav Ganguly is regarded as one of India's finest captains

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    Sourav Ganguly seen here with a much younger Shahid Afridi

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    Sourav Ganguly with his captain at the time - Mohammad Azharuddin

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    Sourav Ganguly with Indian pacer Javagal Sreenath during a match

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    An ecstatic Sourav Ganguly always brought in his teammates to celebrate along with him once a wicket fell

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    Sourav Ganguly during a fitness session - an area he always needed work on

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    Sourav Ganguly looking on after hitting one of his signature shots

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    Sourav Ganguly has many nicknames - Dada, Prince of Kolkata, God of the Off Side

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    Sourav Ganguly receiving a man-of-the-match award from Sir Gary Sobers (R)

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    We can only imagine the ball going out of the park by the look of this shot

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    Sourav Ganguly during an interview. Ganguly is known for his cheeky quotes as well as bold statements

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    Sourav Ganguly or the 'Prince of Kolkata', as he is fondly known can easily be called one of India's finest captains and batting genius

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    Sourav Ganguly has scored a total of 7,212 runs in Test cricket

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    Sourav Ganguly acknowledges the dressing room after hitting a century

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    Sourav Ganguly's batting average in Test cricket is 42.17

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    And now let's take a look at a few selection of shots from the left-handed batting maestro...

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    Rahul Dravid once mentioned 'On the off-side there's God and then Ganguly'

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    His top score is Test cricket is 239

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    Sourav Ganguly has scored an impressive 16 Test centuries in total.

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    Sourav Ganguly has a total of 35 Test fifties to his name.

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    Sourav Ganguly's brother Snehahish introduced him to the world of cricket

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    Sourav Ganguly is currently ranked at 8th in highest run scorers in ODIs

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    Sourav Ganguly was the third cricketer in history to cross 10,000 runs in ODIs

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    In picture: Sourav Ganguly with Shailendra Singh

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