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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.
His mates swear by him, his opponents swear at him; ever since he made his debut in 1996 with a fairytale century at Lord's, he has held a cricket-crazy nation in his thrall. In the midst of an improbable comeback, on the cusp of a career milestone, Sourav Ganguly ruminates on hopes and dreams; on ambitions and checks; on wishes and fulfillment -- and on what the future holds for him.
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.

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Also read: Ganguly in facts and figures

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