Kolkata, July 8: Former India captain Sourav Ganguly is happy celebrating his 43rd birthday with family and friends here today as wishes poured in on the social media from the cricket fraternity all over the world.
On the eve of his birthday, Ganguly had said, "Nothing new... This time, I'm in Kolkata and will spend the time with my family."
Having represented the national cricket team in 113 Tests and 311 ODIs, Ganguly has been one of the most successful Indian captains.
Leading the Men in Blue to the famous Natwest triumph in 2002, Ganguly was instrumental in instilling confidence and aggression in the Indian side - a quality that they lacked.
BCCI was early to wish its ex-captain a happy birthday. "Here's wishing former #TeamIndia Captain @SGanguly99 a very happy birthday. #HappyBirthdayDada," BCCI tweeted.
Sachin Tendulkar tweeted with a picture of himself with Ganguly, "HappyBirthdayDada @SGanguly99, stay young as always!!!."
"Happy birthday @SGanguly99! Hope you have a #Royal day! #HappyBirthdayDada" The International Cricket Council (ICC) was also quick to write on its twitter handle.
"Happy Birthday to one of @BCCI's finest batsmen of the 21st century, Sourav Ganguly!" Anil Kumble, who shared the Indian dressing room with the'Prince of Kolkata', also wished 'Dada', as Ganguly is fondly called.
"Happy birthday dada @SGanguly99 have a great year ahead! God bless!" IPL franchises like Mumbai Indians and Rajasthan Royals also wished the left-handed batsman on the auspicious day.
"Happy birthday to the man who captained #IND in 49 Test matches & won 21 of them(11 overseas wins). #HappyBirthdayDada," MI wrote on twitter.
Happy birthday @SGanguly99! Hope you have a #Royal day! #HappyBirthdayDada," RR tweeted.
Happy birthday dada @SGanguly99 have a great year ahead! God bless!— Anil Kumble (@anilkumble1074) July 8, 2015