Sourav Ganguly birthday: An unforgettable evening! Sachin Tendulkar and Sourav Ganguly Reunite to Celebrate Dada’s 50th Anniversary in London

It was a memorable evening for sports veterans Sachin Tendulkar and Sourav Ganguly!

A day before Dada’s 50th birthday, the cricketing duo decided to spend some quality time together to celebrate. Anjali Tendulkar and Dona Ganguly joined the two as extras for the special evening.

The couples were joined by former Indian Premier League chairman Rajeev Shukla and Board of Control for Cricket in India (BBCI) Honorary Secretary Jay Shah and other BCCI officials.

The BCCI chairman was in Ireland for the two T20Is against the hosts before traveling to England for the single test match. Tendulkar was luckily in the UK on vacation with his family.

Shukla, who has held numerous positions with BCCI, took to Twitter to share a glimpse of the wonderful evening filled with fun and laughter. “Celebrated Sourav Ganguli’s 50th birthday. Wishing him a happy and healthy life,” his message read.

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The birthday boy wore a brown shirt with a black sleeveless vest, while the Master Blaster kept it simple in a gray long sleeve t-shirt with a chic black jacket.

Shortly after Shukla’s post, more photos from the pre-birthday party went viral on social media.

The celebration was all about bubbly, a birthday cake with pictures of Dada on it, a Harrods gift bag and old friends having fun together.

The footage made many fans nostalgic for the good old days. The Tendulkar-Ganguly duo were known for their powerful opening partnership in cricket for over 50 years. They have completed a total of 6,609 runs together – most by any pair in history – in 136 matches. They also hold the record of 8227 runs together in 176 ODIs, while no other pair has reached the 6000 run mark.

During an interview with
PTITendulkar said he had seen Sourav Ganguly in various avatars – a precocious teenager, a talented Indian candidate, a stylish hitter, a leader and a busy administrator – for three and a half decades.

The two share a strong bond and friendship, long after they both quit playing cricket.

Ganguly first played for India in 1992, then were in the desert until 1996, but even when landlines were the only way to connect, the duo stayed in touch. They had first met at a junior tournament organized by BCCI in Kanpur and then spent a lot of time together at an annual camp in Indore which was once organized by BCCI with the late Vasu Paranjape in charge.

Joseph K. Bennett