On 47th birthday, Sourav Ganguly lands on Instagram; Shikhar Dhawan, Sehwag wish the legend
Twitter was flooded with birthday messages for the 'Prince of Kolkata'.
The Padma Shri recipient was till now active on Facebook, where he has over 600,000 followers, and Twitter, with 4.12 million followers.
The 'God of off-side', now on the photo-sharing platform as @souravganguly, in his first post shared a picture cutting a birthday cake shaped as the site's logo. "As I turn another year older today, I want to make this a year where I give back to my fans. So here’s to birthdays and new beginnings !" he captioned the post.
Through Instagram, the former cricketer aims to engage with young fans by sharing valuable insights on cricketing events and encourage them to join causes close to his heart. In an official statement, Ganguly said, "Reinvention is constantly required in cricket, as it is required in life. From leading India on the field, to commentary, to advising an IPL team, to now joining Instagram, I continue being connected with people who're passionate about this amazing sport."
At the time of writing this, Dada - as he's fondly known - had amassed 53.3k followers, and was following only 6 accounts including Harbhajan Singh, Virender Sehwag, Virat Kohli, Shikhar Dhawan apart from ICC and Team India's official handles.
Author, Investor, Commentator: The Many Shades Of Cricket Legend Sourav Ganguly
Happy Birthday, Dada
Meanwhile, Twitter was flooded with messages for the 'Prince of Kolkata', as former teammates wished him.
Sachin Tendulkar, who has joined Ganguly in the commentary box at the ongoing World Cup, brought out the nostalgia, posting an old picture of the duo, with the caption, "Happy Birthday Dadi! From playing with you in our Under-15 days to now commentating with you. It’s been quite a journey. Have a great year ahead!"
Happy Birthday Dadi! From playing with you in our Under-15 days to now commentating with you. It’s been quite a jou… https://t.co/9csNLYUpe1— Sachin Tendulkar (@sachin_rt) 1562580387000
Virender Sehwag, wishing his 'Captain', laid emphasis on the number 56, which is Ganguly's World Cup average and also the multiple of his birth date and month.
Happy Birthday to a 56” Captain , Dada @SGanguly99 ! 56 inch chest, 8th day of the 7th month, 8*7 = 56 and a World… https://t.co/FiqEipSGh1— Virender Sehwag (@virendersehwag) 1562550545000
Former teammate VVS Laxman also tweeted pictures with Dada.
Many more happy returns of the day @SGanguly99 ! Wish you ever more success and love #HappyBirthdayDada https://t.co/qM2qraIFtT— VVS Laxman (@VVSLaxman281) 1562548979000
Calling him the man 'who brought about a fantastic transition in Indian cricket, a brilliant leader who backed guys he believed in to the fullest', Mohammad Kaif wished Ganguly.
Happy Birthday to a man who brought about a fantastic transition in Indian cricket, a brilliant leader who backed g… https://t.co/mccIuRpdd0— Mohammad Kaif (@MohammadKaif) 1562548173000
Shikhar Dhawan wished the 'leader of the pack', while Ishant Sharma called him 'the greatest pillar' in Indian cricket, and thanked him for his guidance
Happy birthday dada!!!! You have been the greatest pillar to Indian cricket!!! Thanks for your guidance towards eve… https://t.co/4Ho33gmOqk— Ishant Sharma (@ImIshant) 1562557667000
Suresh Raina also joined his industry colleagues in wishing the legend.
Happy birthday, dada. Shubho Jonmodin. Have a great day :) Wishing you the best in life @SGanguly99 https://t.co/SIpioPwzBF— Suresh Raina (@ImRaina) 1562578412000