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|Padma Shri for Ganguly and Dravid|
Monday, January 26 2004 11:51 Hrs (IST)
After getting praises from all around the world for their superb performance against the world champions Australia, whom they held to a 1-1 draw in the Test series, Ganguly and Dravid got another great reason to celebrate as they were selected for the country's fourth most prestigious award.
The honour comes as a recognition to both for making India a cricketing super power and comes at a time when both Ganguly, as captain, and Dravid, the leading run getter in Test series, are enjoying the best phases of their career.
The 30-year-old Ganguly also known as 'Dada' or 'Prince of Kolkata' led India into the World Cup final last year after a gap of 20 years before losing to Australia.
He took over the captaincy in February 2000 and along with coach John Wright of New Zealand is credited for moulding India into a top team full of promising youngsters.
Dravid, 'The Wall', won fame with his sound technical skills who is regarded as a dangerous customer once set. During the recent Test series against Australia the 31-year-old produced his best form amassing 619 runs in four Tests with an astonishing average of 128.30, which helped India to retain the Border-Gavaskar trophy. He was also named the Wisden Cricketer of the year in 2000.