New Delhi: Sourav Ganguly today created history by becoming the third cricketer to cross 10,000 runs in one-day international.Ganguly also became the fifth batsman to have recorded 60 fifties in limited overs internationals, joining Inzamam-ul-Haq (81), Sachin Tendulkar (69), Aravinda de Silva (64) and Rahul Dravid (60).India's most successful captain of all time has forever had to fend off the bouncers from his critics. Hopefully his latest milestone will prove a point that it was a mistake to ignore form for class while selecting a team for the Asian XI. The four Indians in the squad are Dravid, Sehwag, Kumble and Pathan.Comeback gameOf the three players who have crossed the 10,000 milestone, Sachin Tendulkar got to his landmark the quickest of just 259 innings. Ganguly has taken three more while Inzamam needed almost 300 innings to get there."He does not play for records. He has been a great player for India. People should realise that he is a jewel for India," said a fan."I am very happy. He's a Bengali and so am I. He will make lots of runs in the future," said another.That apart, Ganguly's milestone day came at a tough time for him career wise. It was a comeback game, that too, as a player and not as a captain and with the hurt of being left out of the Asian XI team for the inaugural Afro-Asian cup later this year.Top scorer
Ganguly has 22 one day hundreds to his name aÂ" the second highest behind Sachin Tendulkar. Among contemporary players only Inzamam and Jayasuriya are his peers in the one-day version. They've both been included in the Asian XI team but Ganguly has not been.Ravi Shastri, the Indian selector who helped pick the Asian XI team wrote in his column that players who are disappointed at being left out should score more runs to prove they deserve a place. Ganguly's reply to him was being the top scorer in India's innings in his comeback game.