|Name||Sourav Chandidas Ganguly|
|Popularly known as||Dada|
|Nickname||Bengal Tiger, Maharaja, Prince|
|Date of birth||8 July 1972|
|Home town||Kolkata, West Bengal, India|
|Birth Place||Behala, Kolkata|
|School||St Xavier’s Collegiate School, Kolkata|
|Education Qualifications||Graduation in commerce from St Xavier’s College.|
|Father’s Name||Chandidas Ganguly|
|Mother’s Name||Nirupa Ganguly|
|Brother’s Name||Snehasish Ganguly|
|Wife’s Name||Dona Ganguly|
|Daughter’s Name||Sana Ganguly|
|Cricket academy name||22 Yards School of Cricket|
|Coach/ mentor||BD Desai, VS Patil, Hemu Adhikari|
|Jersey number||#24 (India)
|Domestic debut||1989 for Bangal|
|International debut||20 June 1996 against England|
|Bowling style||Pace bowling|
|Like to play against||Australia|
|IPL team||Kolkata Knight Riders (2008)|
|Retirement date||6 November 2008|
|2015 – 2019||President of the Cricket Association of Bengal|
|October 2019||President of the Board of Control for Cricket in India.|
|Batting partner||Sachin Tendulkar|
|Food||Chingri Macher Malaikari, Biriyani|
|Car||Mercedes CLK 230|
Let’s talk about a cricketer whose captaincy not only led the Indian cricket team but also turned the mindset of millions of cricket fans.
Let me give you a hint!
He was a captain who belonged to one of the richest families of Kolkata and was a left-handed batsman.
I hope these clues are more than enough for a real cricket fan!
Yes, I am talking about our own “Dada”, Sourav Ganguli.
As there are just a few names that are born with immense virtuosity to achieve big, one of the live examples to it is Sourav Ganguly.
Born and brought up in Kolkata, Sourav was the youngest kid of the house. His father Mr. Chandidas had a flourishing print business.
In the early years of his life, his parents did not want him to take sports as a priority, as they were rather concerned about academics and always wanted Sourav to be more inclined towards them.
However, his elder brother Snehasish was a stable domestic cricketer and always supported his game.
Domestic cricket journey
Sourav joined a cricket academy at a very young age, where his cricket talent was identified. He was then selected to play for Under 15 and scored a century.
That was the time when his life in domestic cricket was highlighted.
He was then made captain of the St Xavier School cricket team. But some of his childhood stories portray that the team kept complaining about his arrogant behavior.
However, his strong game gave him a chance to debut his first-class cricket match against Bengal in the year 1987.
In the same year, his brother was dropped from the team, but Sourav’s career as a cricketer was now flourishing.
Soon after that year, Sourav made his international debut.
He was selected to play an ODI against west indies in the year 1992. However, the match did not prove to be a sparkling start for Sourav.
He scored only three runs batting at number 6th, these scores took him back to domestic games.
For three consecutive years, he played Ranji seasons and scored heavily there.
He got a huge domestic opportunity in the year 1995-1996 to play for Duleep trophy, which is one of the prestigious domestic cricket competitions.
International Cricket Journey
His strong game was again recognized and in the same year (1996), he was recalled from the national team for a tour to England.
England won the first test match of the series, however, Ganguly scored a century and made his place in the team and our hearts!
At the next test match, he made a score of 136 becoming only Indian batsman to score a century in each of two innings.
Sourav was highly focused on his game and In the year 1997, in ODI against Sri Lanka, he scored 113, later in the same year he won four “man of the match” awards.
The time for Sourav was then fortunate and his game was now stronger than many others of that time.
He was part of an Indian cricket team who defeated Australia and South Africa.
The game moved smoother making Dada vice-captain under the captaincy of Sachin Tendulkar.
In the year 2000, Sachin spurred down his captaincy due to health problems and Ganguly being the vice-captain of the team, was named as the captain.
He started strong as a captain!
India won in the five-match one day series against South Africa. Under the captaincy of Sourav, the Indian team moved to the finals of the 2000 ICC KnockOut Trophy.
He scored centuries in ODI against New Zealand and won by four wickets.
There were many more matches signifying to his achievements as a captain of a cricket team.
And by 2004 after considering all his achievements as a Cricket team captain, he was marked as “Successful cricket captain” by “Sections of media”.
His hard work paid off as Ganguly was awarded a Padma Shri in the year 2004!
However, many controversies pressurized him to drop the team in the year 2005 and his captaincy got replaced by the vice-captain.
This event tarnished the reputation of Saurav, no doubt it was a hard time for him and all his fans.
Soon with time in the year 2007, he was selected in the team for the cricket world cup 2007. He was a leading scorer in the first round against Bangladesh.
Later in the year 2008, he joined Kolkata knight Riders, a team owned by Bollywood actor Shah Rukh Khan as a part of IPL.
The same year he retired from cricket at the age of 36 years.
In his entire cricket journey, he made a sum of 6,888 runs in 109 Tests at an average of 41.74 with15 centuries in total.
Marriage and love life
A story that can be used as a script for any of Indian romantic genre film, Yes Sourav Ganguly and Dona had a very dramatic and royal love story.
They were neighbors and they knew each other since childhood.
It is also believed that Sourav Ganguly used to cross her home and school roads just for her glimpse.
Eventually, with time they realized that they have to spend their lives together.
However, their families were not in favor of their marriage.
Reports say that Sourav Ganguly and Dona got married and later with time Dona’s family accepted it too.
A formal wedding ceremony was done after his victorious tour to England, Sourav got engaged with his childhood love Dona Roy on 1st February 1997.
After retirement from Cricket Sourav Ganguly then started his administrative career.
He was made president of the cricket association of Bengal in the year 2015.
Sourav was asked to choose between commentary and BCCI technical committee chairmanship in 2019.
He made his decision to go for the development of Indian cricket and later he was made president of the Board of control of cricket in India.
Ganguly’s life has been full of controversies some say it’s because of his arrogant behavior while others turn it to his haters.
No matter what the reason is, Ganguly has been involved in controversies from the beginning of his cricket journey.
The first controversial moment was when Sourav Ganguly refused to carry drinks, which was one of the roles of a benched player. It was 1992 and Ganguly was a part of the Indian team on a tour to Australia. It was the time of his one day debut.
However, Sourav Ganguly denied and said I don’t remember any of such things.
Another controversy came up in the year 2000 when he was accused of princely behavior. It was believed that he expected others to carry his kit bag.
In the line of these controversies comes another in which he was alleged to have an affair with actress Nagma.
A huge controversy happened when Ganguly waved his shirt off at Lord’s balcony. It happened when India won the NatWest Series in the year 2002.
Another controversy happened in the year 2005 between Sourav and Greg Chappell.
Ganguly was told that he could not handle the pressure of the team and that’s affecting his game.
The controversy raised to a high extent and Ganguly was asked to drop his captaincy and spend a year in sidelines before he regained his spot.
Awards and recognition
Getting name, fame, and power comes with lots of effort and when you make those efforts they do pay off.
Despite being a part of all those controversies and being pulled back again and again, Ganguly has always been a real achiever.
Starting from the year 1998 when Ganguly was named as Sportstar of the year by a prestigious sports magazine.
In the same year, he was honored for his outstanding performance by Arjuna Award, in 2000 Sourav won the CEAT cricketer of the year award.
In the following year he again won the CEAT award but this time it was for his outstanding display as a captain.
In 2004 he was honored with the Padma Shri award which is the fourth highest civilian award.
And I forget to tell you that Ganguly is India’s most successful overseas captain with 11 wins.
Some many more awards and recognitions made Sourav our superstar.
Saurav was always attracted by the playing style of David Gower and that was one of the reasons he started playing.
From that inspiration, he inspired India that “yes we can win overseas” and “we did it”.
So if you have the same inspiration, and ambition to inspire others.
Let’s play together! – fancy11.