The Prince of Calcutta, Sourav Ganguly is a former Indian cricketer and captain of the Indian national team. Currently, he is a cricket commentator and President of the Editorial Board with Wisden India. He is regarded as one of India’s most successful captains in modern times. In 2002, the Wisden Cricketers Almanack ranked him the sixth greatest ODI batsman of all time, next to Viv Richards, Sachin Tendulkar, Brian Lara, Dean Jones and Michael Bevan. His place in the Indian team got assured when he successfully performed in series against Sri Lanka, Pakistan and Australia, winning the Man of the Match awards.
In 1999 Cricket World Cup, he was involved in a partnership of 318 runs with Rahul Dravid, which remains the highest overall partnership score in the World Cup tournament history. In 2008, he has joined the Kolkata Knight Riders team as captain for Indian Premier League Twenty20 cricket tournament. Indian team was ranked at eighth position as per ICC rankings before he became the captain and under his occupancy the team rank went up to second position. On 20 May 2013, he was awarded with the Banga Bibhushan Award from the Government of West Bengal.
Sourav Ganguly was born as Sourav Chandidas Gangopadhyay on 8 July 1972 in Behala, Calcutta. He was born with a silver spoon and have enjoyed his luxurious childhood like a Maharaja. Since football is the basic game of calcutta, he was initially attracted to it and later turned towards cricket. He has studied in St Xavier’s College, Kolkata and was inspired by his brother Snehasish Ganguly, an accomplished left-handed batsman for Bengal. His brother supported his dream to be a cricketer and asked their father to get Ganguly enrolled in a cricket coaching camp during his summer holidays. He used to watch a number of old cricket match videos, especially the games played by David Gower, whom Ganguly admired. After he scored a century against the Orissa Under-15 side, he was made the captain of his School’s cricket team.
Birth Name : Sourav Chandidas Gangopadhyay
Name : Sourav Ganguly
Nickname : The Prince of Calcutta, The Maharaja, The God of the Off Side, Dada, The Warrior Prince
Date of birth : 8 July, 1972
Place Of birth : Calcutta
Age : 44 years
Height : 5’9″
Zodiac sign : Cancer
Religion : Hindu
Brother : Snehasish Ganguly
Spouse : Dona Roy
Daughter : Sana Ganguly
Education : St Xavier’s college
Occupation : Former captain and player of the Indian team
Batting style : Left-handed
Bowling style : Right arm medium
Role : Batsman
Ganguly has started his cricket career from his schooling days. He worked hard in domestic cricket, scoring heavily in the 1993-94 and 1994-95 Ranji seasons. Following an innings of 171 in the 1995-96 Duleep Trophy, he was recalled to the National team for a tour of England in 1996, in the middle of intense media scrutiny. In the Test match at Trent Bridge he made 136, thus becoming the third batsman to make a century in each of his first two innings. He shared a 255 run stand with Sachin Tendulkar, which became the highest partnership at that time for India. In February 1997, Ganguly scored his maiden ODI century by hitting 113, opposite Sri Lanka’s team. Later that year, he won four consecutive man of the match awards, in the Sahara Cup with Pakistan, the second of these was won after he took five wickets for 16 runs off 10 overs, his best bowling in an ODI.
In March 1998 he was part of the Indian team that defeated Australia in Kolkata. He took three wickets having opened the bowling with his medium pace. Ganguly scored 183 from 158 balls, and hit 17 fours and seven sixes. It became the second highest score in World Cup history and the highest by an Indian in the tournament. In 2003, India reached the World Cup Final for the first time since 1983, where they lost to the Australians. He had a successful tournament personally, scoring 465 runs at an average of 58.12, including three centuries. Ganguly was awarded the Padma Shri in 2004, India’s fourth highest civilian award, in recognition of his distinguished contribution in the field of sports. He was presented with the award on 30 June 2004, by then President of India, Dr. A. P. J. Abdul Kalam.
Sourav Ganguly is the younger son of Chandidas and Nirupa Ganguly. He has one elder brother Snehasish Ganguly, who is also a cricketer. Chandidas ran a flourishing print business and was one of the richest men in the city. His father Chandidas Ganguly died at the age of 73 on 21 February 2013 after a long illness.
Sourav Ganguly and Dona were childhood friends and also neighbours and later fall in love with each other. Dona is an Odissi dancer. They both had their first meal at Mandarin, near the Dhakuria Lakes. Then he was 23 years and she was 17 years old. Their families were sworn enemies at that time. Later their families accepted the marriage and a formal wedding took place in February 1997. The couple have a daughter Sana Ganguly. Sourav was in South Africa, when their daughter was born. So her name was kept by Ganguly’s friend.
In Test Matches
At Home Venues 2000-2005 21 10
At Away Venues 2000-2005 28 11
In One Day Internationals
In India (At Home Venues) 2000-2005 36 18
At Away Venues 2000-2005 51 24
At Neutral Venues 1999-2005 59 34
Favorite sport : Cricket and Soccer
Favorite cricketers : Rahul Dravid, Sachin Tendulkar, Brian Lara, and Steve Waugh
Favorite sportswoman : Steffi Graff
Favorite actor : Amitabh Bachchan, SRK, Abhishek Bachchan, and Soumitra Chatterjee
Favorite actress : Aishwariya Rai and Raveena Tandon
Favorite Soccer player : Brazillian soccer player, Pele
Favorite Tennis player : Pete Sampras and Leander Paes
Favorite movie : Sholay (Hindi)
Favorite foods : Biryani, Alu Posto and Chingri Macher Malaikari (Bengali dishes), Black Dal
Favorite holiday : London and Darjeeling
Favorite city : Calcutta and London
Favorite author : Satyajit Ray
Favorite car : Mercedes convertible
Banga Bibhushan Award