Former Indian captain Sourav Ganguly, known as Prince of Kolkata, is celebrating his 48th birthday today. Born on 8 July 1972 in Kolkata, Ganguly’s journey from the captain of Team India to the post of BCCI president has been nothing short of a rollercoaster ride. Ganguly, who taught Team India out of the quagmire of match-fixing, as well as a never-giving attitude to the team, will always be remembered as a fighting captain who established India in the world of cricketer.
Whether to give young talent a chance or to shock the opponents with his grandparents or to teach the team to win on foreign soil, Dada has done everything to take the Indian crate to new heights which no one has ever done before. Could do it. So, on the occasion of the 48th birthday of ‘God of Offside’, we know 10 interesting things related to his life which are known to very few people.
1. Sourav Ganguly’s first love was not cricket but football. Dada played football for his school until he was 14 years old, but started playing cricket at the behest of his elder brother Snehasish Ganguly. Ganguly is also the co-owner of the Indian Super League team Atlético de Kolkata club.
2. Sourav Ganguly does all his work with the right hand but is able to use his elder brother’s cricketer kit, so he started batting with the left hand and named himself one of the most successful left handed players.
3. His story of debut in Ranji Trophy is also very interesting. He got a place in the Bengal team when his brother was dropped due to poor play.
4. Due to aggressive playing style, Ganguly got a chance to play in Team India only in 1992 but Ganguly, who came in to bat at number six against the West Indies in the debut ODI match, could only score 3 runs. After which he was dropped from the team. A major reason for this is also believed to be his stubborn attitude. If the news is to be believed, he refused to carry water on the field for the then captain, although Ganguly continues to deny such reports.
5. After dropping from the team, Ganguly installed a bowling machine at his home. The result was that he scored a string of runs in the domestic kick-off after which he got a second chance to represent Team India in 1996.
6. It was a coincidence in this tour that Navjot Singh Sidhu left home in the middle of the tour due to a tip-off from captain Azhar, which gave Ganguly a chance to play for the first time in Tests and score a century on Lord’s ground. He confirmed his place in the team by pushing.
7. Although Ganguly is fondly called Maharaj by the householders, but the name ‘Prince of Kolkata’ was given to him by former England captain and commentator Geoffrey Boycott, while Rahul Dravid first called him ‘God of the offside’.