Lesser known facts about Sourav Ganguly


Sourav  Ganguly was born on 8 July 1972. He is also known as Dada and the Bengal Tiger. He is a one-time Indian cricketer and captain of the Indian team. At present, he is the President of the Cricket Association of Bengal and the Editorial Board. Ganguly established himself as one of the leading batsmen as well as captain of the cricket team. While batting, he was especially productive through the off side, with the help of which he earned him a nickname “God of the Off Side” for stroke play square of the wicket and through the covers.

He is a member of the Indian Premier League’s Governing Council. He is responsible for all the functions of the tournament and he was recruited by Supreme Court in January 2016. He is also in Technical Committee, of Indian Premier League.

Ganguly was involved in the cricket world by his elder brother, Snehasish. Sourav Ganguly will forever be reviewed as the person who exalted India to believe they can perform in all the difficult situations, and present a new era of Indian cricket for young cricketers. In 1998 Ganguly was tagged as Sportstar Person of the Year and he also won the Arjuna Award for his marvelous performance. In 2000 Ganguly was awarded as CEAT cricketer of the year as well as CEAT Captain of the year for his excellent performance in the field. In 2004 he won the Padma Shri award, for his marvelous involvement in cricket.

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He also won the Rammohan Roy award in 2004 for his dexterity as captain. Ganguly is well thought-out as the 4th preeminent skipper in the World Cup. Ganguly is the only cricketer who won four succeeding men of the match awards in ODI cricket.  He is one among the five cricketers who scored 10000 runs, 100 wickets and 100 catches in ODI cricket. He is the fastest batsman to score 9000 runs in ODI.  He played the last test match on 6th November 2008 against Australia. He played last ODI on 15th November 2007 against Pakistan. He scored 7212 runs in the test, 11363 in ODI and 15687 in FC. He played 113 test matches, 311 ODI and 254 FC in his career.

Unknown  Facts about Sourav Ganguly

Let’s have a look at 10 slighter known facts about Sourav Ganguly.

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  • His parents gave him the moniker, ‘Maharaj’ which means ‘Prince’.  Possibly they knew that their son was born to lead. The later nickname ‘The Prince of Calcutta’ was lovingly given by Geoffrey Boycott.
  • Ganguly was a right-hander. He does each and everything with his right hand. He was a right-handed batsman, too. Sourav desired to use his elder brother’s kit. Exactly why he did this is mysterious, but the choice made him the leading batsmen.
  • The Ganguly’s are one of the well-heeled families in Kolkata. Sourav’s joint family home in Behala, Southern Calcutta, has nearly 30 residing members with more than 45 rooms. Sourav is profoundly a sacred person and observes a fast on every Tuesday.
  • Sourav was a big football fan from his teenage but due to Snehashish’s purism; Sourav was enlisted into a cricket academy and from there India’s greatest cricketer began his journey.
  • Sourav made his first appearance against West Indies at Brisbane in 1992 but he was displaced from the side because of his bruited ‘credence’ problems. It is said that Sourav scorned to carry drinks for a senior cricketer onto the field.
  • Sourav Ganguly’s ton at Lord’s Cricket ground was the highest score (131) by a batsman on the first appearance at the ground. And Sourav Ganguly is the third cricketer in the world, to score a 100 and lead a team in World Cup
  • Mohammad Azharuddin was Ganguly’s first international captain, but it is comparatively less known that Ganguly was Azharuddin’s last international captain. When Ganguly took over as India’s ODI captain, Azharuddin played 11 ODIs with Ganguly as his captain against South Africa. Azharuddin also played 4 matches in the coca-cola cup along with Ganguly and they won that match with their excellent partnership in the field.
  • Sourav flees with childhood sweetheart Dona Roy a week after the successful tour of England. The bride and groom’s family were pledged enemies at that point and this news caused a commotion between them. However, both families convinced and a formal wedding was held in February 1997.
  • Following Sachin, Sourav donned the businessperson’s hat and unbarred a multi-floor rotisserie, Maharaja Sourav’s – The Food Pavilion in Calcutta’s posh locality Park Street. The restaurant was opened by Sachin in 2004.
  • A 1.5 km road in the Rajarhat district of West Bengal is named after Sourav. He himself undraped a speckle containing the new name of the road, Sourav Ganguly Avenue, at a function organized by the Rajarhat Gopalpur Municipality.

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