Sourav Chandidas Ganguly affectionately known as Dada is the 39th President of BCCI, commentator and former national cricket team captain. During his career, he was the world’s leading batsmen and one of the most successful captains of the Indian national cricket team.
- Sourav Ganguly: Personal Informatio
- Full name: Sourav Chandidas Ganguly
- Born: 8 July 1972
- Place of Birth: Behala Calcutta (now Kolkata), West Bengal, India.
- Nickname: Dada, Prince of Kolkata, Bengal Tiger, Maharaja, the Warrior Prince, Lord of the Off Side
- Father’s Name: Chandidas Ganguly
- Mother’s Name: Nirupa Ganguly
- Brother: Snehasish Ganguly
- Wife: Donna Ganguly (1997)
- Daughter: Sana Ganguly
- Height: 5 ft 11 in (1.8 m)
- Batting style: Left-handed
- Bowling style: Right-arm medium
- Role: Batsman
- Autobiography: A Century is Not Enough
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Sourav Ganguly: Birth, Family, and Education
Sourav Ganguly (48) was born on 8 July 1972 in Calcutta (present-day Kolkata), India to Chandidas and Nirupa Ganguly. His father was among the richest men in the city and ran a flourishing print business. After a prolonged illness, his father died on 21 February 2013 at the age of 73.
Sourav Ganguly initially played football as it is the favourite sport for the people of Kolkata but was later attracted to Cricket. However, his mother was not very supportive of him taking up any sports as a career.
Sourav Ganguly’s elder brother Snehasish Ganguly, who was already an established cricketer by then, supported Ganguly’s dream to be a cricketer and persuaded their father to get Ganguly enrolled in a cricket coaching camp during his summer holidays. He took admission in a cricket academy where his batting talent was identified.
He learnt cricket with his brother and despite being right-handed, he learnt to bat left-handed so that he could use his brother’s sporting equipment. He scored a century against Orissa Under-15 and went on becoming the captain of St. Xavier’s School’s cricket team.
In 1989, Sourav Ganguly was selected to play for the Bengal team. Coincidentally, his brother dropped from the side that year. After an impressive show in the Ranji Trophy in the 1990-91 season, the left-hander came into the limelight.
- Sourav Ganguly: Personal Life
The marriage of Sourav Ganguly is full of drama or we can say is just like a Bollywood movie. He ran away with his childhood friend Dona Roy in 1997 as their families didn’t agree. Both the families were troubled by the incident and later came to reconciliation
- Sourav Ganguly: President of BCCI
In 2019, Sourav Ganguly was elected as the President of the Board of Cricket Control of India.
Sourav Ganguly: Records and Achievements
Some of the records of Sourav Ganguly are mentioned below:
1. Sourav Ganguly was the most successful Test captain overseas and he remained for a long time. He captained 28 matches and out of which 11 were won by the Indian team. Now, this record has been broken by Virat Kohli in August 2019.
2. In One Day Internationals, he is the only cricketer to win four consecutive man of the match awards.
3. With 1163 runs, Sourav Ganguly is India’s second and world’s eighth highest run-scorer in the history of ODI.
4. In ODIs, he was the fastest batsman to score 9,000 runs, although his record was broken in 2017 by AB de Villiers of South Africa.
5. He is one of five cricketers to have achieved the unique feat of scoring 10,000 runs, 100 wickets and 100 catches in ODI cricket.
6. In the 9 cricketers in the world, he is the one who has scored a century and taken 4 wickets in a single match.
7. He is also among the twelve cricketers in the world who have scored a half-century and taken 5 wickets in a single match.
8. In the history of ICC Champions Trophy, he is the first player to score three centuries.
9. In the final of the ICC Champions Trophy, Sourav Ganguly holds the record for the highest individual score (117) by any batsman.
10. He is one of the world’s 14 cricketers who have played 100 or more Tests and 300 or more ODIs.