Today, let’s hear a story. The story of a man who was ‘born to win’, who ‘taught us to win’. No, points for guessing, he is none other than our very own Sourav Ganguly, fondly called ‘Dada’.
Author Mihir Bose once wrote that “The cricket world had gotten too used to the stereotype of the meek Indian cricketer. All that has changed under Ganguly, perhaps for the better”. The Indian Cricket team ex-caption who ushered in a new era of Indian cricket by placing his faith in young cricketers. Sourav brought about a revolution, a change in mentality, and an undying belief that penetrated deep into the Indian system that yes, even we were good enough to go shoulder-to-shoulder with the best teams in the world.
Born in Kolkata, on the 8th of July 1972, this legend turns 46 today. So, on this very special day, let’s reveal some hidden facts from his life and career.
- Sourav’s parents gave him the nickname “Maharaj” when he was a kid and was later nicknamed “The Prince of Calcutta” by Geoffrey Boycott.
- Sourav was an ardent football fan (he still is!). However, he was enrolled into a cricket academy during his class 10 holidays. Thus began the journey of one of India’s greatest cricketers.
- Tagged as ‘India’s most successful cricket captain’, Dada, made his debut against West Indies Brisbane in 1992.
- Sourav is a deeply religious person who observes a fast every Tuesday. Yes, you heard that right!
- Sourav eloped with childhood sweetheart Dona after the successful tour of England. Things didn’t go well at first, but however, both the families reconciled and a formal wedding took place on February 21, 1997.
- Sourav’s ton at Lord’s Cricket ground was the highest score by a batsman on debut at the ground.
- Ganguly got his personal bowling machine installed in his house after being dropped from the Indian team in 1992.
- Sourav is the third cricketer in the world, sharing the stage with Aravinda De Silva and Mahela Jayawardene, to score a 100 and lead a team to the final of a World Cup.
- He is deeply influenced by crickets listing names like David Boon, Mohinder Amarnath, Kapil Dev and Allan Border.
- Sourav donned the entrepreneur’s hat and opened a three-story restaurant, Sourav’s – The Food Pavilion in Calcutta’s posh locality Park Street, in 2014.
- A 1.5 km road in Rajarhat in the North 24 Parganas district of West Bengal is named after Sourav. In fact, he himself unveiled a plaque containing the new name of the road, Sourav Ganguly Avenue, at a function organized by the Rajarhat Gopalpur Municipality.
- Currently, he is also the Joint Secretary of Cricket Association of Bengal.