Tuesday, 15 October 2013

Sourav Ganguly

Born on July 08, 1972 at Calcutta (now Kolkata), Bengal
Left Handed Batsman  and  Right-arm medium bowler
First International against West Indies on Jan 11, 1992
Nickname is Dada,Prince of Kolkata.

Early Life

Saurav Ganguly is the youngest son of Chandidas and Nirupa Ganguly.Chandidas ran a flourishing print business and was one of the richest men in the city.Ganguly had a luxurious childhood and was nicknamed the 'Maharaja'.
 His elder brother Snehasish was already an established cricketer for the Bengal cricket team. He supported Ganguly's dream to be a cricketer and asked their father to get Ganguly enrolled in a cricket coaching camp during his summer holidays. Ganguly was studying in tenth grade at that time.Despite being right-handed, Ganguly learnt to bat left-handed so he could use his brother's sporting equipment.After he showed some promise as a batsman, he was enrolled in a cricket academy. An indoor multi-gym and concrete wicket was built at their home, so he and Snehasish could practice the game. They 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 captain of St Xavier's School's cricket team, where several of his teammates complained against what they perceived to be his arrogance.While touring with a junior team, Ganguly refused his turn as the twelfth man, as he reportedly felt that the duties involved, which included organising equipment and drinks for the players, and delivering messages, were beneath his social status.Ganguly purportedly refused to do such tasks as he considered it beneath his social status to assist his teammates in such a way.

Personal and Love Life

Saurav with his wife Dona

Weeks after his successful tour of England, Ganguly eloped with childhood sweetheart Dona Roy. The bride and groom's family were sworn enemies at that point and this news caused an uproar between them. However, both families reconciled and a formal wedding was held in February 1997.
When they were asked if  'Can you recall your first date/ movie/ meal together?

Dona: Yes, I can remember our first meal. It was at Mandarin, near the Dhakuria Lakes. Now also, we wonder sometimes whether we should go for a meal there…. He was young then. We ordered two (plates of) fried rice, two (plates of) chowmein, two (plates of) chilli chicken… he ate most of it!
Sourav: I remember that! I have always been a good eater. She was 17. I was 23, I think.
Dona: He was in college then.


Actor and actress-Amitabh Bachchan, Aamir Khan, Kareena Kapoor.
Movie-3 Idiots.
Cricketer- Sachin Tendulkar.
Food dish at home-Posto.
Street food in Calcutta-Phuchka.


Dada sponsored by Puma

In February 2008, Ganguly joined as the captain of Kolkata Knight Riders (KKR) team, owned by Bollywood actor Shahrukh Khan, as part of the Indian Premier League (IPL).In the fourth season of the IPL he was signed by the Pune Warriors India.Sourav endorses -
Puma ,Hero Honda,Pepsi,Sahara,Tata Indicom,Britannia Tiger Biscuits,Nokia,Chirag,Vyke,Pogo Potato chips.


Sourav receives Award 

  • Sportstar Person of the Year-1998
  • Arjuna Award-1998
  • CEAT Cricketer of the Year1999-2000
  • CEAT Indian Captain of the Year-2001-02
  • Award for Cricketing Excellence-2003
  • Padma Shri-2004
  • Rammohan Roy Award-2004
  • Young Achiever's Award-2008
  • Castrol Asian Cricketer of the Year-2008

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