Sourav Ganguly‘s Bio – Data
Date of birth: 08 July 1973 11.45 A.M.
Place of birth: Calcutta (now Kolkata), India
Speaks: English, Hindi, and Bengali fluently
Schools attended: St. Xavier’s, Calcutta
Degree: B.A., St. Xavier’s
Zodiac sign: Cancer
Occupation: Former captain and player of the Indian team
Major Teams: Bengal, India, ACC Asian XI, Lancashire and Glamorgan (England)
ODI debut: India vs. West Indies at Brisbane, World Series, 1991/1992
: India vs. England at Lord’s, 2nd Test, 1996
Batting style: Left hand bat
Bowling style: Right arm medium
Family: Parents – Chandidas and Nirupa Ganguly
Wife – Dona Roy ( born Aug. 22 )
Children – Daughter Sana (born Nov 3, 2001)
Greatest influences: Dad, Debu Mitra (coach), and cricketers Ravi Shashtri and Azharuddin
Address: 2/6 Biren Roy Road
Behala, Kolkata – 700 008
West Bengal, India
Martial status: Happily married to Dona Roy
Shoe size: 10
Car: Red Mercedes convertible
Mentor: Father, Chandi Ganguly
Favorite sport: Cricket and Soccer
Favorite cricketers: Rahul Dravid
, Sachin Tendulkar, Brian Lara, and Steve Waugh
Favorite sportswoman: Steffi Graff
Favorite actor: Amitabh Bachchan, SRK, Abhishek Bachchan, and Soumitra Chatterjee
Favorite Tennis player: Pete Sampras and Leander Paes
Favorite movie: Sholay (Hindi)
Favorite foods: Biryani, Alu Posto and Chingri Macher Malaikari (Bengali dishes), Black Dal
Favorite holiday: London and Darjeeling
Favorite city: Calcutta and London
Favorite author: Satyajit Ray
Favorite car: Mercedes convertible
Cricket philosophy: Look at someone who has a lot to learn. Be different and prove your
Philosophy in life: Be a good human being
Most relaxing thing to do: Watch his wife do a dance routine
Best moment: Daughter Sana’s birth
Hates most about himself: Gets excited too quickly
Most embarrassing moment: Dancing with Hrithik Roshan for the Hero Honda advertisement
Impressed with: Steve Waugh’s never-say-die attitude, and Rahul Dravid’s attitude to life
Most valued cricket gear: First Test cap and first bat
Most prized possession: Daughter Sana
Batting strategy: Take ten runs at a time
Sourav Chandidas Ganguly made his entry into this world on 11.45 a.m. July 08, 1973 in Calcutta, the ‘City of Joy’, now Kolkata. He was born into a sports loving family and was the second of two sons born to Chandidas and Nirupa Ganguly. He was born into immense wealth, unlike many Indian cricketers, with the exception of royalty. His parents gave him the nickname of ‘Maharaj’ meaning ‘Prince’. Perhaps, they knew that their son was born to lead.
Sourav’s father, Chandidas Ganguly runs a flourishing printing business, the 3rd largest in Asia, that has helped make the Gangulys among the 5 richest in Kolkata. Even today, Dada’s
father is one of the major barons in the printing business in Kolkata. His palatial, joint-family home which has nearly 30 members in the Kolkata suburb of Behala has more than 45 rooms. There is suggestion of affluence everything in the Ganaguly household, from the palatial 4-storey building itself to the beautifully decorated rooms. The annual turnover of Sourav’s family is nearly 80 crores, with just a profit of 40 crores!
As a child, Sourav was extremely mischievous, a typical Cancerian one could say. His brother Snehashish (nicknamed Raj) was born five years before him and became an accomplished left handed batsman. Though Sourav is a natural right hander, he learned to bat with his left hand from his brother, Snehashish. Sourav does everything else, including writing and bowling with his right hand. Convenience was one of the reasons for Sourav to become a left-handed batsman as he could then use his brother’s cricket gear.
For someone who is one of the best cricketers of contemporary times, it would come as a surprise to many of Sourav’s fans that cricket was not his first love. Like all people who dwell in the city of Kolkata
, Sourav’s first sporting passion was football. But like most Indian kids, he had to make the difficult choice between academics and sport and his mother wasn’t very supportive of Sourav taking up cricket or any sport as a career. But Snehashish, who was an established cricketer for Bengal only strengthened his brother’s resolve to be a cricketer and he asked his father to get Sourav enrolled in a cricket coaching camp during Sourav’s class ten holidays.
For a young man who used his brother’s cricket gear during practice, it was indeed ironical that he replaced his brother in the Bengal cricket team
and consequently, Snehashish was dropped. And thus, Sourav began a glorious cricketing career.
Sourav made his debut in international cricket way back in 1992 during a tour Down Under. But unfortunately, the 19-year old played in just one match against West Indies at Brisbane in which he failed to make an impression, and hence, was dropped from the side. A young Sourav had to face more than just the frustration of being dropped after one opportunity. Rumors of his attitude problems and lack of respect for the senior players hurt Sourav the most. There were also reports in certain newspapers that Sourav refused to carry drinks on the field for a senior cricketer, which he denies till date. He was given a raw deal on his first tour when some prominent cricketers tagged him to be ‘arrogant’ and a ‘
boy with no cricketing talent’. He was ignored for well over four years and many thought that his days as an international cricketer were numbered.
A few years later, however, Sourav came back strong and more determined than ever to make his mark in the world of cricket. He made his debut along with his good friend and now vice captain, Rahul Dravid in the 2nd test vs. England at Lord’s. Sourav amazed cricketers and critics alike when he smashed a century in his debut Test.
He went on to score a century in the very next innings as well. More success came his way when Sourav was named ‘man of the series’ in his Debut. Weeks after his successful tour of England, Sourav eloped with childhood sweetheart Dona Roy. All hell broke lose when the the families of Sourav and Dona heard learnt about the secret wedding. However, both families reconciled and a formal wedding was held on 21st of February in 1997. Happily married, Sourav and Dona are proud parents of a girl named Sana, born in November 2001. She was born on the third day of November.
Sourav hasn’t looked back since his debut and today, he has many records to his name including that of the highest score in a World Cup and is the 2nd highest century getter in ODI after teammate Sachin Tendulkar. He is also referred to as ‘the golden arm’ in the Indian team as his gentle medium pace bowling has given India many a vital breakthrough in one-day cricket. In Test matches today, he, Rahul Dravid and the great Tendulkar form the core of the Indian batting line up.
This man is revered in his home town where he enjoys a God like status. But that is the price one has to pay for being a celebrity in India. If people in Kolkata come to know that Sourav is home, there is a huge crowd that gathers at the gate of his palatial home. As likeable as he is, Sourav also has been firm enough to let overbearing fans and prying media persons know that he deserves and needs his share of privacy. Sourav prefers a quiet evening alone with his wife rather than have photographers and lensmen chasing him all over Kolkata. Sourav is also a deeply religious person and observes a fast every Tuesday.
No one had thought that a lad ridiculed as a non talent, brushed off as being high headed, accused of showing disrespect towards seniors and having attitude problems would one day lead the Indian cricket team. Yet, Sourav Ganguly is now in the hot seat as the captain of the Indian Cricket team. Sourav was appointed as captain when Sachin Tendulkar, shocked everyone by stepping down from his captaincy after India’s disastrous tour Down Under in 1999. As vice captain to Tendulkar, Sourav was the most obvious choice.
Sourav began well as captain, leading India to a series win over South Africa in the 5 match one day series. He really
started coming into his own as the leader of the Indian Team in the ICC Knockout trophy, where he led India to the finals.
Sourav felt that every young player should play two years of domestic cricket before being selected for international assignments. He also said that every newcomer should be given at least five games to prove himself. Perhaps, he being at a receiving end of a raw deal that threatened to ruin his international cricket career enabled Sourav to understand the insecurities of other newcomers in the team better than his predecessors. Sourav backed the youngsters in the team tremendously and thus, gained the love of his teammates.
Sourav also was not shy of taking on responsibility. He showed that he can be a leader of a team, which has greats like Sachin and Dravid in the side, without any problems. Under Sourav’s leadership, India got back the winning habit which the team had forgotten.
Today, Sourav Ganguly is the most successful Indian captain leaving Mohammed Azharuddin’s previous record of 14 test wins behind. Sourav has won 21 Tests as captain, of which more than 7 wins have come overseas! His success rate is an amazing 42%, the highest ever by an Indian captain.
Under his captaincy, the Indian team achieved remarkable heights, including the Test series win against Australia at home in 2001, reaching the World Cup Final in 2003, and winning both the one-day and Test series in Pakistan in 2004.
In just a few years, Sourav rewrote the rules of captaincy. Unlike some of his predecessors, he was impartial, non-parochial, and forever pushed his players to perform better. Off the field, Sourav’s interactions with the media, his fans, and detractors were uncompromisingly honest and earned him the respect of cricket followers everywhere. His 5-year reign
as India’s most successful skipper came to an end in October 2005 when vice-captain Rahul Dravid was given the hot seat.
Sourav Ganguly is not just the ‘Prince of Calcutta’ but he is also the ‘Monarch of Indian Cricket’.
Sourav Ganguly’s Love Story
Each & every girl & boy dreams of that kinda romance & wedding
The love story of Sourav Ganguly and Dona Roy would make perfect material for a masala Hindi Movie.
Sourav Ganguly has lived a life of luxury as he comes from an affluent family. But this does not mean that life has been a ‘walk in the park’ for Dada. As much as his cricketing career has been a ‘tale to tell’, his personal life is also no less than a movie script. Dada is not a man to express his emotions in words, so when it came to the love of his life, he kept his words aside and went to action mode straightaway.
All of us know the old adage ‘Love Thy Neighbour’, but Sourav took it a bit too seriously when he fell head over heels in love with his next door neighbour, Dona. The two familial houses shared a common boundary wall.
Sourav and Dona grew up together and were best of friends. Like a true love struck teenage hero, Sourav would take a drive around Dona’s school with the hope of seeing her. But all was not rosy candy-floss stuff like a KJo movie. The families drifted apart and became sour enemies. Like legendary Romeo and Juliet style, any kind of alliance between the two families was completely unacceptable. Even though the two families kept a distance, Sourav went to watch Dona perform Odissi recitals and Dona watched his matches. The cuteness of their story is surely going to warm every heart.
The couple saw to it that they kept their sweet secret under the wraps. Though Sourav’s family was adamant at not approving a non-Brahmin girl as their daughter-in-law, our Dada is Dada. After Sourav returned from his spectacular Test debut at Lords in 1996, they decided it was time to tie the knot. At that time he was the ‘toast of the town’ and his household was in a celebratory mood.
Sourav called up Moloy Banerjee , the highly respected Bengal cricketer, and confided in him. He later agreed and said, “Can’t say no to Maharaj.” On August 12, 1996, they were married by the registrar, in Banerjee’s living room. When the families got the news, all hell broke loose, but gradually went on to accept the decision of their children. A formal wedding was conducted on February 21st 1997. This is the date the couple celebrates as their wedding anniversary.
After almost 15 years of marriage they are still the best of friends and friendlier neighbours. This is the story of the Maharaj and his Dancing Queen. We all know about Dada’s mental strength and the way he transformed Indian cricket. Therefore this story might not have surprised many as knowing his strong head, in hindsight it was evident that this Dilwala was surely going to get his Dulhaniya, anyhow.