Biography of Sourav Ganguly: Sourav Ganguly is one of the successful Captains of the Indian cricket team. He is also known as the Prince of Bengal; his fearless attitude and aggression made him stand apart from the other players, and he is one of the greatest players in the Cricketing field.
Ganguly, in his Cricketing days, played beautifully in the off-side; his classy cover drives and elegant Straight Drives were so impressive that the Cricket Legends and Fans nickname him as the God of off Side.
Everyone remembers the NatWest Trophy in 2001, where Ganguly led India in the Lords against England to become Victories in the Triangular Series.
The Series was between 3 teams, Srilankan, England, and India. The Sri Lankans were knocked out in the earliest matches. Team India dominated the England’s in fighting, thrilling last over Match to emerge as the Winner of 2002 NatWest Trophy under Sourav Ganguly Leadership. “Ganguly Aggression came out that day when he was standing in the Lords Balcony, opening his Jersey and flaunting with Aggression, What an Iconic moment.”
Currently, Ganguly is serving as the BCCI President of the Indian cricket team. He was appointed as the BCCI President back in the Year 2019 on October 23; after his retirement, he was seen as the Indian Commentator. He did many commentaries in Indian International matches.
Also, we saw the Trio of Sachin Tendulkar, Virendra Sehwag, and Sourav Ganguly outside the Field in the Commentary box in 2019. India was Playing South Africa in the Group Stage match in the 2019 World Cup, “The Trio of three Cricketing legends were sharing all their Cricketing stories during the commentary in World Cup 2019.”
Sourav is one of the Generous Man that has served India in the Best Possible Way with his Cricket Contribution, The Prince of Bengal Is Respected and Honoured all over the World.
Sourav Ganguly Childhood
On July 8, 1972, Sourav Ganguly was born in Calcutta’s city. His father’s name was candida’s Ganguly, and his mother was a housewife Nurupa Ganguly; he also had his elder brother Snehasish Ganguly, whom he loved and admired the most in his family.
Sourav Ganguly father, Candida’s Ganguly, was one of the wealthiest men’s in Calcutta; he had an evolving print business and was leading the marketplace in Calcutta back in the Year’s
Ganguly had a luxurious Childhood; with all the care and comfort by his Side, he was brought and raised by his family well to succeed and be a good human being in nature.
The City of Calcutta had always been famous for its Football sport. Most people in Bengal like Football, especially those raised from a Bengali family; Sourav was also a Bengali, and his interest was not different from the other people in Calcutta.
Sourav Ganguly was fond of Football during his early growing-up days; he played Football with his friends and represented his school teams in various football tournaments. “Sourav Parents were understanding, and they never forced their Child to pick up and do things what they liked; instead, they gave their child the freedom to rise and succeed.”
Sourav’s Elder brother Snehasish was the one who introduced Sourav Ganguly to Cricket; he recognized Ganguly’s talent in Sports and asked him to join cricket and start seeing the sport as his Career.
Ganguly always listened to his elder brother; Ganguly made sure that he sought every advice his elder brother had. Many people didn’t know that Ganguly was a right-handed Batsman in his starting days; he converted himself as the Left-Handed Batsman after many days of practice in the teenage era. “The Main reason to convert as a left-hand Batsman was that Ganguly could use his brother’s equipment in the Cricket Sport.”
Biography of Sourav Ganguly
Ganguly was finally admitted into the cricket academy. His elder brother was very supportive, concerned for his future, and built a Multi-gym and Concrete Wicket inside his home so that Sourav could train and carry out his practice session on the Concrete Wicket from his house.
Ganguly from his childhood days had a bit of smirk of arrogance, Competitiveness, and dominance to win every Match he plays. Due to this personality trait, he was made Captain in his Xavier’s School Cricket Team.
He made several centuries in his teenage Tournaments and was often hard to vibe in. Due to his arrogance and self-obsessive attitude, during a cricket match, Sourav Ganguly refused to act as the 12th man and give drinks to the playing eleven; he thought it hit his prestige and social status.
Ganguly Debut in the One Day Internationals
Sourav Ganguly was mainly selected in test Cricket in the Ranji season, and for many years he was not included in the One Day Internationals, selectors believed that Ganguly was only fit for test cricket as he scored most of his runs in the off Direction and he needs to evolve more to score in all sides of the ground to represent India in the ODI’s
The Ranji Season, 1990-91 went Ideal for the Maharaja, Sourav Ganguly; he scored tons of runs in the domestic games to get selected in the One-day Internationals against West Indies in 1992.
In his first ODI Match, he faced some Deliveries, scored one boundary in the fine leg area, and then was dismissed by a good ball hitting in his pads, given out by the Umpire. It was disappointing innings for the debutant – Sourav Ganguly.
The Series turned out to be the worst for Sourav Ganguly as he was called arrogant and selfish. He again refused to take drinks and water for the players and said it was not his job. Hence, his underperformance in the White ball cricket and the increased arrogance towards the players made him out of the Indian Side.
Everyone started to believe that the player was only Talk and aggressive, and he no more deserved a second chance for representing the National Side. Ganguly never cared what his team members said about him and his game; he believed in his ability to score and moved forward in bettering his skills. “The Confidence and the Self Belief of Sourav Ganguly made him rise, and he was about Conquer Historical Cricket Records.”
Sourav Ganguly International Test Debut
Sourav Ganguly went back to the First Class Cricket and performed the best in the Ranji and Duleep Trophy to again get a call to Represent India against England in the Englishmen Home Ground.
Ganguly made his international Test debut in lords 1996, in that Match against England; Rahul Dravid was also debuting for India in his first test match.
Ganguly was selected in the Playing 11 against England, but he couldn’t play the First Test Match because many experienced Cricketers represented the First Test Match.
Team India got defeated in the First Test Match against England, which led to much controversy and changing players for the second test; two of the newcomers, Sourav Ganguly and Rahul Dravid, were given a chance to represent India in the Second Test Match.
Ganguly’s first International Breakthrough performance came up in the Second Test Match; England made a big total, over 300 as their first innings score.
India came to bat and lost early wickets in the Second Innings. Ganguly came out to bat at one and showed his class and excellence with the bat; in his first test international Match for India, Ganguly Scored his First international century and made a total of 131 runs in 450 balls in his debut match.
Biography of Sourav Ganguly
After his Test Hundred, Ganguly became the 10th Batsman to score a hundred in the Test Debut; after that day, the Name, Sourav Ganguly, was famous all over the World, and he gained fame, Success, and Respect with his excellent batting skills in the Cricketing Field.
People trolling Ganguly for his arrogance and Self-obsession started to love him the way he is and accepted his flaws and past.
The Second test Match ended as a draw because of the Sourav Ganguly century contribution. Hence, it was then no stopping for Ganguly. He went on to play the third test. He again delivered the second century of 136 runs and became the third Batsman to score a century in his first two consecutive international innings.
The Second Test match was historic for Sourav Ganguly; he played and formed a partnership with Sachin Tendulkar of 255 runs. It was the Highest Every Partnership in that time for Indians against any country.
The Historic Test ended with tough Competition between the two teams. Therefore the third test match also ended in a draw. “England won the Series, as they won the first test match due to Ganguly’s absence in the first test; if Ganguly was included in the first Match, then we could have seen a better scenario of India Being Victories’
Sourav Ganguly, The New Captain of the Indian Cricket team
After the Failure in the 1999 world cup for India, match-fixing rumours came up. Many of the experienced players were suspended, and BCCI came across many tough challenges that led to Impulsive decisions.
Sachin was the King of run-scoring of that time; everyone respected the generosity and humbleness nature of Sachin Tendulkar, players wanted him to take over the Captaincy and Lead the Indian National Side in world Cricket.
Therefore Sachin Accepted the Offer and started to lead the Indian National side in world Cricket.
Sachin led the Indian Side against Australia and South Africa; hence, India failed to perform in both of the Series; Sachin felt the pressure and resigned from Captaincy.
The Captaincy responsibility was getting to Sachin Head, and he was unable to focus and concentrate on his game; he was out of form for a couple of matches, which made him doubt his Captaincy and resign.
In the absence of Sachin Tendulkar and the Vice-Captain Ajay Jadeja, Ganguly led the Inexperienced Side of India against Brain Lara team West Indies to get a 2-1 win in Toronto.
The Series win made the BCCI and Selectors appoint Sourav Ganguly as the Permanent Indian Captain.
Ganguly again proved himself as the best Captain when he led the Side with a 3-2 Series win against the best South Africa Side; hence, he was named the fixed Captain of Indian Cricket Team in all the Formats.
Sourav Ganguly Trained the Indian Players to fight back.
Australians were at the Top of their game; the Australian captain Steve Waugh Turned out to be the most successful Captain for the Aussies; he led the Aussie against the big cricketing countries and evolved the Aussie’s to be Victorious in all the Formats.
Sourav Ganguly Trained the Indian players to respond with aggression to the opponents; it was when aggression was taking over the Cricketing field, Australia Series was approaching, and the Aussies were famous for their sledding distracting players to underperform in the Field.
Sourav Ganguly was ready to lead India for the Border Gavaskar Trophy as Australia toured India For a three-match test series in Mumbai, Kolkata, and Chennai.
The Border Gavaskar Trophy 2001 –
The Border Gavaskar Trophy was ready to take place in the Home ground of Team India.
Indian Fans Were excited to witness India Defeating the Best Test Team Australia in a three-match Test Series.
The first test of the Border Gavaskar Trophy got played in Mumbai from February 27 to March 1, 2001.
The Aussies completely dominated the first test; India was out to bat first and was dismissed only with a total of 176 runs in their first innings; Glenn McGrath was the Impactful pace bowler in the first test; he picked three wickets for 19, Shane Warne the leg spinner, took four wickets for 121
The Second Innings of India was average as they only managed to put on a total of 218 runs, and Sachin Tendulkar was the Leading Run scorer with 65 runs; India set a target of 47 runs for the Australians to chase down.
The Australian chased 47 and Defeated India in seven overs with 10 Wickets in hand. “The Aussies were about to create history after 30 years, as they were set to Whitewash India in their home country.”
The Second Test of the Border Gavaskar Trophy
The Indian Captain Sourav Ganguly was asked many questions for the first test defeat in Border Gavaskar Trophy. “Ganguly held his patience and said, What Happened in the First test would never happen again.”
The Second Test Match took place in Sourav Ganguly’s home ground, Kolkata, Eden Garden Stadium.
The Australian players dominated the first innings of the second test match; Steve Waugh, The Australian Captain, made a century and led his Side to 445 runs as the first innings score.
The Indian Spinner Harbhajan Singh was the Pick of the bowlers; he took seven key wickets for 123, including a hat-trick, the first test hat-trick in 69 years.
India Batters in the Second innings only managed to put 171 on the board, with McGrath troubling the India batters with a magical spell of 4 for 18
Captain Steve Waugh asked India for the Follow-on and bat again to chase down the remaining runs and target the Australians.
At the End of Day 3, Indian players gained some motivation and put on a total of 254/4 on the board; people lost hope of India winning the Match as they were 20 runs still behind to set a target for Australia.
The Magic happened on the fourth day when Rahul Dravid and VVS Laxman formed a partnership and batted the Entire day, Steve Waugh tried his nine bowlers in the playing 11, but they could break the Partnership between the Two Indian Players.
Biography of Sourav Ganguly
Dravid and Laxman scored their century and took India to 598 runs.
On the 5th Day, Laxman Scored his highest test runs that his 281, and broke the record of Sunil Gavaskar 236; on the Other Side, the Wall of Indian Cricket – Rahul Dravid, scored 180 runs, the Captain Sourav Ganguly was proud of the Indian Batters.
The Australian Players constantly sledged the India Players, but they never responded with words; they responded with the runs and declared on day 5 with a massive total of 657 runs. Australia was made to chase a target of 384 runs on the fifth day.
Australia Started the target chase with decency and patience and put on a score of 161, losing three wickets at tea.
The Final Session arrived, and everyone was expecting the Match to end as a draw, Suddenly the Australian players started to collapse and lost five wickets in 31 balls.
The Magic happened as the off Spinner Harbhajan took five wickets and Tendulkar took two wickets to bundle down the Australians with a score of 212
Harbhajan Singh created the Magic with a first-inning seven wickets and second innings six wickets to get India a Magician Second test match win to level the Series (1-1)
Third Test Match of the Border Gavaskar Trophy – The Decider
The Decider of the three-match test series began in Chennai on March 18.
Sourav Ganguly men were ready to win the Series from the Australians.
Australia won the Toss and was all-out on a total of 391 as their first innings score, Matthew Hayden was the hero Of Australia with his heroic knock of 203 runs, and Harbhajan Singh was again the Conqueror, with seven wickets of 133
The second Innings Started with Team Innings, surpassing the Australia first Innings score and putting 510 in the Scoreboard; Sachin Tendulkar was the highest run-getter from the Indian Side with 126 of 230 balls.
Australia in the Third Innings scored 264 as Harbhajan Singh was again all over them, this time he took his highest individual innings wickets with a figure of 8 for 84 and ended putting a total of 32 wickets in his back at the end of the Series “India Needed only 155 runs to chase and get the Series win” “42 overs were still left to play”
India lost quick wickets, and the Tail Enders managed to contribute India to 151/8; Harbhajan Singh and Sameer Bahutule Staying on the crease with four runs to chase
The Punjabi Boy who has been Exceptional in the Series, Harbhajan Singh, hits the winning runs and gets India to a historic victory in Chennai.
Sourav Ganguly was then named India’s most successfully captain; he won India the Border GAVASKAR Trophy and Continued the Reign of Winning Border Gavaskar Trophy in India for 30 Years.
The 2002 NatWest Series
Ganguly was leading the Indian Playing Eleven in the Triangular Series between England, Srilanka, and India.
The NatWest Series got played in the Year 2002 from June 27 to July 13
Sourav Ganguly team played beautifully and emerged in the Top of the Points table; after a match of England and Sri Lanka in the Knockout stages, England Beat Srilanka and finished second in the Points Table.
The NatWest Series final was between India England in the Historic Lords Cricket Ground.
England batted first and put on a massive score of 325 runs in their 50 over, Marcus Trescothick the England Opener, and Nasser Hussain scored their Individual Century. “Trescothick scored 109 of 100 balls, and Hussain contributed with 115 runs of 128 balls.”
The Indian Captain, Sourav Ganguly, came with Virendra Sehwag to chase the target.
Biography of Sourav Ganguly
The India Openers started well and successfully gave India a leading start in the Run Chase; Ganguly was beautiful with his shots and placement; he hit ten fours and 1 Six and departed with his aggressive 60 runs of 68 balls.
As soon the Captain Departs the India Batters starts to collapse, Sehwag goes for 45, and Mongia, Sachin, and Dravid Fail to contribute to the Run Chasing.
Yuvraj Singh and Mohammad Kaif took the Losing game to the Last overs. Unfortunately, Yuvi Departs, for a well-made 69
Zaheer Khan hit the winning runs in the Last Over and made Victorious in the NatWest Trophy final. “People all over India started to celebrate the win as it’s was one of the biggest wins in the cricketing history” “India Chased down the Massive target of 325 Runs.”
“Sourav Ganguly was delighted, and he opened his jersey in the Lord’s Balcony and Flaunted at the England’s” “Dada Conquered England in Lords.”
Sourav Ganguly Marriage
After his first successful test debut in 1996, South Ganguly married his childhood best friend and his love, Dona Roy.
The Married was controversial as both royal families were Rivals of each other, but they further settled their disputes and formed a formal wedding in February 1997.
After the marriage, Sourav represented the national Side and performed well in the ODI’s. He scored his maiden ODI Century against Srilanka with 113 and got the win against the Lankan’s lions.
Later in 1997, he won several man-of-the-match awards and got results with his bowling; he got his best bowling figures, took five wickets off ten overs, and conceded only 16 runs.
Sourav Ganguly Controversy and setbacks
In 2005, Greg Chappel was appointed as the Head coach of the India Cricket Team for a tour against Zimbabwe.
Ganguly faced many disputes with Chappel, which led to many controversies; Chappel emailed the BCCI that Ganguly is mentally and physically unfit to represent India in the Upcoming Matches.
Hence the actions of the Head Coach were damaging the India Team Internally and causing many disputes between the players. “Ganguly fans, after knowing about then emails and Harassment of Ganguly, fired on the Head coach to remove him from THE Coaching STAFF.”
Therefore, the BCCI president in 2005, Ranbir Singh Mahindra, asked both the Indian Captain, Sourav Ganguly, and Greg Chappel to settle the misunderstandings and build mutual understandings.
After the Dispute, Ganguly faced poor form and was unable to score for his country, and he was later stripped from Captaincy and dropped from the Squad. “After his absence, Rahul Dravid was appointed the India Captain.”
Ganguly Returned to the 2006 Champions Trophy and Whitewashed the South African with a 4-0 lead. He also represented India in the 2007 50 Over World Cup and Scored the Highest Number of Runs for his Squad. Still, Unfortunately, India faced an upset from Bangladesh and was knocked out of the Tournament.
Ganguly IPL Career and retirement
Ganguly represented the Kolkata Night Riders in the Indian Premier League 2008; the first Match of the Starting IPL was between the Kolkata Night Riders and Royal Challengers Bangalore.
Brendon McCullum from Knights Side scored the highest runs in the First Match of The First IPl 2008; he made an unbeaten 158 runs off 73 balls and got his team to a 140 run victory.
After the IPL 2008, Ganguly announced that he would play his last test series against Australia in Border Gavaskar Trophy.
The 2008 Border Gavaskar Trophy went Ideal for Sourav Ganguly; he scored 324 runs at an average of 54.
In the second test match of the Series, Ganguly made his century, and in the final test, he made 85 and 0, respectively. “Therefore, India won the Border Gavaskar Trophy 2008 under the legend, Ms. Dhoni Captaincy, and conquered the Series with (2-0) lead.
Ganguly after his Test Retirement
Ganguly was removed from KKR Captaincy after back-to-back losses in recent years; Brendon McCullum was appointed as the New KKR Captain; hence it made no difference to the Side; this time, they finished at the last of the points table with three wins and ten losses.
Ganguly later Appeared in the Bengali Television show Dadagiri Unlimited, “The Show was just like the Kaun Banega Crorepati, Ganguly used to ask questions, and correct answers takes you closer to the bigger reward of money.”
In the Year 2010-11, Sourav Ganguly was again appointed as the Captain of the Kolkata Night Rider’s, but they again appeared at the bottom of the points table.
He then was introduced in the Auctions, and Pune Warriors signed him after being unsold in the initial auction stages. He later represented their IPL side; Ganguly scored 50 runs in three innings, and it’s was the Last time he was playing the IPl.
Ganguly announced retirement from all formats of Cricket on October 29, 2012, and he later published his first book, “A Century is not enough”
Sourav Ganguly Stats
- 113 International Test Matches with 7212 runs and 16 Centuries
- 311 One day International matches with 11363 runs and 22 Centuries
- 59 IPL matches with 1349 runs and seven fifties
Sourav Ganguly Achievements
- He is India’s most successful Captain on the foreign ground; he played 28 matches and won 11.
- Highest Individual Scorer in a World cup with 183
- Eighth Batsman after Sachin Tendulkar to surpass 10000 runs in International Cricket
- Fastest Batsman to make 9000 runs in the ODI’ the record was later broken By South African retired player, Ab De Villiers.
- Only Batsman to score 10000 runs with 1000 wickets and 100 ODI catches
- Highest Individual Score of 117 in the Champions Trophy Final
Awards and Honours
Sourav Ganguly has received
- Arjuna Award
- Sports Person of the year Award
- CEAT Indian Captain of the Year
- Padma Shri 2004
- Ram Mohan Roy award in 2004
Sourav Ganguly is no doubt has made India proud with a maximum contribution for the India National Team.
He is the current BCCI president and doing his job to better the Indian cricket Team’s Future.
Thank you for all Your Contribution Dada. “We Miss Your Captaincy and Batting.”