President of the Board of Control for Cricket in India and former skipper Sourav Ganguly turns 48 today. Everyone’s dear Dada is amassing birthday regard from all over the globe. Sourav Ganguly will invariably be recalled as a person who enlightened India to believe that they can perform in overseas conditions and led to a new era of Indian cricketing by nurturing young talent to the sport.
Dada didn’t just captain the Indian team after the outcry of the match-fixing scandal but brought upheaval and a change in mentality into the nucleus of the Indian Cricketing system.
In his glorious playing career, Ganguly has played 113 Tests and 311 ODIs and scored 7,212 runs with an average of 42.18 comprises 16 tons.
In ODIs, he has made 11,363 runs at an average of 40.73 with 22 centuries and 72 fifties. Dada also has 100 and 32 wickets in ODIs and Test cricket respectively.
On the occasion of his 48th birthday, here are some interesting facts about Dada:
Born with a silver spoon
Ganguly is the youngest son of Chandidas and Nirupa Ganguly is one of the richest families in Kolkata. His father owned a printing business was the third-largest in all of Asia.
Bollywood style marriage
Sourav Ganguly and his wife Dona were childhood beaus got married secretly as the families were not on the speaking terms but later on, families accepted their liaison.
A Football fan at heart
Amazed! Dada loved playing football. He has taken a keen interest in cricket at the age of 14 but before that, he has always wished to play football as he embodied his school as a Football skipper.
Turns left-handed to use his brother’s kit
Did you know he is actually right-handed batsman? You must-see batting him left-handed. He became left-handed as he could use his brother’s cricket kit.
A whole stretch of road named after him
A 1.5 km road in the Rajarhat district of West Bengal is titled after Sourav. He himself disclosed a plaque including the new game of the road, Sourav Ganguly Avenue, at a social event.
Sourav Ganguly is a deeply religious person and keeps a fast on every Tuesday. His joy can be seen during Kolkata’s most famous festival ‘Durga Puja’.
The awesome treble
He is also one of the five players in the world to achieve the amazing treble of 10,000 runs, 100 wickets and 100 catches in ODI cricket history, the others being Tendulkar, Kallis, Sanath Jayasuriya and Tillakaratne Dilshan.
Sourav threw on the entrepreneur’s hat and emptied a three-storey restaurant, Sourav’s – The Food Pavilion in Calcutta’s posh locality Park Street and the restaurant was inaugurated by Sachin himself in 2004.
Sourav is the third cricketer in the world, along with Aravinda De Silva and Mahela Jayawardene, to score a 100 and lead a team to the final of a World Cup.
The gem of West Bengal
On 20 May 2013, Ganguly was awarded the Bangla Bibhushan Award from the Government of West Bengal, a title instituted by the West Bengal Government to honour the services of personalities in various fields.