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Sourav Ganguly's Bio - Data
Full name: Sourav Chandidas Ganguly
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
Test debut: 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
Sibling (s) - Brother Snehashish 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 actress: Aishwariya Rai and Raveena Tandon
Favorite Soccer player: Brazillian soccer player, Pele
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.
1972–89: Early life and introduction to cricket-Sourav Ganguly was born on 8 July 1972 in
Mrs. Ganguly– The Dancing Queen –
Dona Roy Ganguly, the only child of Sanjeev and Sapna Roy was born on August 22, 1976. Dona hails from a well-known Bengali family; who live next door to the Gangulys. Dona also hails from a well-off family and her father, like Sourav's runs a flourishing Dona was a student of Loreto Convent and pursued her career in classical dance. Dona is known as “Mrs. Sourav Ganguly” around the world, but she would prefer being known as Dona, the Odissi danseuse. In fact, she had become famous long before she married Sourav. Dona pursued dance from a very young age and wanted to become successful in her chosen area of specialization. Her dream was to set up a dance school for youngsters who were interested in this type of classical dance. Dona began with ‘Kathak’ under the tutelage of Birju Mjaraj’s , Rajen Basubut but after he fell ill, she started Odissi lessons under Giridhari Nayak.in Kolkata. Infact, the two families were once business partners. A yellow colored building next to Sourav's red one, Dona's home has a spacious lawn, a swimming pool and a small wall that seperates the two neighboring houses.
Influenced by her mother to become a dancer, Dona is one of the youngest disciples of the great Late Kelucharan Mahapatra. She began to learn classical dance from Amala Shankar, wife of world famous dancer Uday Shankar.in Dona’s dancing career came when she shifted to Odissi under the guidance of Guru Giridhari Nayak. The most development however, was the encounter with Guru Kelucharan Mahapatra, one of the greatest exponents of Odissi. Under the direct guidance and intensive coaching of the great Guru, Dona has developed her skill and has already proved her talent in Odissi Dance at a number of functions in India and Abroad, to mention a few.
Her performance at the India International Centre in
before a distinguished gathering in 1993 was greeted with splendid reviews in Delhi Press. The “Hindu” states, “The young Odissi dancer groomed under Guru KelucharanMahapatra in the sculpuresque anga suddhi of her dance brings to mind Sanjukta Panigrahi dancing at a tender age.” Dona also performed with great success at the Russian Consulate at Gorki Sadan, PAMEX ’91 Conference at Salt Lake Stadium in Delhi . Raj Bhavan, Calcutta Dover Lane dance festival, for the English speaking Union, Dover Lane 1995, 1997, Salt Lake Music Festival, Konark Festival, the & for many different international conferencesand many other Dona won a silver medal from late Prof. Nurul Hassan, the Governor of West Bengal, in appreciation of her performance at Raj Bhavan in 1991. She also displayed high performance in Odissi Dance at the Antiquity Festival of Fine Arts held at the Victoria Memorial Hall in Indian Museum . Dona also received the prestigious “Jadubhatta Puraskar” awarded by the Salt Lake Cultural Association in of her performance at the 7th Music Festival held in January 1994. She received this award from Shri Raghunath Reddi, Governor of West Bengal. Among her other awards are: “Lions Kalakar Award”, “R. D. Burman Memorial Award”, “Uttam Kumar Award”, “Bharat Nirman”, and “Satyajit Award”. She also received a gold medal for her final year Examination of Pracheen Kala Kendra, Calcutta . Dona has also performed several times in the Chandigarh USAand . She received number of awards for her outstanding performance. Perhaps the most prestigious day in her career as a Odissi dancer was Frank M. Jordan, the mayor of Sun Francisco city declared July 8, 1995 as "Dona Roy Day". She has been accepted as an Honorary Citizen of Metropolitan Nasville on the 22nd June 1995. She has also received the certificate of Honorary Citizenship from the city of UK and also from Shelby Country Tennessee. The Mayor Jim Rout also declared June 24, 1995 as “Dona Roy Day” in Shelby Country. She was invited by the 15th North American Bengali Conference held in Memphis from June 30 to July 2, 1995 where her performance was appreciated by the 10,000 audience as well as the American Press. She performed all round New York in many cities. The city of USA Pleasanton welcomed Dona Roy as its Honoured Guest and so did the city of Sunnyvale . She also participated in the Twentieth Anniversary of Kallol of New Jersey. She performed with great success at the 19th North American Bengali Conference held in California in 1999. She and her troupe performed in the “Bishwa BangaSahitya Sanmelan” held in San Francisco in 2000 with success. She also performed with great success at the Eastwood Theater Hall in Glassgow in Calcutta Scotland along with a couple of shows in Central London like the Bharatiya Bidya Bhavan and Logan Hall in Central London during the summer of 2000. She is an “A” graded artist and a regular performer of CalcuttaDoordarshan. She now runs a Yoga, Dance and Music Centre called “DIKSHA” where she herself teaches Odissi Dance. Dona admits that she was never a great fan of cricket but of course of Sourav, her next-door neighbor. But, now she has to live with cricket. "I am used to it", she says. "However, Maharaja has always been supporting me in dancing". Sourav once admitted that Dona did not like too much of cricket as that kept him away from her for long. When asked if Sourav discusses cricket with her, Dona replied: If I start talking cricket, he asks me to shut up.
1. His full name is Sourav Chandidas Ganguly.
2. He was born in July 8, 1972,
Calcutta (now Kolkata), Bengal. According to his date of birth, his is Cancer.
3. His parents -nirupa & chandi ganguly
4. Sourav married Dona Ganguly.
5. Ganguly is the first left-handed batsman and a right-handed medium-pace bowler.
6. He is naturally right-handed batsman but the reason of his becoming left-handed to use the equipments of his elder brotherSnehasish.
7. Sourav lives in a joint family. His family member is 50 including him.
8. His home in Behala, Kolkata has 48 rooms and his family owns 32 cars.
9. Sourav and Sachin are one of the most successful opening pair ever in one-day cricket (ODI).
10. Sourav never thought to be a cricketer. And his first chosen game was not cricket. Even today, he would rather watch football than cricket on TV.
11. Sourav Ganguly wanted to be a footballer and he continued his football playing till his age of 13 but he took cricket as his elder brother was a cricketer.
12. His favorite position in football is ‘striking’.
13. Sourav maintains a diary in Bengali.
14. Sourav is a very religious person and he always pray before every match.
15. Sourav is called Bengal Tiger, Prince of Calcutta, and Lord Snooty by his opponents and his team mates are called him ‘Dada’ affectionately.
16. Ganguly was the captain of
India team from 2000 to 2005. And under his captaincy, India could reach in round in 2003.
17. Sourav Ganguly made his(ODI) debut for
India team against West Indies in 1992.
18. In his debut match he scored only 3 runs off facing 13 balls.
19. His poor performance left him out from
India team but he returned back in international cricket after four years.
20. He made his Test debut at Lord’s against
21. He scoredin his debut match against
22. He became only the third cricketer to score a century on his debut match at Lord’s after Harry Graham and John Hampshire.
23. In 1997 Ganguly scored his maiden century against
Sri Lanka. Opening the innings, he scored 113
24. His best bowling in ODI is 5/16 off 10 overs.
25. After a barren run in Test cricket his form returned at the end of the year with three centuries in four Tests all against
Sri Lanka two of this involved 250+ stands with Sachin Tendulkar.
26. In 1999 world cup Ganguly scored 183 runs against
Sri Lanka at tTaunton off facing 158 balls including 17 fours and 7 sixes.
27. He is thefastest player to reach 10,000 and 11,000 ODI runs.
28. He captained
India team in a record 49 Test matches.
India got record 21 Test win under his captaincy where 12 matches were out side the Inida.
30. He is the seventh Indian batsmen to score 6000 Test runs.
31. He made a record of most 200+ ODI partnerships along with Sachin Tendulkar and Ricky Ponting.
32. He also made a record of 300 runs Partnership in 5th wicket along with Yuvraj Singh.
33. He is also the only player to win 4 consecutive ‘Man of the match’ awards in ODIs.
34. He is the most successful OID captain in
35. Interesting thing is that he is the first Indian who scored an ODI century against
Australia in Australia.
36. His career best Test score is 239 against
Pakistan in India.
37. He had to face 362 balls where he hit 30 fours and 2 sixes.
38. Sourav got ‘Man of the series’ 2 times in Test and 7 times in ODI.
39. He got ‘Man of the match’ award 4 times in Test and 31 times in ODI.
40. Sourav earns around 7 crores a year just from endorsement and charges 1 crore for each advertisement.
41. Sourav is the third highest OID scorer in the
India. He has scored 11363 in 311 ODI’s.
42. Ganguly has the highest Test and ODI aggregate of any left-handed batsman
India has produced and his 15 Test and 22 ODI centuries are also a record for any Indian left-hander.
43. He also led
India to their first series wins in both Tests and ODIs in Pakistan, a feat that had eluded India for over 50 years.
India has never lost a Test match in which Sourav scored a century.
45. He wasold boy when he debut in ODI cricket.
46. Ganguly is only the third Indian Test batsmen to maintain a career average that never dipped below 40 runs per innings for his entire.
47. Sourav also record along with Sachin Tendulkar the highest 1stwicket ODI partnership.
48. He is the third batsman inof hitting maximum number of sixes in ODI. He hit 190 sixes in 311 ODI matches.
49. Sourav ans Sachin scored highest 25 times 100 runs partnership in 1 wicket in ODI. The nearest is Adam Gilchrist and Matthew Hayden pair they scored 17 times in 1st wicket.50. Sourav eats only on Tuesdays and Saturdays.