NEW DELHI: One of the most respectable players of the Indian Cricket Team, Sourav Ganguly, fondly called Dada by his fans and supporters turns 43 today.
Born as Sourav Chandidas Ganguly in Calcutta, the ‘City of Joy’, now Kolkata in 1973, he was the second son of the Ganguly family. Unlike other Indian cricketers, Dada has certainly enjoyed immense wealth and was even nicknamed ‘Maharaj’ meaning ‘Prince’ at home, like any other child.
Sourav was extremely mischievous throughout his childhood. His brother Snehashish was five years elder to him and was an accomplished left handed batsman. Even though Sourav is a natural right hander, he learned to bat with his left hand from his elder brother. However, the former Indian-Bengali cricketer has always be a right handed person, at other things, like writing and bowling.
Dada has claimed 29,000 runs, 38 centuries and 132 wickets in tests and ODIs’ in his cricketing career and boasted of a shy personality. He formed one of the best opening pairs with Sachin in the history of world cricket and has always been credited for incorporating aggression into the team.
Ganguly waving his shirt from pavilion after India's Natwest Trophy victory at Lord's in the year 2002 still continues to be afresh in fans' memories.
Former Indian Caption Sourav Ganguly is now a member of the BCCI'S Advisory Committee.