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Sourav Ganguly Biography – Personal Life, Career, Facts, Awards, Records, Wife, Net Worth

Sourav Ganguly Biography: The batsman who combined dexterity with surgical precision in his stroke play and took immense pride to galvanize a young Indian side, Sourav Ganguly is encrypted as one of the eminent Indian legends of all time. Ganguly resurrected his career through the deepest miseries and proved to be an intuitive and uncompromising leader.

Sourav Ganguly was the Captain of the Indian Cricket Team and played for the Bengal Cricket Team in domestic format. He had spent a considerable amount of time playing for the IPL franchises Kolkata Knight Riders and Pune Warriors Indian. The young, fierce, and aggressive batting all-rounder made his debut against West Indies at an ODI on 11th January 1992.

Sourav Ganguly Cricketing Career & Personal Life

Sourav Ganguly family
Sourav Ganguly family

Sourav Ganguly was born on 8th July 1972 to Chandidas and Nirupa Ganguly in the Kolkata district of West Bengal. His father ran a successful paint business. The popular football culture in the North-East impacted the interest of Ganguly who pursued the sport in his initial youth days. However, his fathers urged him to focus on academics and did not want him to build a sporting career.

Ganguly’s breakthrough occurred when his brother Snehashish helped him to build a career in cricket as he too played for the Bengal team in domestic cricket. Ganguly’s cricketing skills were acknowledged at his cricket club and the journey towards something very big was initiated.

Age: 49 Years

Height: 5’11”

Weight: 70 kgs

Alma Mater: St. Xavier’s School, Kolkata

Coach: Ashok Mustafi

Sourav Ganguly Early Days

Sourav Ganguly Early Days
Sourav Ganguly Early Days

Sourav Ganguly was initially right-handed but started to bat left-handedly so that he could use his brother’s cricketing equipment. Ganguly represented his school team at domestic cricket. He successfully scored his maiden century against Orissa’s U-15 team which in turn helped him to become the captain of his school team.

Ganguly continued to display a fine all-around performance that led to his selection in the Bengal State team. Ganguly scored a brilliant run for the Bengal team at the U-16 Vijay Merchant Trophy and the U-19 Cooch Behar Trophy. His impressive performance at the amateur leagues paved his way for a first-class debut.

Sourav Ganguly Domestic Career

Sourav Ganguly Domestic Career
Sourav Ganguly Domestic Career

Sourav Ganguly was selected in the Bengal Team for the 1989-90 season. He failed to make it into the XI following his arrogant nature. Ganguly was then recalled in the 1990-91 season where he performed magnificently. The prolific Ranji season for Ganguly earned him an Indian call but was dropped from the team for his negative attitude towards the game.

Ganguly had a bad patch in 1992. He returned with a marvelous form as he toiled heavily at the Ranji Trophy seasons of 1993 and 1994. He was the highest run-scorer for Bengal and scored an impressive knock 171 at the Duleep Trophy of 1995-96. This helped him to get recalled for the National side in 1996.

Sourav Ganguly International Career 

Sourav Ganguly International Career 
Sourav Ganguly International Career

Sourav Ganguly made a comeback in the England tour and featured in alone ODI before getting omitted for the first test. His turning point in life was the second test where Navjot Singh Sindhu left the tour following ill-treatment by skipper Azharuddin. Ganguly made his Test debut against England in the second Test at Lord’s.

Ganguly scored a century on his Test debut at Lord’s becoming only the third batsman to achieve the feat at the iconic venue. Ganguly went on to retain his scintillating touch as he scored centuries in both innings at the next match in Trent Bridge. Ganguly went on to end the England tour on a successful note.

Ganguly later scored his maiden ODI century against Sri Lanka in 1998. He went on to register his career-best bowling figures of 5/16 against Pakistan at the Sahara Cup. He was a part of the World Cup team in 1999 where he scored a knock of 183 runs against Sri Lanka and registered the highest partnership at a World Cup alongside Rahul Dravid (318).

Following the match-fixing scandal by some senior Indian players in 2000, Sourav Ganguly was named the Captain of the Indian team. Under his captaincy, India reached the final of the World Cup after 20 years but lost to Australia in 2003. Ganguly also displayed a fine individual performance and led the Indian side to many series victories under his reign.

Ganguly’s performance deteriorated after the 2003 World Cup and his indifferences and aggressive attitude with the support staff led to his dropping from the national team in 2005. He returned to the side at the South African tour in 2006 and his impressive performance led to the appointment of his captaincy at the 2007 World Cup.

However, his rift with Greg Chappell was the highlight of the poorly performing Indian team. Chappell in a letter to BCCI had written that Ganguly is mentally unfit to lead the Indian side. After continuous humiliation post World Cup, Ganguly announced his retirement in International cricket on 16th November 2007.

Sourav Ganguly IPL Career

Sourav Ganguly IPL Career
Sourav Ganguly IPL Career

Sourav Ganguly was picked by the Kolkata Knight Riders franchise in 2008 and appointed as the Captain of the team. The franchise failed to perform in the first stint as Dada returned to lead the side in 2010 but the side once again failed to earn a mark under Ganguly. He was then picked by the unsuccessful Pune franchise in the 2011 and 2012 season, post which he retired from domestic cricket as well.

Sourav Ganguly Administration Career

Sourav Ganguly BCCI
Sourav Ganguly BCCI

Sourav Ganguly was the President of the Bengal Cricket Association from 2015-2019. After the Cricket Association of Bengal flourished under Dada, he was appointed as the President of the Board of Cricket Control for India, the nodal agency responsible for the management and administration of Cricket in India. He is the incumbent President.

Sourav Ganguly Wife

Dona Roy

Sourav Ganguly Wife
Sourav Ganguly Wife

Sourav Ganguly married his childhood love and friend Dona Roy at a private ceremony in 1997, even after a stiff opposition by their families who are known to be the enemies of one time. Ganguly always listened to his heart and convinced his parents of the marriage. The couple gave birth to their daughter Sana Ganguly in 2001.

Sourav Ganguly Net Worth

365 Crore

Sourav Ganguly Net Worth
Sourav Ganguly Net Worth

Sourav Ganguly’s estimated net worth is Rs. 365 crores. He earns a hefty remuneration of Rs. 5 crores from the BCCI and has earned a considerable amount of wealth through his professional career for India and Kolkata Knight Riders. He also earns a significant income through endorsements.

Sourav Ganguly is the brand ambassador of Puma, DTDC, and Adani Group’s Fortune Oil. Sourav owns a luxurious house in Kolkata and has an estate of Rs. 45 crores. He has a premium collection of cars including Audi A8, BMW X7, and Mercedes S-Class, and GL-63.

Sourav Ganguly Facts

  • Sourav Ganguly is fondly called Dada.
  • An England Cricketer once gave him the title of Prince of Calcutta.
  • Ganguly has an indoor multi-gym and cricket pitch at his home.
  • A 1.5 km Road at North 24 Parangas district is named after Ganguly.
  • A housing complex is named after him as Sourav Housing Complex.

Sourav Ganguly Records

Sourav Ganguly Records
Sourav Ganguly Records
  1. Dada is the only cricketer to win four successive Man of the Match awards in ODI’s.
  2. He is the eighth-highest run-getter in ODI’s- 11,363.
  3. He holds the record of highest individual score in a Champions Trophy Final- 117.
  4. Ganguly is the first batsman to score a century on debut and pick a wicket on the first ball of his debut match.
  5. Sourav’s batting average never went below 40 in Tests.

Sourav Ganguly Awards & Achievements 

Sourav Ganguly Awards
Sourav Ganguly Awards
  • Padma Shri- 2004
  • Banga Bhushan- 2013

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