Sourav Ganguly Biography

About Sourav Ganguly:

Sourav Ganguly is known as one of India’s most prolific and talented former cricketers, and has made cricket history not only as a talented player and national team captain, but also as one of the highest-scoring ODI cricketers of all time. Lets know Sourav Ganguly Biography.

Name Sourav Ganguly
Full Name Sourav Chandidas Ganguly
Father's Name Chandidas Ganguly
Mother's Name Nirupa Ganguly
Wife Name Dona Roy
Date of Birth July 8, 1972
Birth Place Calcutta, India
Nationality Indian
Religion Hindu
Siblings Snehasish Ganguly

Early Life/Pre-Career of Sourav Ganguly(1972-1989)

He was born as Sourav Chandidas Ganguly on the 8th of July, 1972, in the city of Calcutta. His parents are Chandidas and Nirupa Ganguly. He was born into a rich and high class family thanks to the successful print business of his father, Chandidas, who at the time was named on of the richest men in Calcutta. In fact, his wealthy upbringing earned him the childhood nickname “Maharaja”.

During his childhood, Ganguly was drawn more to football than he was to cricket, as football was the most popular sport in Calcutta at the time. However, his mother discouraged him from taking up sports seriously; she considered sports less important to his future than his academics. In fact, it was the support of his elder brother Snehasish Ganguly that initially got him into the sport of cricket. At the time, Snehasish was already playing for the Bengal cricket team. By the time Sourav had reached the tenth grade, Snehaishwas begging their father on the behalf of his younger brother to enroll Sourav in a summer coaching camp for cricket. Finally, under pressure from the successful elder brother Snehasish, his father accepted.

Ganguly is naturally right-handed, but forced himself to learn how to bat with his left hand so that he could use Snehasish’s equipment to practice. Practicing in his free time showed his father that he had the drive, as well as the natural talent, and eventually he was allowed to join a cricket Academy.

An impressive turn at school cricket—most noticeably his scoring of a century during an Under-15 game, earned him the captaincy of the St Xavier’s School cricket team. Here he began to earn a reputation as a promising player, but with a personality that left something to be desired. His teammates allegedly held grudges against him for what they viewed as “arrogant” and “dismissive” behavior towards those whom he allegedly felt were “beneath him”.

Despite this, his gameplay eventually earned him a debut for first-class national cricket in 1989. This, ironically, happened in the same year that his elder brother Snehasish was dismissed from the Bengal team.

Domestic Career and ODI Debut (1990-1995):

Ganguly spent the first year of his professional cricket career playing domestic cricket, and finished a promising Ranji series with whispers of an International series debut to follow. He did not disappoint, with his official ODI debut for India following in 1992.

He scored three runs in his debut, a solid games against the West Indies. However, his personality was again called into question with complaints of arrogance and bad attitude. Although Ganguly has continuously denied all accusations, it was this bad publicity that led to him being abruptly dropped from the ODI team immediately following his debut.

To work his way back up the ladder, Ganguly spent the next few seasons back in domestic series. His enthusiastic and heavy-scoring gameplay during the ‘93-‘94 and ’94-’95 Ranji Trophy series finally earned him a second chance at International cricket.

Test Debut Against England (1996):

He was brought back onto the India team for their 1996 England tour. Here he made his Test debut, earning him daily appearances in the tabloids and newspapers. His Test debut was in the Second Test of the three-match series against England. Despite England winning the First Test, Ganguly helped India back to its feet with a century. At the time was only the third cricketer in history to score a century on debut at Lord’s Cricket Ground. His score was 131, bringing the match to a draw.

He followed this incredible feat with another century at Trent Bridge the following match. His score was 136, against gaining him a record as the third cricketer in history to score a century in his first two innings.

Maiden ODI Century (1997):

1997 proved to be a great year for Ganguly: later that year, he managed to bag four consecutive Man of the Match awards for exceptional gameplay in the Sahara Cup and an ODI match where he exhibited his best-ever ODI bowling.

His Test form sagged during the beginning of the year, but he made up for it towards the end of 1997, closing with three centuries in four Test matches.

World Cup Appearance (1999):

Ganguly played for India for the 1999 World Cup in England. Here he again made history: he scored 183 from 158 balls during a match against Sri Lanka. Out of these, he hit 17 fours and 7 sixes. This was the second highest score in the history of the World Cup, and highest by an Indian player.

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Captaincy and Controversy (2000-2005):

The Indian team saw a huge shakeup in 2000 after a few players were proven guilty of match fixing. The scandal caused some upheaval in the team, and by the end, Ganguly emerged as the new team captain after spending some time as a vice captain. He hit the ground running in his new leadership role. In 2000, he led the team to a One Day series win against South Africa; in the following ICC KnockOut Trophy series, he scored two centuries and led the India team to the finals.

In a brief period during this time, Ganguly attempted a try at county cricket in England, but did not find much success.

Despite some amazing career successes, Ganguly still struggled with negative press from the media. He continued to receive critiscism as arrogant, even given the nickname “Lord Snooty” by two prominent British cricket reviewers. He continued to deny all allegations. He again stirred up controversy during Australia’s tour of India in 2001, where he arrived late for the toss on four separate occasions and showed up without proper playing attire at another.

The negative press continued after the final game of the 2002 NatWest Series. To celebrate a jaw-dropping performance by his teammates that led to a match win, Ganguly removed his shirt and flung it about over his head. This led to severe condemnation for “tarnishing a gentleman’s game”.

Despite such controversial actions, under his leadership India reached the finals in the 2003 World Cup for the first time in 30 years, although they ended up losing to Australia. By the following year he was widely considered as on of the best captains in the Indian team’s history. He suffered from a drop in form during his captaincy, however, and his attitude and personality continued to produce problems. Eventually he lost his place on the team in late 2005.

It was rumored that he would retire, but Ganguly surprised the cricket world by attempting a comeback.

Comeback Career and Retirement(2006-Present Day):

Ganguly made a comeback to the Test stage in 2006, following an embarrassing performance by the India Team at the 2006 ICC Champions Trophy, and an ODI series in South Africa. During a following tour match against South Africa, he scored 83 with a new batting style, securing a win for India. He ended the series as the leading run-scorer for the team, despite India ultimately losing the series.

His Test comeback thus proved successful, paving the way for his ODI comeback as India hosted the West Indies and Sri Lanka. He scored a 98 in the first match, resulting in a win for India, and averaged 70 over both series. He also won Man of the Series, securing his comeback to ODI. This also gained him a spot on the 2007 World Cup team, where he was a top scorer. In December, Ganguly scored a career first with a maiden double century against Pakistan. He finished up the year with 1106 Test runs as second highest run-scorer, and 1240 ODIs runs as fifth highest run-scorer.

He continued to find success on the International cricket platform until October of 2008, when he announced that the Test series against Australia would be his final International appearance.

He then signed on as captain of the Kolkata Knight Riders in the Indian Premier League (IPL), where he played for the rest of his cricket career until his retirement in October of 2012.

Personal Life

Ganguly married his childhood sweetheart Dona Roy to some familial controversy, as at the time of the marriage the two families were “sworn archenemies”. Thankfully, they managed to reconcile their differences for the newlyweds.
In 1999, the media began circulating rumors of an alleged affair with actress Nagma. Both Nagma and Ganguly denied accusations of the romantic affair at the time, but two years later in an interview Nagma confessed the rumours to be based in truth. Today, Ganguly remains married to Dona.

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