Updated: 1 June 2022
Commonly known as ‘Dada’, Sourav Ganguly is a former Indian captain, a commentator, and is the President of BCCI. During his times, he was a ferocious captain and was one of those who changed the way people look at Indian Cricket. With the willow, he was known for playing elegant shots through the off side especially.
He was named as ‘God of Off Side’ for his elegant stroke play through the covers. As a captain, Ganguly took Indian cricket through various heights. Ganguly is to date the most successful Indian captain in tests with 11 overseas wins.
Sourav Ganguly Age – 8 July 1972
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Sourav Ganguly’s Career As a Player
Ganguly started playing for state and school teams after his elder brother introduced him to the sport. He soon started playing in domestic tournaments like Ranji Trophy and Duleep Trophy. Ganguly was picked up in the Indian team for their tour to England.
He cemented his place in the team by scoring 131 runs. During the 1999 ODI World Cup, he was involved in a 318-run partnership with Rahul Dravid which remains to be the highest to date in an ICC event. In 2000, he was named the captain of the team.
Many remember him for taking off his shirt in the final game of the NatWest series. He led team India to the finals of the 2003 ICC ODI World Cup. Following his misunderstandings with coach Greg Chappell, Ganguly was dropped from the Indian team.
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Currently, Ganguly is the 8th highest scorer in ODIs and was the 3rd batsman in the World to cross the 10,000 runs landmark after Sachin Tendulkar and Inzamam Ul Haq.
Sourav Ganguly Stats
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Sourav Ganguly As A Administrator
Post his retirement from international cricket, Ganguly was elected as the President of the Cricket Association of Bengal (CAB). Ganguly was appointed unanimously after Jagmohan Dalmiya passed away. During this time West Bengal’s Chief Minister Mamta Banerjee asked Ganguly to host a Television Reality Show Egiye Bangla. This was the first time that a business reality show was encouraged by the Government of Bengal.
Later in 2019 during BCCI’s Annual General Committee Meeting, Ganguly was asked to choose between commentary and Technical Committee job. Ganguly chose the latter and was elected as the President of the Board of Control for Cricket in India (BCCI).
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In 2014 Ganguly along with Sanjiv Goenka, Harshvardhan Neotia, Utsav Parekh, and Spanish side Atletico De Madrid owned a football franchise in the Indian Super League ATK which won the inaugural season of the tournament.
Sourav Ganguly Net Worth – 370 – 400 crores
Sourav Ganguly Controversy
Ahead of the 2021 edition of the ICC T20 World Cup 2021 in UAE, Indian skipper Virat Kohli made it very clear that he does not wish to continue as the captain of the T20I side after the mega event. He stated the reason as workload issues. Kohli also stepped down as the captain of RCB in IPL. Ahead of the South Africa tour, the selectors decided to remove Kohli from the ODI captaincy as they did not want two white ball skippers.
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Eventually, Rohit Sharma was named as the limited-overs skipper with KL Rahul his deputy. Just before team India was about to fly to the Rainbow Nation, Virat Kohli in a press conference said that his decision to quit the T20 captaincy was taken in a very positive way by the BCCI officials. Kohli even added that he was not informed that the board did not want two limited-overs skippers which contradicted Sourav Ganguly’s statement.
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After Kohli’s statement, Sourav Ganguly decided not to speak on this matter and so he did not make any comments. Earlier, speaking with the ANI Ganguly said that he personally asked Kohli to not step down from the T20I captaincy but the 33-year-old did not pay heed to the BCCI President’s words.
This clearly depicts that someone is lying between the two. After the conclusion of the tour, Kohli decided to step down as a captain from the longest format of the game too.