SOURAV GANGULY- The God of Offside


The legend was born on 8 July 1972. The journey from ‘maharaja’ to ‘dada’ includes a lot of emotional chapters. Don’t tell me that you don’t know what I am talking about! Sourav Ganguly belongs to one of the richest families of Kolkata in those days. He was called ‘maharaja’. The youngest son of Chandidas, a born businessman found interest in cricket. Although Sourav’s elder brother supported him to pursue his career in this field as he was playing for the Bengal Cricket team at that time.

Sourav Ganguly was studying in 10th standard then. He despite being right-handed chose to be a left-handed batsman. The reason behind this is to share the same equipment as his brother. His inbuilt talent soon made him the captain of St, Xavier School’s cricket team. In 1989 he made his first-ever professional cricket match debut for Bengal.

Ganguly’s actual career started after he played the Ranji season from 1990-91. In 1992 he made his national debut in a One day match (ODI) against the West Indies. Unfortunately, he scored only three runs. This performance cost him a rumour that calls him “arrogant” and also “incapable”. He was sent back from the national team.

Sourav Ganguly proved himself and his worth when he aced the Ranji seasons from 1994-1995. An outstanding inning of 171 in late 1995-96, Duleep Trophy. This new player came into the spotlight for the first time when he played against England as a player of the India team. In this test match, Ganguly scored a century and ranked himself the third cricketer to make an outstanding debut in the Lord’s Cricket Ground.

A boy who was sent back from the National team for his bad performance became the captain of that National team. Today the whole world consider him to be one of the greatest and the most successful cricketer of all time. He is given the title of “God of the offside”. At present Sourav Ganguly is the president of the Board of Control for Cricket in India. He never gave up. He fought against everyone to prove himself right and look at where he is standing now.

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