Former India captain Sourav Ganguly turned 44 today.
Ganguly known as ‘Dada’ in every sense of the word, introduced Dadagiri to Indian cricket and taught his players the art of giving it back as hard as they get it. The generation of Harbhajan Singh, Yuvraj Singh and Zaheer Khan have all fought fire with fire since being thrown at the forefront of a fight by Ganguly. received plenty of wishes from cricketers along with other famous personalities on Twitter on his 44th birthday.
A well known cricketer, Virender Sehwag wished him in his own style on Twitter through his account.
“He wanted Ganguly to help India wave the flag high just like he waved his shirt at Lord’s on July 13, 2002,” Sehwag said.
Sehwag tweeted ,”HappyBirthdayDada @SGanguly99. May you keep on helping India wave our flag high,just like u waved your shirt at Lords.”
“Ganguly sacrificed his opening spot for me, he loved me and had confidence in me. So, thank you Sourav, I am grateful to you. You saw me as a Test player. Had I not played in Tests, I would not have scored these so many runs,” Sehwag said.
Some Facts about him:
1. Sourav’s parents gave him the nickname ‘Maharaj’ meaning ‘prince’. Perhaps they knew their son was born to lead. Later, Goeffrey Boycott fondly gave Sourav the nickname ‘The Prince of Calcutta’.
2. Sourav’s father, Chandidas Ganguly, runs a flourishing printing business, the 3rd largest in Asia, and the Ganguly’s are one of the richest families in the ‘City of Joy’. Sourav’s joint family home in Behala, a suburb in Southern Calcutta, has nearly 30 residing members with more than 45 rooms. Phew, talk about affluence!
3. Sourav is right handed – he writes right handed, bowls right handed, and basically does each and everything under the sun with his right hand! But because his brother Snehashish was left-handed, Sourav held the bat left-handed so that he could then use his elder brother’s kit.
4. Sourav was a huge football fan in his childhood(he still is!), and football was actually his first love! But due to Snehashish’s insistence, Sourav was enrolled into a cricket academy during his class 10 holidays. And thus one of India’s greatest cricketers began their journey.
5. Sourav replaced his elder brother Snehashish in the Bengal Ranji Trophy team. How ironical indeed!
6. Sourav made his debut against West Indies at Brisbane in 1992, but was consequently dropped from the side because of his rumored ‘ attitude’ problems. It is said that Sourav refused to carry drinks onto the field for a senior cricketer, which he has continuously denied till date.
7. Sourav got an opportunity in the second test at Lords against England in 1996 after Navjot Singh Sidhu departeded from the touring party, citing ill-treatment by the then captain Mohammed Azharuddin.
8. Sourav eloped with childhoot sweetheat Dona after the successful tour of England. All hell had broken loose, but the two families reconciled and a formal wedding took place on February 21, 1997.
9. Sourav is a deeply religious person and observes a fast every Tuesday. Yes, every tuesday!
10. There is an apartment complex in Calcutta, India which is named after Sourav. It is called the ‘Sourav Housing Complex’. Calcutta really knows how to respect their icons!