MAHARAJ

An Bengali guy lead most successful team, team India and his name is Sourav Chandidas Ganguly or Sourav Gangopadhyay affectionately known as DADA. He is popularly honoured as “MAHARAJ” of Indian Cricket. During his playing career, Ganguly established himself as one of the world’s leading batsmen and also one of the most successful captains of the Indian national cricket team. While batting, he was especially prolific through the off side, earning himself the nickname God of the Off Side for his elegant stroke play square of the wicket and through the covers.

Early And Personal Life:

Sourav Ganguly was born on 8 July 1972 in calcutta, and is the youngest son of Chandidas and Nirupa Ganguly. Chandidas ran a flourishing print business and was one of the richest men in the city. Ganguly had a luxurious childhood and was nicknamed the ‘Maharaja’, meaning the ‘Great King’. Ganguly’s father Chandidas Ganguly died at the age of 73 on 21 February 2013 after a long illness. Inspite of being right handed batsman, he become e left handed because he can use the kit of his brother. Showing some potential in batsman Sourav joined a cricket academy. He became the “Princess of Kolkata”. Some people called his “Bengal Tiger” due to his place of birth and partially due to the way he would pounce on the ball.

Cricket Career:

In 1991, Sourav Ganguly made a disastrous debut during the India tour of Australia and to add to it the media printed some articles alleging that he had, ‘attitude problems’. Sourav refuted these allegations but after that first one day with Australia that marked his debut he was forgotten for four years. It seemed like his career as an international cricketer had ended even before it took off. He continued to play domestic cricket and in 1996 earned a place in the Indian side touring England. Ganguly’s cricket career divided into two parts, one is pre 2003 and next one is post 2003. Ganguly made a destructive innings of 183 runs against Sri Lanka in the World Cup 1999. Ganguly was considered as a best Captain of Indian team. As captain of Indian team Ganguly led India in 49 test matches, winning 21 of those, including 12 that were played outside India. His careers biggest victory came when he captained the Indian side to a victory over Steve Waugh’s Australia in the 2001 Border-Gavaskar trophy.

Sourav Ganguly was a captain that the boys could count on. He was fearless, and intelligent enough to battle brains with the world’s best. During the final match of the 2002 NatWest Trophy held in Lords, after a brilliant performance by his teammates, Sourav took off his shirt in public and brandished it in the air to celebrate India’s winning the match. He was condemned for disrespecting Lords protocol but he earned brownie points nonetheless with the Indian fans.

Although Sachin and Sourav made a world best opening partnership but he pushed himself down to promote Sehwag in batting order. His falling individual statistics falling down and his controversies with Greg Chappell led him to be dropped from the team in October 2005.

Sourav Ganguly has risen like the Phoenix from the ashes. He has accumulated 1000 runs in the past year. His performance in the 2007, India vs. Pakistan test series has been simply brilliant. Here is a man who can reinvent himself after two decades at the age of thirty five; surely he deserves all praise and accolades.

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