08 July 2012 :: Sourav Chandidas Ganguly was born 8th of July 1972 in Calcutta. He is a former Indian cricketer. Born into an affluent Brahmin family, Ganguly was introduced into the world of cricket by his elder brother Snehasish. He is regarded as one of India’s most successful captains in modern times. He started his career by playing in state and school teams.
Sourav Ganguly 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’. Since the favourite sport for the people of Calcutta was the game of football, Ganguly was initially attracted to the game. However, academics came in-between his love for sports and Nirupa was not very supportive of Ganguly taking up cricket or any other sport as a career. By then, his elder brother Snehasish was already an established cricketer for the Bengal cricket team. He supported Ganguly’s dream to be a cricketer and asked their father to get Ganguly enrolled in a cricket coaching camp during his summer holidays. Ganguly was studying in tenth grade at that time.
After his successful tour of England, Ganguly eloped with childhood sweetheart Dona Roy. The bride and groom’s family were sworn enemies at that point and this news caused an uproar between them. However, both families reconciled and a formal wedding was held in February 1997.
Full name Sourav Chandidas Ganguly
Born on 8th July 1972
Birth Place Behala, Calcutta, West Bengal, India
Nickname The Prince of Calcutta, The Maharaja, Dada, The Warrior Prince
Height 5 ft 11 in (1.80 m)
Batting style Left-handed
Bowling style Right arm medium
Relations Snehasish Ganguly (brother), Dona Ganguly (Wife)