Sourav Ganguly's journey
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Sourav Ganguly's journey

From his childhood to early days in cricket to some candid moments with wife and daughter and finally some shots with celebrities and politicians, Sourav Ganguly fans can't miss flipping through this album of some rare photos of the former captain of Indian cricket team. As the Prince of Calcutta turns 39, here's a look into his journey so far.
Monika Rawal7th Jul, 2016
Sourav Ganguly's journey

Sourav Ganguly's journey

Sourav Ganguly was born in a Bengali Hindu Brahmin family and is the youngest son of Chandidas and Nirupa Ganguly.

Sourav Ganguly's journey

Sourav Ganguly's journey

Sourav Ganguly's father Chandidas ran a flourishing print business and was one of the richest men in the city.

Sourav Ganguly's journey

Sourav Ganguly's journey

Sourav Ganguly had a luxurious childhood and was nicknamed the 'Maharaja', meaning the 'Great King'.

Sourav Ganguly's journey

Sourav Ganguly's journey

Since the favourite sport for the people of Calcutta was the game of football, Ganguly was initially attracted to the game.

Sourav Ganguly's journey

Sourav Ganguly's journey

However, academics came in-between his love for sports and Sourav's mother Nirupa was not very supportive of Ganguly taking up cricket or any other sport as a career.

Sourav Ganguly's journey

Sourav Ganguly's journey

By then, Sourav's elder brother Snehasish was already an established cricketer for the Bengal cricket team.

Sourav Ganguly's journey

Sourav Ganguly's journey

He supported Sourav 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.

Sourav Ganguly's journey

Sourav Ganguly's journey

Despite being right-handed, Ganguly learnt to bat left-handed so he could use his brother's sporting equipment.

Sourav Ganguly's journey

Sourav Ganguly's journey

After he showed some promise as a batsman, Sourav was enrolled in a cricket academy.

Sourav Ganguly's journey

Sourav Ganguly's journey

An indoor multi-gym and concrete wicket was built at their home, so Sourav and elder brother Snehasish could practice the game.

Sourav Ganguly's journey

Sourav Ganguly's journey

After Sourav scored a century against the Orissa Under-15 side, he was made captain of St Xavier's School's cricket team, where several of his teammates complained against what they perceived to be his arrogance.

Sourav Ganguly's journey

Sourav Ganguly's journey

While touring with a junior team, Ganguly refused his turn as the twelfth man, as he reportedly felt that the duties involved, which included organising equipment and drinks for the players, and delivering messages, were beneath his social status.

Sourav Ganguly's journey

Sourav Ganguly's journey

However, his playmanship gave him a chance to make his first-class cricket debut for Bengal in 1989, the same year that his brother was dropped from the team.

Sourav Ganguly's journey

Sourav Ganguly's journey

Following a prolific Ranji season in 1990-91, Ganguly scored three runs in his One Day International (ODI) debut for India against the West Indies in 1992.

Sourav Ganguly's journey

Sourav Ganguly's journey

Sourav was dropped immediately since he was perceived to be "arrogant" and his attitude towards the game was openly questioned.

Sourav Ganguly's journey

Sourav Ganguly's journey

It was rumoured that Ganguly refused to carry drinks for his teammates, commenting that it was not his job to do so, later denied by him.

Sourav Ganguly's journey

Sourav Ganguly's journey

Consequently, Sourav was removed from the Indian team. He toiled away in domestic cricket, scoring heavily in the 1993-94 and 1994-95 Ranji seasons.

Sourav Ganguly's journey

Sourav Ganguly's journey

Following an innings of 171 in the 1995-96 Duleep Trophy, Sourav was recalled to the National team for a tour of England in 1996, in the middle of intense media scrutiny.

Sourav Ganguly's journey

Sourav Ganguly's journey

Sourav played in a single ODI, but was omitted from the team for the first Test.

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