Sourav Ganguly was born in a Bengali Hindu Brahmin family and is the youngest son of Chandidas and Nirupa Ganguly.
Sourav Ganguly's father Chandidas ran a flourishing print business and was one of the richest men in the city.
Sourav 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 Sourav's mother Nirupa was not very supportive of Ganguly taking up cricket or any other sport as a career.
By then, Sourav's elder brother Snehasish was already an established cricketer for the Bengal cricket team.
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.
Despite being right-handed, Ganguly learnt to bat left-handed so he could use his brother's sporting equipment.