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.
After he showed some promise as a batsman, Sourav was enrolled in a cricket academy.
An indoor multi-gym and concrete wicket was built at their home, so Sourav and elder brother Snehasish could practice the game.
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.
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.
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.
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 was dropped immediately since he was perceived to be "arrogant" and his attitude towards the game was openly questioned.
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.
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.
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.