Happy Birthday Sourav Ganguly: Seven lesser-known facts about ‘Dada’ that you need to know

Happy Birthday Sourav Ganguly: Ganguly holds the record of most centuries as a captain in a single edition of World Cup. In 2003 World Cup, he hit three centuries.

New Delhi | Jagran Sports Desk: Former Indian captain Sourav Ganguly, popularly known as ‘Dada’ among his fans is celebrating his 48th birthday today. Dada, who is currently serving as the President of Board of Cricket Council in India (BCCI), is regarded as one of the best Indian captains.

Under Ganguly, several match-winners like Yuvraj Singh, Zaheer Khan, Harbhajan Singh, Ashish Nehra, Virendra Sehwag made their debuts for India.

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  1. Besides cricket, Sourav Ganguly is also a huge football fan and wanted to represent India as a footballer. However, his brother Snehashish insisted him to play cricket.
  2. Sourav Ganguly scored 131 runs on his debut at Lord’s in 1996 which is the highest score by any international player on debut at the iconic stadium.
  3. With his 111 against Kenya at the 2003 World Cup semi-final, Ganguly became the first Indian to score a century in a World Cup knockout match.
  4. Sourav’s parents gave him the nickname “Maharaj” when he was a kid. Years later, former English cricketer, Geoffrey Boycott nicknamed him “The Prince of Calcutta”.
  5. Ganguly holds the record of most centuries as a captain in a single edition of World Cup. In 2003 World Cup, he hit three centuries.
  6. Ganguly eloped with childhood sweetheart Dona Roy. However, their families have sworn enemies at that time but they reconciled later and the two married each other in February 1997.
  7. As a left-hander, Ganguly has scored the most runs for India in both Tests and ODIs. The iconic left-handed batsman scored 7,212 runs and 11,221 in Tests and ODIs respectively.