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Sourav Ganguly

Full name: Sourav Chandidas Ganguly Born: 8 July 1972, Nickname: The Prince of Calcutta, The Maharaja, Dada, The Warrior Prince

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Sourav Ganguly

Sourav Chandidas Ganguly is a former Indian cricketer, and captain of the Indian national team. 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.

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He is the 5th highest run scorer in One Day Internationals (ODIs) and was the 3rd person in history to cross the 10,000 run landmark. Wisden ranked him the sixth greatest one day international batsman of all time.

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Ganguly is a left-handed batsman whose runs came primarily from the off-side. Ganguly played off-side shots such as the square cut, square drive and cover drive with complete command. He used to hit powerful shots to the off-side on front and back foot with equal ease. However, early in his career he was not comfortable with the hook and pull, often giving his wicket away with mistiming such shots. After his comeback in 2007, he worked upon these weaknesses to a large extent.

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Dona and Sourav were childhood sweethearts and in class XII, things started heating up. But by then, things had soured between their families and neither could approach their parents formally about their relationship. After Sourav's first tour of England, the couple eloped and like any masala potboiler with a happy ending, their families reconciled, and they had a formal wedding ceremony in February 1997.

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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.

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After a series of playing in different Indian domestic tournaments such as the Ranji and Duleep trophies, Ganguly got his big-break while playing for India on their tour of England. He scored 131 runs and cemented his place in the Indian team. In the 1999 Cricket World Cup, he was involved in a partnership of 318 runs with Rahul Dravid, which remains the highest overall partnership score in the World Cup tournament history.

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Sourav Ganguly

Due to the match-fixing scandals in 2000 by other players of the team, and for his poor health, Indian captain Sachin Tendulkar resigned his position, and Ganguly was made the captain of the Indian cricket team. He led India into the 2003 World Cup final, where they were defeated by Australia. Due to a decrease in individual performance, he was dropped from the team in the following year.

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Ganguly was awarded the Padma Shri in 2004, one of India's highest civilian awards. He returned to the National team in 2006, and made successful batting displays. He was selected to play in the 2007 Cricket World Cup.

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Ganguly joined the Kolkata Knight Riders team as captain for the Indian Premier League Twenty20 cricket tournament in 2008.

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In 2008, after a home Test series against Australia, he announced his retirement from international cricket. He continued to play for the Bengal team and was appointed the chairman of the Cricket Association of Bengal's Cricket Development Committee.

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The left-handed Ganguly was a prolific One Day International (ODI) batsman, with over 11,000 ODI runs to his credit. He is one of the most successful Indian Test captains to date, winning 21 out of 49 test matches. An aggressive captain, Ganguly is credited with having nurtured the careers of many young players who played under him, and transforming the Indian team into an aggressive fighting unit.

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