New Delhi: Sourav Ganguly, the Prince of Calcutta, is a name synonymous with Indian cricket. His journey from a young boy playing in the bylanes of Kolkata to becoming one of the most successful captains India has ever seen is an inspiration to millions. His aggressive style of play and leadership qualities transformed Indian cricket, making the team a force to be reckoned with on the world stage.

Early Life And Domestic Career

Born in Calcutta in 1972, Ganguly showed a keen interest in cricket from a young age. He honed his skills at the Mohun Bagan Club and soon made his first-class debut for Bengal in 1989. His elegant left-handed batting and ability to score quickly caught the attention of the selectors, and he was picked for the Indian team in 1992. .

International Debut And Initial Struggles

Ganguly’s international debut was against England at Lord’s in 1992. However, his initial years in international cricket were not smooth sailing. He was in and out of the team due to inconsistent performances. But Ganguly was a determined cricketer, and he worked hard to improve his game.

The Turning Point: The 1999 World Cup

The 1999 World Cup was a turning point in Ganguly’s career. He scored a magnificent century against Sri Lanka in the group stage, which announced his arrival on the big stage. He continued to bat well throughout the tournament, and India reached the final, where they eventually lost to Pakistan.

Captaincy And The Ganguly Era

After the World Cup, Ganguly was appointed captain of the Indian team in 2000. This marked the beginning of the “Ganguly era” in Indian cricket. Under his leadership, India won numerous matches and series, both at home and abroad. Ganguly’s aggressive approach to the game and his ability to motivate his teammates inspired a new generation of Indian cricketers.

Retirement And Beyond

Ganguly retired from international cricket in 2008. However, he has remained involved in the game as a commentator and administrator. He is currently the president of the Cricket Association of Bengal (CAB).

His hard work, determination, and leadership qualities have made him one of the greatest Indian cricketers of all time.