Sourav Ganguly was born on July 8 1972 in Kolkata, West Bengal, India. The stylish left-handed batsman made his debut for India in an ODI clash against West Indies in 1992.
Ganguly played in 311 ODIs and scored 11363 runs. Despite making his debut in 1992, Ganguly failed to cement his side in the team. It was only in the year 1996 when he played his first Test against England at Lord's that his best came out. Ganguly score 131 in 305 balls in the match, announcing his arrival in international cricket scene. Ganguly never looked back afterwards as he made one century after the other.
The Prince of Kolkata was named the captain of the Indian team in 2000s after the team was hit by the match-fixing scandal. Dada, as he is famously called by his fans and friends, had an uphill task ahead of him to rebuild the Indian team. As leader, he found young talents like Virender Sehwag, Yuvraj Singh, Harbhajan Singh and Zaheer Khan. All these four went on to break cricketing records in the future.
Ganguly was marreid to Dona, a professional dancer in what was fitting result of a love affair. The pair got blessed with a baby girl and Ganguly named her as Sana Ganguly.
Dada played his last international match in Nagpur in November 2008 in Nagpur. In his Test career spanning 113 Tests, he scored 7212 runs at a decent average of 42.17.