Saurav ganguly - ,1973 inCalcutta,theCityofJoy,nowKolkata. family and was the second of two sons born to Chandidas and Nirupa Ganguly., wi

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Sourav Chandidas Ganguly made his entry into this world on July 08, 1973  in Calcutta, the ‘City of Joy’, now Kolkata. He was born into a sports loving  family and was the second of two sons born to Chandidas and Nirupa  Ganguly. He was born into immense wealth, unlike many Indian cricketers,  with   the   exception   of   royalty.   His   parents   gave   him   the   nickname   of  ‘Maharaj’ meaning ‘Prince’. Perhaps, they knew that their son was born to  lead.  Sourav’s father, Chandidas Ganguly runs a flourishing printing business,  the 3rd largest in Asia, that has helped make the Gangulys among the 5  richest in Kolkata.  Even  today, Dada's father is one of the major barons in the printing business in Kolkata. His palatial, joint-family home which has nearly 30  members in the Kolkata suburb of Behala has more than 45 rooms. There is suggestion of affluence everything in the  Ganaguly household, from the palatial 4-storey building itself to the beautifully decorated rooms. The annual turnover of  Sourav's family is nearly 80 crores, with just a profit of 40 crores! As a child, Sourav was extremely mischievous, a typical Cancerian one could say.  His brother Snehashish (nicknamed  Raj) was born five years before him and became an accomplished left handed batsman. Though Sourav is a natural right  hander, he learned to bat with his left hand from his brother, Snehashish. Sourav does everything else, including writing  and bowling with his right hand.  Convenience was one of the reasons for Sourav to become a left-handed batsman as he  could then use his brother's cricket gear. For someone who is one of the best cricketers of contemporary times, it would come as a surprise to many of Sourav’s  fans that cricket was not his first love. Like all people who dwell in the city of Kolkata, Sourav’s first sporting passion was  football. But like most Indian kids, he had to make the difficult choice between academics and sport and his mother wasn’t  very supportive of Sourav taking up cricket or any sport as a career. But Snehashish, who was an established cricketer for  Bengal only strengthened his brother’s resolve to be a cricketer and he asked his father to get Sourav enrolled in a cricket  coaching camp during Sourav's class ten holidays. For a young man who used his brother's cricket gear during practice, it was indeed ironical that he replaced his brother in  the Bengal cricket team and consequently, Snehashish was dropped. And thus, Sourav began a glorious cricketing  career. Sourav made his debut in international cricket way back in 1992 during a 
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This note was uploaded on 03/21/2010 for the course KNOWLEDGE 5654 taught by Professor Mr.david during the Spring '10 term at IESE Business School.

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