A book unfolding former India captain Sourav Ganguly’s cricketing career was unveiled on April 28 in Kolkata.
It has been written by Satptarshi Sarkar, a die-hard fan of Sourav Ganguly and a digital marketing expert. The book “Sourav Ganguly: Cricket, Captaincy and Controversy” analyses the various aspects of Ganguly’s career as the batsman and as the captain of the Indian team. The book also highlights Ganguly’s infamous rift with former India coach Greg Chappell.
“It (the book) probes the symbiotic relationship between the man and the cricketer. I used to run a website called welovesourav.com where there would be interesting stories about ‘Dada’ (as Ganguly is affectionately called) and the people reading them would tell me to write a book, now I think I have enough material to compile one and so I did,” said Sarkar.
Ganguly’s childhood coach Ashok Mustafi from Dhukhiram coaching centre, former cricketer turned author Raju Mukherjee and ex-Bengal cricketer Gopal Basu were present at the book launch. However, the ‘Prince of Kolkata’ himself could not turn up at the event due to his other important commitments.
Sourav Ganguly played 113 Tests and 311 ODIs for India and scored a total of 18,575 international runs. He captained India in 49 Tests and 146 ODIs. Under him, the men in blue managed to reach the finals of the ICC World Cup 2003 even after having a pathetic tour of New Zealand, just before the tournament.