Sourav Ganguly once became a "Sardar" to attend Durga Puja
Having donned several hats as a cricketer, a captain, and an administrator, Sourav Ganguly in his new memoir "A Century Is Not Enough" describes how he once disguised as a "Sardar" to attend Durga Puja in Kolkata. He is set to launch the book this month, he revealed few excerpts from it on Twitter, where he shared the incident. Here's more on the book.
Excerpt from the book
Like a typical Bengali, Sourav Ganguly loves Durga Puja. Recalling an incident from his captaincy days, where he attended the "bisharjon" (immersion of the idol), Ganguly wrote, "I decided to go as one of Harbhajan's tribe. Yes, disguised as a Sardarji. Now I could have been mobbed big time...But the thrill (of the experience)... was just too irresistible."
On his decision to quit
Angry after being left out from 'Rest-of-India' squad for 2008 Irani Trophy, Ganguly was selected for first two Test matches of Australian series. However, he was also included in Board President's team. He took this as a message that he was on a trial, yet again. This was the moment he decided to quit. "I had had enough," he writes.
"Did not cry over retirement decision"
In the preview of his book, Ganguly went on to reveal that he did not cry after announcing his retirement in 2008. He writes, "I did not even cry at my father's death. Most of you won't believe me...But some of you will be nodding your head in agreement. You know my type...We look tough on the outside, but inside we bleed."
Ganguly's career in numbers
Sourav Ganguly, in his international cricket career that lasted from 1992 to 2008, was part of 113 Tests where he amassed 7,212 runs, and played 311 ODIs with a total 11,363 runs. This includes 38 tons and 107 fifties.