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Sourav Ganguly: From Prince Of Kolkata To King Of Indian Cricket

Sourav Ganguly, the former India captain, on Wednesday (October 23) took over as the BCCI's 39th president, becoming the biggest name to head the world's richest cricket board.

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Sourav Ganguly is the first former India cricketer in 65 years to head the BCCI.

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"On the off-side, first there is God, then Sourav Ganguly." - Rahul Dravid

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Ganguly grabbed the spotlight for his outrageous celebration after India chased down an improbable 326 against England in Natwest series final in 2002. A pumped up Ganguly let his emotions get the better of him by taking off his shirt and waving it at the Lord’s balcony.

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Ganguly led the IPL franchise Kolkata Knight Riders in the 2008 and 2010 seasons.

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Pavement artist Ramjan Hussain busy in giving final touches to the pencil sketch of Ganguly in Kolkata.

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Ganguly played for the now-defunct Pune Warriors India in 2011 and was named the captain of the franchise in 2012.

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Ganguly's career took an unexpected turn due to the infamous feud with Greg Chappell, who was appointed India’s coach in 2005. Ganguly's poor displays with the bat didn’t help his cause and he was eventually dropped from the team in October 2005 and was also sacked from captaincy. The entire episode had snowballed into a big controversy.

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Ganguly co-owns the ISL franchise ATK.

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Delhi Capitals roped in Ganguly in the capacity of an advisor for the 2019 IPL.

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During his tenure as the BCCI president, Ganguly will look to coordinate with old guard such as former President N Srinivasan and ex-Secretary Niranjan Shah, whose children are now part of the BCCI.

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