Sourav Ganguly retires, receives threat to kidnap daughter

Ex Indian Cricket captain, Sourav Chandidas Ganguly aka Dada announced his retirement from test cricket in a press conference in Bangalore today. In the conference he also said that he has received a threat to kidnap his daughter Sana. He will retire after the upcoming 4 match test series against Australia.

“Yes it’s true, but it would be better if we don’t discuss it here,” : Ganguly on being asked a question about his daughter during the press conference.

Ganguly with daughter Sana
Ganguly with daughter Sana

The kidnappers have asked for 2 crore rupees as ransom.

Two letters addressed to Sourav Ganguly’s wife, Dona, were sent by post to their residence. The first one came a month ago, and the second 10 days ago,” Bhupindar Singh, from the criminal investigation dept. was quoted as saying to the Press Trust of India.

Coming back to cricket, here’s dada’s test cricket at a glance:

  • Ganguly captained India in 49 Test cricket matches (a record)
  • India won 21 tests under his captaincy (again a record)
  • Ganguly’s test average never dropped below 40.
Saurav Ganguly playing one of his favourite shots for six.
Saurav Ganguly playing one of his favourite shots for six.

Sourav Ganguly’s test career as a bowler:

Mat Inns Overs Mdns Runs Wkts BBI BBM Ave Econ SR

109 99 519.3 110 1681 32 3/28 3/37 52.53 3.23 97.4

Sourav Ganguly’s test career as a batsman:

Mat Inns NO Runs HS Ave BF SR 100 50 0 4s 6s
109 180 15 6888 239 41.74 13410 51.36 15 34 12 873 55

He has been one of my favourite players and I wish him good luck after his retirement. I remember times when our Indian team used to be a group of gentlemen (being polite) against Aussies or Pakistani teams, who were very aggressive. I wished someone in the Indian team would come and give decent replies to these blokes. And then came Ganguly in 1996 (although he debuted in 1992, he started playing more regularly 1996 onwards). We love you dada!