THROWBACK: Dadagiri Moments Of Sourav Ganguly That Are Unforgettable

Promita Mukherjee

October 1, 2019


1 min

When He Took BCCI On


What is the first thing that comes to your mind when we say Sourav Ganguly? Dada? Yes. The waving of his shirt at Lord’s Cricket Ground? Yes. Behala? Yes. The altercation with ex Indian team coach Greg Chappell? Yes. India’s best captain? Yes. But over and above, it’s Sourav’s attitude that makes him so popular. He’s never afraid to take things head on. And his sense of sarcasm and wit. All his interviews, commentary and even social media handles are testimony to that. But nowhere is his sense of humour more evident than on the popular Bangla TV show Dadagiri Unlimited.

There’s a reason why Sourav is still the most popular captain. He always bats for his team. So recently, when legendary ex-Indian cricketer Rahul Dravid got a ‘Conflict of Interest’ notice from BCCI, Sourav didn’t hesitate to tweet in support of Jammy. He wrote: “New fashion in indian cricket…..conflict of interest….Best way to remain in news…god help Indian cricket……Dravid Gets Conflict of Interest Notice from BCCI Ethics Officer”.

The Waiting Game


One of the most-talked about moments of cricket. During the first test of the 2001 Border-Gavaskar Trophy match, Dada intentionally made Australian skipper Steve Waugh wait for the toss, conveying the message that Aussies were no masters of the game.

The Lord’s Balcony


This moment will remain etched in the memories of cricket fans forever. July 13, 2002 was a historic day in this regard. India was playing England at the Natwest final, and the hosts piled up a target of 326. Team India chased down the massive total and won the match, prompting Dada to remove his shirt and wave it from the Lord’s balcony in an iconic Dadagiri moment.

Not So Arrogant


Initially, it was believed that Maharaj – as Sourav is called at home – was arrogant. To which, Sourav famously replied: “Some people have called me arrogant or believe that is my reputation, which is far from what I really am like.” When you watch him host Dadagiri, you will believe this too, as well.

Batting For His Team


During the tour to Australia in 2003-04, spinner Anil Kumble was almost dropped, but the captain that he is, Sourav fought for his teammate all along. The selectors wanted to pick Murali Kartik, saying Kumble doesn’t take wickets outside India. But Dada fought for him and refused to go Down Under without Kumble, despite the selectors threatening to choose a new captain if Kumble fails. The meeting went on till 2 a.m. Kumble was ultimately picked and became the highest wicket taker of the series.

The Witty Repartee


During commentary, when former England captain Nasser Hussain asked Sourav when India would play the Fifa World Cup, Sourav replied, saying: If India had played football for 50 years, then we would have qualified for the finals at least once.” That’s really badass.

When Oz Disappointed


During the India and England tri-series a Perth in January 2015, there were only 7,653 people at the stands. When Sunil Gavaskar was impressed by it, Sourav famously said: “The attendance today is 7,653. We have that attendance in Durga Puja.” That’s right!

Eden Is His


When Team India coach and commentator Ravi Shastri asked Dada whether there should be a Sourav Ganguly stand at Eden Gardens, guess what he said? “The entire stadium belongs to me Ravi”. Is he right or is he right?

No Such Mauka


When commentator Harsha Bhogle asked Dada whether he had seen the new Mauka Mauka ad, Sourav replied, saying: “Yes I have seen that ad and this ad will remain the same for the next 10 to 12 years because Pakistan will never beat India in the World Cup.” Dadagiri, at its best, isn’t it?

The Super Comeback


Setbacks are a part of life. And who better than the Prince of Calcutta to demonstrate that if you have the will, you can overcome every obstacle? When he got dropped from Team India in 2006, it was assumed that his career is over. But Dada kept proving himself in domestic cricket and returned to Team India in 2007. He scored 1,106 runs with an average of 61.44. Easily one of the best comebacks?

Do you have any more Dadagiri moments? Share them with us in the comments below. Meanwhile, watch Season 8 of Dadagiri Unlimited, on ZEE5.

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