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Author, Investor, Commentator: The Many Shades Of Cricket Legend Sourav Ganguly

Happy Birthday, Dada
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Happy Birthday, Dada

'Prince of Kolkata' and 'God of off-side' are just phrases that try to define the legend that Sourav Ganguly is. Fondly known as 'Dada', Ganguly is considered as one of the greatest captains in the history of Indian cricket.

An incredibly-gifted player, Ganguly's 16-year cricketing career boasts of 311 ODIs where he scored 11,363 runs. The man who stands as the third-highest run-scorer for India in ODIs, has 22 centuries and 72 half-centuries in his name, in the limited-overs format.

The former skipper, who hung his boots from the game in 2008, has groomed several of India's finest players including Mahendra Singh Dhoni, Yuvraj Singh, Harbhajan Singh and Virender Sehwag.

After quitting the game 11 years ago, Dada went on to make his mark in other fields of life. Today, as the legend of Indian cricket turns 47, here's a peek at what Dada did after retiring from all forms of cricket.

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When Dada Turned Host For A Show
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When Dada Turned Host For A Show

In October 2009, Ganguly was roped in as host of a Bengali quiz show named 'Dadagiri Unlimited'. It featured participants from 19 districts of Bengal who were required to answer questions posed by the host.

In 2009, actor Shah Rukh Khan also made a guest appearance on the show. Dada continues to host the game even today.

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The King Of Commentary
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The King Of Commentary

Ganguly's shift from the pitch to the commentary box turned out to be a positive one for his fans. Deemed as one of the most-frank commentators ever, Ganguly is one who never thinks twice before making witty remarks about the audience, his former competitors and even the men in blue.

Once during a match against Australia, when the stadium didn't have too many Australians in the stands, Ganguly trolled them by saying that he witnesses far more people at Durga Puja each year.

In this year's World Cup, Dada joined Harsha Bhogle and Sanjay Manjrekar in ICC's panel of commentators.

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Ganguly, The Investor
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Ganguly, The Investor

In 2017, Ganguly plunged into the start-up world as an investor. An entertainment company named FlickTree gained encouragement from Dada who deemed it as a platform which could change the way videos are consumed. Along with Venture Catalysts, Aditya Group of Kolkata and Moksh Sports Ventures, Ganguly provided a seed fund of Rs 3 crore to the start-up.

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Me, In My Words
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Me, In My Words

In 2018, Ganguly turned his focus to literature and penned his autobiography titled 'A Century is Not Enough: My Roller-coaster Ride to Success'. The memoir includes details about Ganguly's cricketing career in phases, from national events to international tournaments, and his stint with the Indian Premier League.

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