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Sourav Ganguly is a difficult icon. He is undoubtedly one of India's most successful captains, one who moulded a new team when India was at its lowest ebb, reeling from the betting scandal. There can be no argument about his cricketing genius, right from the time he scored a Test century at Lord's to the time he led India to the 2003 World Cup final. But the world of Sourav Ganguly is a difficult icon. He is undoubtedly one of India's most successful captains, one who moulded a new team when India was at its lowest ebb, reeling from the betting scandal. There can be no argument about his cricketing genius, right from the time he scored a Test century at Lord's to the time he led India to the 2003 World Cup final. But the world of cricketing fans is divided into those who adore him fiercely and despise him greatly. He could be arrogant on occasion: Ganguly allegedly refused to carry the drinks as a twelfth man. He constantly challenged authority. Greg Chappell discarded him from the team during his stint as coach. Ganguly cared little for convention: remember the bare-chested celebration at an Indian win? Yet, in all the years of his roller-coaster ride through Indian cricket, no one questioned the man's utter devotion to the game or his team. In this account of one of India's greatest cricketers, shot through with intimate details, Saptarshi Sarkar tackles controversies around the legendary cricketer head on. Racy and gripping, Sourav Ganguly: Cricket, Captaincy and Controversy investigates the big events in Dada's interesting career. It probes the symbiotic relationship between the man and the cricketer. What was Ganguly thinking before a match? Why did he demand that the grass be trimmed just before start of play at the Nagpur pitch? What was the Indian dressing room like? What was that Greg Chappell chapter all about? An unflinching biography of a man who never shied away from controversies, this is as much a ready reckoner for Sourav Ganguly fans as it is an examination of a crucial era in Indian cricket.


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Sourav Ganguly is a difficult icon. He is undoubtedly one of India's most successful captains, one who moulded a new team when India was at its lowest ebb, reeling from the betting scandal. There can be no argument about his cricketing genius, right from the time he scored a Test century at Lord's to the time he led India to the 2003 World Cup final. But the world of Sourav Ganguly is a difficult icon. He is undoubtedly one of India's most successful captains, one who moulded a new team when India was at its lowest ebb, reeling from the betting scandal. There can be no argument about his cricketing genius, right from the time he scored a Test century at Lord's to the time he led India to the 2003 World Cup final. But the world of cricketing fans is divided into those who adore him fiercely and despise him greatly. He could be arrogant on occasion: Ganguly allegedly refused to carry the drinks as a twelfth man. He constantly challenged authority. Greg Chappell discarded him from the team during his stint as coach. Ganguly cared little for convention: remember the bare-chested celebration at an Indian win? Yet, in all the years of his roller-coaster ride through Indian cricket, no one questioned the man's utter devotion to the game or his team. In this account of one of India's greatest cricketers, shot through with intimate details, Saptarshi Sarkar tackles controversies around the legendary cricketer head on. Racy and gripping, Sourav Ganguly: Cricket, Captaincy and Controversy investigates the big events in Dada's interesting career. It probes the symbiotic relationship between the man and the cricketer. What was Ganguly thinking before a match? Why did he demand that the grass be trimmed just before start of play at the Nagpur pitch? What was the Indian dressing room like? What was that Greg Chappell chapter all about? An unflinching biography of a man who never shied away from controversies, this is as much a ready reckoner for Sourav Ganguly fans as it is an examination of a crucial era in Indian cricket.

30 review for Sourav Ganguly: Cricket, Captaincy and Controversy

  1. 5 out of 5

    Pritha Sarkar

    Finally I'm done with the book Sourav Ganguly: Cricket, Captaincy and Controversy..First of all, I would like to congratulate the author, Mr. Saptarshi Sarkar on this wonderful gift to the cricket-lovers as well as Gangulians. The book is a overall nicely written,power-packed with a dose of information and statistics.The author has kept in mind the title of the book and maintained the connection with it as it mainly revolves round those three aspects. I liked the whole one, but some chapters such Finally I'm done with the book Sourav Ganguly: Cricket, Captaincy and Controversy..First of all, I would like to congratulate the author, Mr. Saptarshi Sarkar on this wonderful gift to the cricket-lovers as well as Gangulians. The book is a overall nicely written,power-packed with a dose of information and statistics.The author has kept in mind the title of the book and maintained the connection with it as it mainly revolves round those three aspects. I liked the whole one, but some chapters such as 'CAPTAIN SOURAV', 'LORD OF THE LEFT-HANDERS' need a special mention definitely as in these chapters the author has tried to prove his points in a positive and convincing manner by backing it with suitable information.Good job done... There are some positive and open-ended suggestions from my part..The photographs could have been inserted in a different manner, i.e, in between the chapters accordingly and sometimes the narrative could have been also a ligh-hearted and lucid one to make it an interesting,gripping read, like in between those statistics something ligh-hearted like a comic relief could have been inserted to hold the attention.. That's all..good luck!!! As I've read almost all the books on Sourav Ganguly available in the market,this one's gonna be among the favourites too.. This one definitely deserves appreciation as a first attempt by the author..keep going..already looking forward to the next one.

  2. 5 out of 5

    Sumit Singla

    Oh, what a cruel injustice to one of my favorite cricketers! Saptarshi Sarkar's book can be summed up in one line by saying, "If you don't wax eloquent in praise of Sourav Ganguly, you're anti-Ganguly." Mr. Sarkar does wax quite a bit, but his book can hardly be called 'eloquent'. It makes for choppy reading, with hackneyed phrases, too many exclamation marks, and a completely rose-tinted view of the iconic Sourav Ganguly. I consider myself a big fan of Sourav Ganguly, and his brand of arrogance. Oh, what a cruel injustice to one of my favorite cricketers! Saptarshi Sarkar's book can be summed up in one line by saying, "If you don't wax eloquent in praise of Sourav Ganguly, you're anti-Ganguly." Mr. Sarkar does wax quite a bit, but his book can hardly be called 'eloquent'. It makes for choppy reading, with hackneyed phrases, too many exclamation marks, and a completely rose-tinted view of the iconic Sourav Ganguly. I consider myself a big fan of Sourav Ganguly, and his brand of arrogance. There was a time when I used to watch recordings of Ganguly's batting in a mirror just so that I could see how exactly I could play the same shots as a right-hander. I followed (and still do) every media tidbit featuring Ganguly, grieved over every injustice to the man (perceived or real) and despite being an atheist, prayed whenever he was at the crease. Hence, I was understandably excited at picking up this book and reading about one of my favourite players ever. However, I was majorly disappointed. Some of the key issues with the book are: 1. Complete Lack of objectivity - Ganguly scores runs in a game, team doesn't - the team has let the great man down. Different game, someone else gets 5 wickets or a hundred - fine, BUT Ganguly took the most important wicket, no? Or he scored the vital runs, right? BAH!! 2. Undue criticism - Ravi Shastri is a bad man because he criticised Ganguly. Dilip Vengsarkar is a bad man because he dropped Ganguly. Harsha Bhogle is a bad man because he is politically correct. Dhoni is a bad man because he wanted younger players. Cricinfo is a bad website WHAAAATTT? 3. Poor writing - The book reeks of lazy writing. Too many exclamations (Yes, I've said that before but there are just far too many!), repetitive phrases (I remember counting a few repetitions of 'sight for sore eyes'), and incorrect grammar ('stripped off the captaincy' instead of 'stripped of') Not just that, the supposed controversies in Sourav's life aren't given due space or explanation. As a service to one of my favourite sporting icons, I'd be more than happy to edit this piece of tripe for free, only to see justice being done to Mr. Ganguly. However, editing isn't the only malaise this 'book' is suffering from. It is just a fanboy's rant against the world that refuses to see his hero through his eyes. If you're keen on reading this book, despite my urgent pleas to ignore it, let me know and I'll send you my copy. I'm even willing to pay for shipping (domestic or international!). Ideally, this should get 0 stars. However, 1 star only because some of the photos are nice!

  3. 5 out of 5

    Ranjan

    The book is awesome! What I liked most - it evaluates his career and journey in the annals of cricket history comparing him with the greats of the game once I read the Lord of the Left handers chapter, I came to know some of the great southpaws from the past with few comparative studies; I really liked the Gower vs Ganguly table. Likewise, when we read Ganguly in the context of Australia and Pakistan we come to know the past history of Australian cricket or Indo-Pak cricket relation. Kudos to The book is awesome! What I liked most - it evaluates his career and journey in the annals of cricket history comparing him with the greats of the game – once I read the Lord of the Left handers chapter, I came to know some of the great southpaws from the past with few comparative studies; I really liked the Gower vs Ganguly table. Likewise, when we read Ganguly in the context of Australia and Pakistan – we come to know the past history of Australian cricket or Indo-Pak cricket relation. Kudos to the author…looks like he has put quite a bit of effort! And the stat-tables are really good and quite unique..

  4. 5 out of 5

    Nithin K varrier

    Best book about Sourav Ganguly and Cricket

  5. 4 out of 5

    Nayan

    A recommended read for all die-hard Sourav Ganguly fans. Dada is undoubtedly one of India's most successful captains, one who moulded a new team when India was at its lowest ebb, reeling from the betting scandal. Racy and gripping, Sourav Ganguly: Cricket, Captaincy and Controversy investigates the big events in Dada's career. It probes the symbiotic relationship between the two different identities of Ganguly: the man and the cricketer. What was Ganguly thinking before a match? Why did he A recommended read for all die-hard Sourav Ganguly fans. Dada is undoubtedly one of India's most successful captains, one who moulded a new team when India was at its lowest ebb, reeling from the betting scandal. Racy and gripping, Sourav Ganguly: Cricket, Captaincy and Controversy investigates the big events in Dada's career. It probes the symbiotic relationship between the two different identities of Ganguly: the man and the cricketer. What was Ganguly thinking before a match? Why did he demand that the grass be trimmed just before start of play at Nagpur? What was the Indian dressing room like? What was that Greg Chappell chapter all about? This book tires to answer them all.

  6. 5 out of 5

    Rimpa Kargupta

    Sourav Ganguly: Cricket, Captaincy and Controversy it's an awesome book i ever read. I really very thankful to the author Saptarshi Sarkar for gv us an awesome book as a gift. For him We come to know more about "Dada", the most desirable human being Mr.Sourav Ganguly..... It's a mind-soothing experience to read the book... :-) :-) :-) <3

  7. 4 out of 5

    Dr Pranab

    This is easily a collector's item for not just fans of Ganguly but anyone who loves the beautiful game. Ganguly has been an enigma in the cricketing world, a man who inspired extreme emotions. We needed a book like this to help understand him better.

  8. 5 out of 5

    Dipti Ray

    The book is a good read. Unusually racy for a biography, the book never loses sight of objectivity in analysing Gangulys career. Kudos to author for balancing stats with storytelling.

  9. 5 out of 5

    Anurag Anil

    It will occupy the dumps when it comes to all the books which I've read, imparting a lesson to me that.. one should, always, steer oneself away from fanboys' accounts!

  10. 4 out of 5

    Rimjhim Ray

    Liked the fact and stat based approach to Ganguly's career. Helps dissect him objectively. Woven with skillful storytelling to make this book a winnet

  11. 4 out of 5

    Kowtham Kumar

    Way too many "If"s & "But"s used to portray Ganguly's career !!!

  12. 4 out of 5

    Deepak Juneja

    very poorly written, its plain copy - paste job. If one wants stats, google is always there, why read the book.

  13. 5 out of 5

    Kumar Prashant

    Its a very biased version by a fan masquerading as a neutral trying to repeat point after point using facts. Its banal, boring and becomes grating after a point. Author has good command over English though! Its a very biased version by a fan masquerading as a neutral trying to repeat point after point using facts. Its banal, boring and becomes grating after a point. Author has good command over English though!

  14. 5 out of 5

    Subir

    First of all I want to congratulate the author of this book Saptarshi Sarkar for giving us his insights on the one n only cricketing icon from the land of Bengal...Dada ( Sourav Ganguly)has been the torchbearer of Bengal as well Indian cricket in general...Without Dada this concept of Team India wouldn't have been reignited...Victim of board politics,jealousy n misunderstanding which contributed to Dada,s fall from grace in the year 2005- 2006 season...But as we all know that the fighter Dada First of all I want to congratulate the author of this book Saptarshi Sarkar for giving us his insights on the one n only cricketing icon from the land of Bengal...Dada ( Sourav Ganguly)has been the torchbearer of Bengal as well Indian cricket in general...Without Dada this concept of Team India wouldn't have been reignited...Victim of board politics,jealousy n misunderstanding which contributed to Dada,s fall from grace in the year 2005- 2006 season...But as we all know that the fighter Dada is,he truly made a remarkable comeback on India,s trip to South Africa at the fag end of the year 2006 which made headlines once again...This comeback showed to the cricketing world what Dada is made off...During Dada,s captaincy Team India achieved lots of incredible things which made our team a force to be reckoned in the cricketing world n feared...Dada backed guys like Yuvraj,Sehwag,Harbhajan,Kaif n Ashis Nehra to the hilt...Dada used to make these guys believe that they r the matchwinners of Team India...The hallmark of a great captain is one who possess lots of gut feeling n instinct...Dada had these qualities in plenty...Most notable achievement of Sourav Ganguly ( Dada),s captaincy was (1) Team India returning triumphant from Pakistan where Team India defeated thier arch rivals in both formats of the game I,e tests n odis(2) Drew the Test series against the Aussies in the year 2003 at Australlia which was a fantastic achievement from a team after being written off before the start of India,s trip to Australlia (2) Took Team India to the finals of the world cup in South Africa 2003 (4) Made Team India the No 2 ranked side in test match rankings before he assumed charge of Team India when we were ranked no 8 in the world (5) Who can forget the famous test series win against the Aussies in the year 2001 when Team India staged a remarkable comeback to thwart the Aussies in the test series by pipping them 2-1 which was the icing on the cake in Dada,s captaincy...After going through this novel I would like to add that if there is a Tendulkar or Dravid in any sport than there must be a Sourav Ganguly attached to it...This is the beauty of sports n in real life also...5 stars for the author Saptarshi Sarkar in bringing out the unknown side of Bengal,s role model n true icon...Dada was,is n always will be a champion...Best wishes to our Dada whatever field Dada choose to embark upon in real life...Long live the living legend of Bengal as well Indian Cricket...Jai Hind !

  15. 4 out of 5

    Azwad Enam

    This book did not do any justice to a cricketing legend like Sourav Ganguly. I am a big fan of Sourav since my childhood when I just started to understand the game. I am from Bangladesh and being a Bengali he was always my favorite player. The prince of Kolkata is a larger than life persona the author Mr. Saptarshi Sarkar wrote form a fan's perspective and tried to portray him as a GOD which I did not like and this is because every person has their own good and bad sides and addressing both can This book did not do any justice to a cricketing legend like Sourav Ganguly. I am a big fan of Sourav since my childhood when I just started to understand the game. I am from Bangladesh and being a Bengali he was always my favorite player. The prince of Kolkata is a larger than life persona the author Mr. Saptarshi Sarkar wrote form a fan's perspective and tried to portray him as a GOD which I did not like and this is because every person has their own good and bad sides and addressing both can only make the book more valuable to the reader. There was a time when Indian cricket team my favorite team next to Bangladesh cricket team when Ganguly was the skipper of India. The author seems to concentrate all his words to give explanation why Ganguly failed and how everyone other than him was to blame. I had high hopes regarding this book after reading Sachin Tandulkar's autobiography "Playing it my way" which was co-written by Boria Majumder were the author beautifully showed how Sachin became the legend that he is known for today. For legends like Sachin and Sourav you don't need others to tell readers why are they legends and what they did for the game! I sincerely hope Sourav Ganguly will write his own biography where viewers will get to know the real Prince of Kolkata our beloved Dada.

  16. 4 out of 5

    Prashanth

    DISASTER. Not just because am not a big fan of Ganguly, but I felt the book's only motive was to project Ganguly as THE man of Indian cricket . The book is not a fair narrative , in fact it was far more biased than I expected it to be . Another annoying part of the book was when the author tried to compare the lack of form of Sachin and (specially) Dravid and projected Sourav's greatness . Trying to blame the South Indian media and South Indians for not giving Dada the credit and talking about DISASTER. Not just because am not a big fan of Ganguly, but I felt the book's only motive was to project Ganguly as THE man of Indian cricket . The book is not a fair narrative , in fact it was far more biased than I expected it to be . Another annoying part of the book was when the author tried to compare the lack of form of Sachin and (specially) Dravid and projected Sourav's greatness . Trying to blame the South Indian media and South Indians for not giving Dada the credit and talking about Shashank Manohar's friendship with Dravid's father in law are subjects that are not book worthy . Honestly , if you read the book, you might feel Ganguly had been a saint all through his career . With all due respect , he was not one . The author did not talk adequately about Ganguly's negatives which made the book a very biased one . Good stats and good writing style but the content was not up to the mark is what I felt !!!

  17. 5 out of 5

    Neha Bhave

    Reading "Sourav Ganguly : Cricket, Captaincy and Controversy" has made me comprehend the fact that I've have downright missed watching this man play and lead the team to unimaginable triumphs. If you have been a Ganguly maniac, going through all the episodes will definitely make you nostalgic. Author Saptarshi Sarkar has made it quite obvious that, like several Sourav fans, he too is swayed for the southpaw. The book is dyed-in-the-wool Sourav-ed. If we think of this book as a biography, it Reading "Sourav Ganguly : Cricket, Captaincy and Controversy" has made me comprehend the fact that I've have downright missed watching this man play and lead the team to unimaginable triumphs. If you have been a Ganguly maniac, going through all the episodes will definitely make you nostalgic. Author Saptarshi Sarkar has made it quite obvious that, like several Sourav fans, he too is swayed for the southpaw. The book is dyed-in-the-wool Sourav-ed. If we think of this book as a biography, it doesn't score much. Although, if it is considered as a journal by an admirer, it is bang on. Being an uncompromising one myself, 5 stars is palpable.

  18. 5 out of 5

    Vikas Goel

    I want to give it 2.5 stars. Well there are some interesting point of views and politics talks which I did not know before. But the book is too much 'Ganguly'. We get it. He is THE GANGULY - THE CAPTAIN of INDIAN TEAM but the writer could have surely notched it down a little. A lot of straight (and controversial) statements have been made in the book some of which are not entirely wrong but sometimes you get a feel that writer is trying to demean others to highlight Ganguly in a better light I want to give it 2.5 stars. Well there are some interesting point of views and politics talks which I did not know before. But the book is too much 'Ganguly'. We get it. He is THE GANGULY - THE CAPTAIN of INDIAN TEAM but the writer could have surely notched it down a little. A lot of straight (and controversial) statements have been made in the book some of which are not entirely wrong but sometimes you get a feel that writer is trying to demean others to highlight Ganguly in a better light (which might not be the case). But overall an interesting read specially to understand the word 'regionalism' that is so often is associated with Cricket but hardly understood by fans of my age.

  19. 5 out of 5

    Karmegam

    why did I ever buy this book? such poor writing ... repeats story again and again under different heading. ESPN cricinfo page on ganguly is a better read. true there were some insights on how Ganguly was sidelined and under valued for his achievements but that comes at a cost of reading 300 pages of unedited writing. there were places where I could find typos. my suggestion: to know ganguly pls wait till god of offside writes his own book...

  20. 4 out of 5

    Abdul Hasan

    This is an excellent read...greatly enjoyed the book..very detailed oriented and I came to know many facts and figures that will be a good supporting material even in future...looks like the author Mr. Sarkar has put forth a lot of effort to persuade readers like us to know certain interesting perspective which was never discussed ...way to go!

  21. 4 out of 5

    Mallika Mathur

    I am a great Ganguly fan and found this book quite late after it got published 1.5 years back. Just awesome to say the least ..very informative and great analysis of his career ups and downs through data...some of the pictures are also really unique.overall a great, all encompassing read.

  22. 5 out of 5

    Jyoti Vyas

    A great book indeed, I liked the through details of Dada's cricket journey and they way author took enough effort to argue in favour of Ganguly. He was definitely a victim of politics in Indian cricket that we all know and the authror's detail work prove the point once more..nice read indeed!

  23. 5 out of 5

    Jyoti Vyas

    A great read..liked the detailed approached of author specially highlighting the politics around Ganguly in Indian cricket...some great photos and so many good stats! Good portrayal..

  24. 5 out of 5

    Niti

    A beautiful and logical tribute to one of my favorite cricketers. The book can only be matched by an autobiography, should dada choose to pen it.

  25. 4 out of 5

    Mallika Mathur

  26. 5 out of 5

    Subbu

  27. 5 out of 5

    Abhijeeth Reddy

  28. 5 out of 5

    Atul Kumar

  29. 5 out of 5

    Varun

  30. 4 out of 5

    Navneeth

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