In the first chapter of his upcoming book 'A Century is Not Enough', Ganguly talked about his love for Durga Puja and also revealed that he used to 'play the occasional dhak, distribute prasad to the public and even do a bit of dhunuchi dancing during evening arati'.
Durga Puja is one of the biggest festivals in India and being a Bengali, it was former Indian captain Sourav Ganguly’s favourite fest too. In the first chapter of his upcoming book ‘A Century is Not Enough’, Ganguly talked about his love for Durga Puja and also revealed that he used to ‘play the occasional dhak, distribute prasad to the public and even do a bit of dhunuchi dancing during evening arati’. Ganguly wrote that despite being watched and clicked by people, he used to accompany the deity on the final ride. However, one of his adventures left the southpaw embarrassed.
It was when Sourav Ganguly was still the captain of the Indian team and he decided to go disguised as a ‘sardar’. “The area around the river is so crowded that once, during my Indian captaincy days, I decided to go disguised as one of Harbhajan’s tribe. Yes, disguised as a sardarji,” Ganguly wrote. So, a make-up artist was called to give him a convincing look. The act didn’t go as expected as Ganguly was mocked by his cousins saying that he would be recognized. The former Indian skipper, however, took it up as a challenge.
“They turned out to be right. I was not allowed on the truck by the police and had to follow it in our car with my daughter, Sana. As the car reached the Babughat area the police inspector peered in through the window, looked closely at me and smiled gently in recognition. I was embarrassed but asked him to keep my secret,” he added.
However, Ganguly believes that the escapade was worth it. Later, the 45-year-old made the toughest decision of his life on a Puja day in 2008. When the celebrations were at peak, two days before the Bengaluru Test, Sourav Ganguly had announced that he will retire after the last Test of that series. Ganguly revealed that he was so emotionally drained that the Pujas that year passed him by in a blur.
In this chapter, Ganguly also revealed that he didn’t shed a single tear after announcing the retirement. “I did not cry even at my father’s death. Most of you, like my friend, won’t believe me. Sourav is not telling the truth, you’ll be saying to yourself. But some of you will be nodding your head in agreement. You know my type,” he said.
Sourav Ganguly remains one of the most prolific players in Indian cricket’s history. He is regarded as one of the best captains of all time, won hearts with his opening partnership with Sachin and played an important role in promoting the young talent in early 2000s.