Author Mihir Bose writes “The cricket world had gotten too used to the stereotype of the meek Indian cricketer. All that has changed under Ganguly, perhaps for the better.” Sourav Ganguly, well-known as ‘Dada,’ was born on July 8, 1972. He will celebrate his 47th birthday today.Let us look at some of the important highlights from his life and career: 1. Ganguly’s parents gave him the nickname ‘Maharaj’ when he was a kid. He was later nicknamed the ‘Prince of Calcutta’ by Geoffrey Boycott.2. He was a huge football fan in his childhood.3. Ganguly’s mother Nirupa did not want him to get into cricket since the game was disturbing his studies. But due to his elder brother Snehashish’s insistence, Sourav was enrolled into a cricket academy during his class 10 summer holidays.4. It is said that Ganguly is a deeply religious person and observes a fast every Tuesday.5. There is an apartment in Kolkata which is named after him. It is called the ‘Sourav Housing Complex.’6. Ganguly’s ton at Lords cricket ground was the highest score by a batsman on debut at the ground.7. He has also been labelled as India’s most successful cricket captain.8. It is well known that Ganguly’s most famous victory celebration style was twirling his shirt.9. Javagal Srinath came back from retirement thrice on Ganguly’s insistence.10. Ganguly had his personal bowling machine installed in his house after he was dropped from the Indian team in 1992.11. He is the third cricketer in the world, along with Aravinda De Silva and Mahela Jayawardene, to score a 100 and lead Indian team to the final of a World Cup.advertisement12. He is the joint secretary of Cricket Association of Bengal.13. In the initial days of his career, he was dropped from the Indian team since he was perceived to be ‘arrogant.’14. Ganguly loved David Gower’s style and used to watch old videos of him playing.15. Other cricketers who influenced him are David Boon, Mohinder Amarnath, Kapil Dev, and Allan Border.Read | MS Dhoni turns 38: Know how well-educated your favourite Indian skipper and his teammates are!