Former India skipper Sourav Ganguly is considered as one of the best captain Indian cricket had. His contribution to the rise of Indian cricket is recognized by everyone. Ganguly, who helped the youngsters in their initial days, had also got support from his teammate Sachin Tendulkar. Sachin had played 7 years of international cricket until Sourav made his debut for India.
In his recently released book, 'A Century is Not Enough', Ganguly aka Prince of Calcutta revealed an incident from his debut Test at Lord's in 1996 when Tendulkar helped him tape his creaking bat during the tea interval. "It was in my first Test, I was batting at 100 at tea," Ganguly replied when asked about the incident.
"I quickly came in after batting for six hours. My handle had creaked. I was padded up and a cup of tea was given to me. The tea is very short...of 15 minutes. I was tying my bat handle with the tape so he walked up to me and said 'you just rest and finish your cup of tea because you have to go and bat, I will do the job'," Ganguly said.
Only a few know that Ganguly is naturally right-handed. He only learned to bat left-handed so he could use his left handed brother Snehasish's sporting equipment.
Ganguly, who played 311 ODIs and 113 Tests, was awarded the Padma Shri in 2004, India's fourth highest civilian award, in recognition of his distinguished contribution in the field of sports. He was presented with the award on 30 June 2004, by then President of India, Dr. A.P.J Abdul Kalam.
The 45-year-old wrote about his rift with Greg Chappell in the book which is surely one of the highlights of his book 'A Century is Not Enough'.