When I finally saw Sourav Ganguly

Dada'ism' is the philosophy by which the Dhonis of the world live.

updated: September 12, 2012 15:33 IST
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I remember staying up to watch Ganguly get a century at Lord's on debut - the summer of 1996, I'd been in Kolkata for four years, and yet with all my 'non-Bengali' friends at school, reading Hindi, and still being a bit of a Delhi-wallah (where I grew up and went to school for almost a decade) I did not carry the burden of the entire 'Bengali nation' on my shoulders.

I cheered for India - and remember feeling terrible as Rahul Dravid got out at 95. Sourav Ganguly, the first Bengali cricketer of note after perhaps Pankaj Roy, meanwhile, got his century - 131 he made before being bowled by Alan Mullaly, an English left-arm seamer who'd played much of his cricket in Australia.

India drew the match - and the next one at Nottingham, where Dada got another century. Good going, I thought... but that was about all. Dada wasn't still to die for. So the guy had a good outing in England!

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