Sourav Ganguly’s Fan Club Distributes Masks & Food on Dada’s Birthday
Sourav Ganguly, one of the world’s biggest cricket icons in history, has fans and cricketers from all over the world wishing him on his 49th birthday. His fan club “Maharajer Darbare” is celebrating the occasion by distributing masks and food to the needy.
With the on-going pandemic COVID-19, wreaking havoc in the lives of the poor, the fan group has decided to provide the people who can’t afford, with masks featuring “Ganguly’s 1996 Lord’s debut photo on one side and the current photo as BCCI President on the other.”
“We know these are tough times so we cannot do a cake cutting ceremony as usual. But we are planning to visit Maharaj da’s (as he is fondly called) place and hand him over some of these masks that we have made,” Sayan Samantha, one of the administrators of the group, reported by India TV News.
“There are also people who want to buy these masks with Maharaj Da’s face on it. We will sell them at our making cost that is Rs 50 and the money we collect from selling them, we want to help feed 48 families on Dada’s 48th birthday,” he added.
The fan group, with over 10,000 fans from across the state, has been distributing sweets and cakes to school children, every year on the current BCCI President’s birthday. But this year, with the lockdown due to COVID-19, they decided to help the needy people.
The former India Captain, credited for revolutionizing the Indian team in the early 2000s, has multiple nicknames – ‘Dada,’ ‘Prince of Calcutta,’ ‘God of the Off-Side,’ and ‘King of Comebacks.’ He took over India’s captaincy following the 2000’s match-fixing fiasco, becoming one of the most successful captains in the history. It was Ganguly, who instilled the belief that winning overseas is not a big deal in the minds of Indian cricketers.