Former India captain Sourav Ganguly was on Thursday conferred the Outstanding Young Achievers Award for his contribution to Indian cricket.
The award, instituted by the Young Leaders forum of the Indian Chamber of Commerce, was handed over to Ganguly at a glittering programme in Kolkata in the presence of a large number of business honchos, film personalities and other eminent persons.
The award comprised a trophy and a citation which was presented to the cricketer by Bengali film actress Koel Mullick.
The citation described Ganguly as a 'legend' and 'a cricketer unparalleled'.
"He is true leader who spearheaded the rise of India's new young sporting spirit," it said. Speaking on the occasion, Ganguly said "for anyone, being recognised in any aspect of life is a huge inspiration. This is not only a recognition for my past performance, but will motivate and push me on to do well in future."
The annual award is given to young achievers in recognition of their path-breaking contributions which have made a difference to people's lives.
The winners in the previous years were telecom honcho Sunil Bharti Mittal, fashion designer Sabyasachi Mukherjee, industrialist Sanjiv Goenka and film-maker Karan Johar.