Meet the chief justice
He is known to have two left feet, but Sourav Ganguly is probably the only non-Bollywood celeb to have shaken a leg with none other than Hrithik Roshan (in a TV ad). “Oh, that was nearly nine years ago,” says Ganguly. “And that was the first and last time.” Dada clarifies on speculation whether he’ll be seen dancing on the show Knights and Angels, on which he is the ‘chief justice’ to select cheerleaders for his Kolkata IPL team.
And as he does with the ‘knights’ of his team, Ganguly is keeping a close eye on the ‘angels’, too. “I’m looking for the right personality and energy level [among the participants],” says Ganguly, who feels that it’s time “everyone looked at cheerleaders differently”.
The show is “not one of those dance shows, but a sporty thing”, he adds, fielding questions on the controversies that surrounded the cheerleaders in the last IPL season. “Twenty20 is both sport and entertainment, so hopefully people take in the right spirit,” says Dada.
Ganguly seems to be loving his newfound association with the small screen and will soon be seen on a Bengali quiz show also. “Yeah, just thought of giving it a try with television,” says the man best known for ‘giving it a try’ with untapped talent. So how does it feel to see his band of boys performing? “It’s good to see Viru, Yuvi, Bhajji, Zaheer flourish,” says Ganguly, fondly known as Maharaj in Kolkata. “All are match-winners.” And who’re the dancers? “Only Sreesanth can dance, the rest just follow,” he says jokingly.
Ganguly is not bothered by Sachin Tendulkar’s low ICC All-time ranking. “Sachin’s contribution to the game needn’t be judged by ranking,” says the southpaw, who feels his “career blossomed most” under Tendulkar’s captaincy. What about other plans... politics? “Absolutely no,” Dada clears the air. And no acting either, even if SRK offers him a role! After retirement, Dada is relishing every moment watching his daughter Sana grow up. “Yes, it’s great to be with her and spend so much time,” says the proud dad.
But how was it to walk off the field for the last time? “I had mentally decided,” says the greatest Test captain of India. “In sport, everybody finishes someday. It’s part of life, and I moved on.”