On the night of December 30, Sourav Ganguly walked into the Eden Gardens, the place the Bengal crew’s apply session was underway. The BCCI president had simply walked out of the state cricket board’s annual assembly and determined to drop in at the floor that had made him.
Saurasish Lahiri, Ganguly’s one-time Bengal teammate and the present U-23 Bengal coach, requested him, “Dada, hope you’re still training?”
Ganguly replied he had been so tied down with work that he had been lacking extra days of coaching than normal. He stayed for a couple of minutes, had some phrases with the likes of Ranadeb Bose and Manoj Tiwary, and headed out to his subsequent engagement.
Three days later, Lahiri was watching the afternoon information at dwelling, when he noticed an merchandise that made his heart skip a beat. With trembling fingers, he picked up his telephone and dialed one other former Bengal participant – “Is it true? Has Dada had a heart attack?”
Former Bengal captain and nationwide selector Sambaran Banerjee, who has identified Ganguly since he was eight years previous, obtained the same name at 1:15 pm. He rushed to the Woodlands Hospital, to see Chief Minister Mamata Banerjee already there. The CM requested him: “How is it that a sportsman can have a heart attack? How is it that someone as fit as Sourav had a heart attack? It doesn’t fit.”
By night, a press convention was held on the hospital premises as Bengal waited with bated breath. The medical doctors stated Ganguly was steady and that he had been saved due to the promptness with which he had come to the hospital.
Speaking to indianexpress.com, Sambaran Banerjee stated, “On the face of it, it seems impossible that Sourav had a heart attack. But there have been numerous incidents of sportsmen, in great health otherwise, suffering heart attacks – Cristiano Junior and Ewan Chatfield for instance.”
“I was with Dean Jones in Mumbai when he suffered a heart attack last year. We were part of the same commentary panel. We stayed in the same hotel, we had breakfast together, he used to like to talk to me. Nobody could have guessed he would suffer a heart attack. He was supremely fit, went out for morning runs every day, used to eat sparingly,” stated Banerjee.
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“I know Sourav never smoked or drank. He took his fitness very seriously and trained as often as he could. But he might have been feeling stressed. He had told me once he would never join politics, and I do not think he is someone who should, but it is possible that he would be feeling pressure from all the recent reports doing the rounds linking him with politics,” he stated.
“That might have been a trigger for the attack, let us see what the doctors say. He will be released from hospital in a day or two,” he added.
A mark of how curiously integral Ganguly had turn into to the pre-Assembly ballot information cycle in Bengal is that his hospital guests have ranged from the CM to the Governor to native heads of almost all political events energetic in Bengal. Speculation of his entry into politics is endless and he has additionally been touted as a chief ministerial candidate of the BJP.
Lahiri, who has educated alongside Ganguly, says he is notably stunned as a result of he is aware of Ganguly paid particular consideration to cardio and endurance coaching.
“He lives a very disciplined life. Even in his later days, we saw him taking his fitness as seriously as anyone else in the team. All of us were shocked when the news came through on Saturday, but we are more positive now because he is improving every day,” he stated.
Sumit Mukherjee, a veteran Kolkata journalist who has seen Ganguly from his U-15 days, stated information of the former India captain’s heart assault has jolted Kolkata like nothing else might.
“Sourav Ganguly is the ideal Bengali, the greatest Bengali icon since Uttam Kumar. He is a fighter and he is intelligent, qualities all of us aspire to but cannot reach. We all want the courage and conviction to be able to wave our shirts from the Lord’s balcony but are unable to do it. That is why Ganguly is always in our hearts. Unfortunately, it is his heart that is under pressure now, so we are all concerned,” he stated.
Also stating the quantity of stress Ganguly has needed to take up in current occasions – being answerable for the Indian cricket board in a yr of disaster for the sport and being linked to politics – Mukherjee stated stress was the likeliest set off for the assault.
“We will support him whether he joins BJP, TMC or CPM. In our eyes, Sourav Ganguly can do no wrong. But that is also pressure,” he stated.