Tête-à-tête with former Indian captain Sourav Ganguly

Sourav Ganguly is the former national cricket team captain who served as the 35th president of BCCI. BFH‘s consulting editor Sourendra Das met Dada at Central Park to chew the fat about his journey, diet and fitness regime.

Despite having such a busy schedule, what is Dada’s fitness regime?

I feel that the body and mind have a symbiotic relationship that needs a lot of coordination to remain optimally productive in any profession. I still maintain a running habit in the morning since my cricket times and prefer to run for 30-40 mins every day. Alongside that, I also do cardio and weight exercises for an hour 3-4 times a week to stay in shape. Cardio and weight training exercises were among the most important part of the daily fitness schedule, even during my active cricket days.

What do you eat on a regular day, and what are your dietary preferences?

My preference for the diet is low carbs and high protein. I usually take cornflakes 3-4 times a week for breakfast and generally maintain distance from high-fat and carbohydrate foods. I also eat a variety of fruits and different types of nuts every day to keep myself energetic. I believe that to be healthy and fit, not just workout matters, but a good amount of water and healthy fluids is imperative for the body to get rid of toxins and enhance the body’s strength.

Your journey is an inspiring one; how it feels to look back at those memories?

I have had my fair share of ups and downs; hence, I feel nostalgic. Honestly, I consider myself very fortunate that I played five hundred matches wearing my country’s jersey and was the captain in two hundred of them. From being a player to then administrative personnel first of CAB and then BCCI, God has given me so much, and I am incessantly grateful for it. So, I believe it is my innate responsibility to help others. I always try & help players for whom I have a soft corner in my heart. 

You are the epitome of positivity; how do you keep yourself motivated always?

Every success comes after a period of struggle and hard work. A few days ago, during a programme, I spoke about how I end up giving my hundred per cent towards each and every responsibility that comes my way. If I am not completely devoted, then I am not doing justice to the task. I am also a human, so maybe two to three times out of 10, it may come off as bit intended, but the effort will always be 100%. 

Having tasted success in life continually, how do you envision life post-50?

I will go with the flow of life. I am determined to try wholeheartedly to decrease my work pressure. Honestly, I am doubtful whether the endeavour will succeed, but I will assess my workload at the year-end. Being happy in life should be the ultimate goal.

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