Sourav Ganguly, Dona, Nagma: Cricket’s most famous love triangle
Jul 08, 2013, 11:09 AM IST
New Delhi: Famous by the name of ‘Prince of Kolkata’, Sourav Ganguly is one of India’s greatest captains ever.
Sourav was the one who took the Indian side to the world Cup finals in 2003, and he was the captain of the side when India halted the 16 Test match winning streak of the mighty Australians.
Sourav gave team India its killer instinct. Sourav who took team India to new highs celebrates his birthday today.
On his birthday we recall Sourav’s one off-field controversy which shook not just the cricketing circles but also the entire nation.
Around mid-February 2001, newspapers in Chennai went to town shouting from the rooftops with pictures of Sourav Ganguly and Nagma, who visited Srikalahasti Mandir in Chitoor District, Andhra Pradesh, about 40 kms from Chennai.
The alleged affair (and marriage?) came as a major surprise to most, since all the articles and 'people in the know' stated that their affair started way back in London during the 1999 World Cup, where the couple had first met.
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Sourav married his childhood sweetheart in a very filmy manner. The couple married in 1996 against their parent’s will but eventually their families accepted this marriage.
But the world was shocked when, allegations came that Ganguly was romantically involved with South Indian actress Nagma. It is said that the affair started way back in London during the 1999 World Cup, where the couple had first met.
Australian media which is known to be very critical of Indian players ran many stories on this affair. Going to the extent of saying, that Ganguly is running between the wickets, on one end is his wife Dona and on the other actress Nagma.
Another twist came in 2001, when reports came in that the couple offered puja at Srikalahasti. The Rahu-Ketu Sarpadosha Nirvana puja is done to help spinsters with a Ghor-Maanglik horoscope to overcome astrological afflictions in their marital chart and to be released from the curse of a snake deity that may prevent marriage and marital bliss.
Sourav always maintained a 'No Comments' stance on this personal issue, however in May 2010, Nagma had spoken publicly that there was indeed something on between her and the Prince of Kolkata.
As the media speculation began to take a toll on Sourav's flourishing career, he decided to end all ties with the Nagma.
Sourav’s wife maintained her silence throughout the controversy and blamed the media for all speculations about her marriage to Sourav.