Kolkata: Former India skipper Sourav Ganguly lost his father on Thursday evening. Chandidas Ganguly, who was a role model for Sourav and whose other son Snehashis too was a first-class cricketer, passed away following a massive heart attack at his residence in Behala.
He was having tea with family members, including his wife and Sourav, when he complained of chest pain and slumped on the sofa and passed away minutes later.
Ganguly Sr was 74 and is survived by his two sons and wife Nirupa. He had undergone heart bypass surgery in London a few years ago and was hospitalised with a lung infection last July.
A huge crowd that included sportspersons and administrators gathered at the Ganguly residence to pay their last respect. Among the VVIPs was state chief minister Mamata Banerjee.
A club-level cricketer and a Calcutta University Blue, Chandi, as he was known to family and friends, became the grounds secretary at the Cricket Association of Bengal in the early seventies and went on to serve as the assistant-secretary, treasurer, secretary and vice-president of the then most powerful among BCCI's affiliated units.
His tenure spilled into the new millennium, and included time on the CAB's trustees board, of which he became the chairman in July 2003.
Chandi was the president of Barisha Sporting, his neighbourhood club, at the time of his death. Sourav had become the general secretary of the CAB-affiliated club which was founded by Chandi's in-laws.
"He was one of the first among cricketers to take to administration. I was leading Bengal when he was already a top official at the CAB and he always backed the cricketers, a stance I quite admired," reminded Raju Mukherjee.
(With Agency inputs)