Former Indian cricket captain Sourav Ganguly names Ayushmann Khurrana as actor to play lead in biopic

Bollywood actor Ayushmann Khurrana is likely to play the character of Indian cricket legend Sourav Ganguly in the latter's upcoming biopic, the former Indian cricket captain said on Thursday (September 28).

Sourav Ganguly names Ayushmann Khurrana as actor to play lead in biopic. Photo Courtesy: File

When asked about who would play him in the biopic, Ganguly said, "It has not been finalised yet. But as far as I have heard, it's Ayushmann Khurrana. I will talk (to the makers)."

The former Indian cricket board (BCCI) chief also informally said the biopic will release on big screens in 2024.

Earlier, Bollywood star Ranbir Kapoor was rumoured to play Ganguly's character on the silver screen.

Ganguly, who is arguably one of the finest left-handed batters, made his international debut in 1992 and went on to play for India till 2008.

The Prince of Calcutta, who is also one of the most successful captains in Indian cricket, changed the face of how the game between 22 yards is played, as he banked heavily on the use of young, raw talents in his team.

The southpaw led the side to various victories in bilateral series abroad.

Some of his notable performances as a leader came in the years 2002 and 2003 as India went on to win the Natwest Trophy in 2002 in the United Kingdom, and reached the 2003 World Cup final, which was hosted by South Africa.

His career, however, was marred by controversy after he was left out of the national side following a rift with the then head coach Greg Chappell. He later stormed back to the team almost a year later on the back of a splendid domestic season.

Even after 15 years since retiring from international cricket, the Dada of Indian cricket is busy with his commitments to commentary, TV show hosting, endorsements, business et al.