How dada will remember Jyoti babu

Kolkata: Former Team India captain Sourav Ganguly has said he would always remember Jyoti Basu for congratulating him for the two centuries he scored during his debut Test series against England in 1996 and for attending his wedding.

"Life comes to an end in death and that is natural, everybody has to bow to death. There is no third umpire here. We have lost a legend," Ganguly said.

"I will always remember him for two things. He had come to my wedding and congratulated Dona and I and also congratulated me after my debut Test series against England where I scored two centuries," he said.

"I was felicitated by the government of West Bengal and he had handed me a trophy. It still adorns my cupboard," Ganguly told a Bengali newspaper.

Basu and Ganguly also shared the same birth date and both had studied at St Xavier's.

"I share my date of birth, July 8, with him. I knew it, he did not. Once during a function at the Netaji Indoor Stadium, I spoke to him about this. He told the gathering I'll always be reminded of Ganguly on my birthday."

The iconic batsman said he had always prayed Basu would complete a century and felt saddened that he could not.

"On the cricket pitch, I've missed centuries on several occasions and have felt bad. But, I always felt that Jyotibabu should completed a century. It did not happen," said Ganguly.

Basu, he said, was very popular. "Whenever people outside India came to know that I'm a Bengali, they asked about Jyotibabu."

"Due to age, he retired from active politics. But he was like a guardian. Kolkata and Bengal lost a guardian in Basu."