Former India captain Sourav Ganguly has had a successful international career in both Tests and ODIs. The former left handed batsman retired from cricket as one of the most successful captains of the Indian team. Ganguly was selected as the team captain before the start of the inaugural season of the Kolkata Knight Riders Indian Captain League.
KKR finished sixth in the first season of the IPL with co-stars John Bachanan Ganguly and Brandon McCullum sharing the role in the 2009 season. The decision was not good with Ganguly, who continued to struggle with the Bangs and finished with a wooden spoon in the second season of KKR.