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Rajendra Prasad Mohapatra

During his playing days, former skipper of Team India Sourav Ganguly had won the hearts of millions of fans with his spectacular square cuts, cover drives and towering sixes by dancing down the track. The southpaw, who is popularly called as the ‘God of offside’, is also known for his emphatic leadership skills and out of box thinking, both on and off the field.

Continuing his own inimitable style even after retirement, the current BCCI boss has emerged as a match winner again, but not for Team India but for Odia people this time.

In one of his popular TV shows-Dadagiri in Zee Bangla, Dada just couldn’t resist himself taking a bite at luscious sweetmeat of Odisha ‘Rasagola’.

While hosting the show, Sourav said, “People have a notion that Rasagola is a popular delicacy of Kolkata. However, the truth is that Rasagola belongs to Odisha. The information has been revealed from Jagannath temple sources.”

“In my playing days when I was going to Cuttack, I had tasted some luscious sweets which is not found anywhere else,” added Ganguly.

The cricket administrator’s statement was seen as big in the backdrop of the sweet feud between Odisha and West Bengal over the proprietary rights of the delicacy- Rasagola.

The clip of Ganguly’s endorsement of Odisha Rasagola has gone viral over various social media platforms. So much so that it activated internet memes with netizens thanking the legendry cricketer.

“Thanks @SGanguly99 Dada for speaking the truth, Rasagola Odisha ra. Jay Jagannath,” a user tweeted.

“That’s why we , the people of odisha, love Dada so much. Jay Jagannath, Rasagola Odisha ra,” wrote another user.

Earlier joining ‘OTV Foresight 2022’, Bollywood actress Huma Qureshi had declared that Rasagola belongs to Odisha.

Notably, following a bittersweet battle over the origin of the delectable Rasagola with Odisha, West Bengal was given the (Geographical Indicator) GI tag for Banglara Rosogolla, the state’s alleged variant of the syrupy dessert in November 2017.

Later, the bitter war over the Rasagola appeared to have subsided as the GI tag was granted to Odisha on July 30, 2019 for the ‘Odisha Rasagola’, less than two years after West Bengal won its own GI tag for the delectable eastern sweet.

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