History Made At Eden: Sania, Sindhu Felicitated; Ganguly, Sachin Watch Kohli & Co In Action
Politics Meets Sports
West Bengal CM Mamata Banerjee, Bangladesh PM Sheikh Hasina, BCCI chief Sourav Ganguly were joined by former Team India players including Sachin Tendulkar, Anil Kumble, Kapil Dev among others in the City of Joy to watch cricket history being made. Tennis ace Sania Mirza, badminton champion PV Sindhu, and boxing legend Mary Kom also joined the cricketers in the stands.
Tendulkar and Ganguly both opted for blue blazers, but added a dash of pink - to mark the monumental occasion. While the master blaster paired his blazer with a pink shirt, the Bengal Tiger sported a pocket square in the same hue.
Ringing The Customary Bell
The two leaders rang the the customary Eden bell in the presence of BCCI President Sourav Ganguly, Bangladesh Cricket Board chief Nazmul Hasan Papon and the god of cricket, Sachin Tendulkar.
The ‘ringing bell’ ceremony has become an important tradition for almost every match that is played at the Eden Gardens. Previously, the ‘ringing bell’ ceremony used to take place only before the start of the Test at Lords in England. However, 3 years ago, the tradition was started at Eden Gardens ahead of the Test between India and New Zealand.
The Bangladesh PM, clad in a beige saree, and Trinamool Congress leader continued the tradition this year, by ringing the bell just before the start of the match.
Let The Game Begin
While Banerjee and Hasina sat next to each other, Tendulkar was sitting next to the BCCI secretary, Jay Shah.
The match began with Bangladesh winning the toss, and captain Mominul Haque opting to bat first.
Bangladesh were all out for 106 in their first innings on the opening day of the second and final Test against India, also the first pink-ball match for both teams. Mean while Kohli & co reached 174 for three at stumps on the opening day.
(With inputs from agencies)
It's All Pink
Tennis ace Sania Mirza, who kept in theme with the pink ball with her blazer in a bright shade of the colour, was feted by Bangladesh PM Sheik Hasina.
While BCCI Secretary Jay Shah honoured Kohli, Tendulkar recieved the recognition from Bangladesh PM Sheikh Hasina
Just Like Old Times
On A Round
Indian women team captain Mithali Raj, who was present for the match, also took a round of the ground.
After being reluctant for four years, India finally embraced the Day/Night format for Test cricket, following a strong push from Ganguly.
(With inputs from PTI)
Both the stars opted for hues of pink in their wardrobes, and took to social media to share pictures from the stadium.
“We r all set to witness the first pink ball test,” Harbhajan ‘Turbanator’ Singh wrote on Twitter, posting a picture in with the ‘pink cherry’.
Former cricketer VVS Laxman, accessorised his blue blazer with a pink tie. The two stars posed together as they celebrated the landmark moment.
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