On Friday, 30th September, 2016 Country’s first World Cup winning captain Kapil Dev rung the bell just before the Indian and New Zealand cricket teams walked out for the national anthem on the opening day of the second Test between them at the Eden Gardens.
It is attended by Cricket Association of Bengal (CAB) President and former India captain Sourav Ganguly, Kapil Dev completed the much sought-after formal in front of a motley crowd.
Kapil Dev is looking elegant in a suit, the 1983 hero wore a wry smile on his face as all-rounder Ravindra Jadeja was seen observing the event clearly from the players’ dressing room.
The ringing of the five-minute bell, announced at Lord’s, is a formal started in 2007. An international cricketer or administrator or a well-known enthusiast of the sport is tasked to perform the act.
Sourav Ganguly had stated that every morning it will be rung by a cricketer from either side or ex-players.
The one at Lord’s is located outside the Bowlers’ Bar of the pavilion and is rung to indicate the imminent start of play. Sourav Ganguly in 2014, had the opportunity of ringing the hallowed bell in 2014 on the fifth morning of the India-England Test at Lord’s.
Team India is leading the three match series 1-0 after they listed a 197 run win against New Zealand at Kanpur. If India team win the Kolkata Test, then the team will regain the ICC Test Rankings’ top spot.
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