Former Indian captain Sourav Ganguly wants to have iconic Lord’s bell at Eden Gardens, Kolkata. Ganguly made his debut in 1996 and has fond memories of Mecca of cricket. He scored a hundred on debut. He also took off his shirt when India defeated England in the tri series final in 2002 at the home of cricket.
India remarkably won the final and it changed India’s performance overseas and Ganguly was one of the main architect of the success that men in blue enjoyed.
With such wonderful memories, it is no surprise that Ganguly’s love for Lord’s lingers. So much so, that the Cricket Association of Bengal president is ready to bring in a piece of Lord’s history at the Eden Gardens.
The historic venue is all set to get a ‘bell’ like the one that hangs at Lord’s, Ganguly announced.The bell is rung to signify the imminent start of play.
Currently no stadium in India has this kind of bell to start the day’s play.
It has become a great honour to be invited to ring it on the morning of a Test match and Ganguly had the privilege of doing it once in 2014.
“Yes, we are getting such a bell which will be installed at the Eden Gardens. Every morning, it will be rung by a cricketer from either side or ex-players. The bell is being imported and should be in place by September,” the former India skipper told reporters.
A Fan-Zone will also be created to bring in more spectators and kids can enjoy their time at Eden Gardens, Kolkata. India will take on New Zealand at the iconic venue in September.