The historic Day-Night Test match in Kolkata was attended by several renowned personalities, among which was Sheikh Hasina, the Honourable Prime Minister of Bangladesh. At the iconic Eden Gardens, she and Mamata Banerjee, the Chief Minister of West Bengal, rang the customary bell before the start of the pink-ball Test. On Day 2, it was Viswanathan Anand who rang the bell.
Sourav Ganguly, the president of the Board of Control for Cricket in India (BCCI) was happy to host the Bangladesh PM and called her ‘an amazing sport’. He specifically pointed out how she stayed the whole of Day 1 at the stadium instead of returning to the hotel. After the game, the 47-year-old Ganguly conveyed his best wishes for the Prime Minister.
“Your honourable Prime Minister is unbelievable. She’s an amazing sport. A prime minister saying to me I will not go to the hotel and will watch the entire day here. One cannot imagine that. So please send my love and well wishes to her,” Ganguly was quoted as saying in BDcrictime.
Add to that, Ganguly has planned to visit Bangladesh in March on the occasion of Sheikh Mujibur Rahman’s birthday.
“I will go to Bangladesh on the birthday of Bangabandhu Sheikh Mujibur Rahman in March only for her. Because she’s really unbelievable,” the former Indian skipper added.
Kolkata was all dressed up to brace the historic game in front of a packed Eden Gardens. A ball-shaped pink blimp hovered over the stadium, while major landmarks in the city were illuminated pink. In fact, pink coloured sweets were also sold in the city’s eateries, and the outer walls of Eden Gardens were painted with murals.
All three days of the game saw a packed stadium, and the CAB has decided to refund the money to those who had bought tickets for Day 4 and Day 5.