Kohli's failure disappoints underprivileged children
Indian captain Virat Kohli reacts after being dismissed for nine at the Eden Gardens on Friday. (PTI)
Kolkata - 4,000 underprivileged children from Kolkata lit up L block of the otherwise vacant Eden Gardens
Indian skipper Virat Kohli (9) getting out cheaply on the first day of the second Test against New Zealand was a big letdown for the underprivileged children who attended the match at the Eden Gardens.
"Virat got out. I am so sad," said Raju Kundu, who came from Howrah.
Around 4,000 underprivileged children from the city and suburbs lit up L block of the otherwise vacant Eden Gardens for the first day of India's second Test against New Zealand on Friday.
All of them were at the stadium for the first time.
Most of the kids are big Kohli fans and they were hoping for a big innings from the Indian superstar. But unfortunately, the Indian captain couldn't deliver on Friday.
But the chance to watch a Test match at the Eden Gardens delighted the kids.
"Eden is so big. I never realised it on television," is how Achinta Sarkar reacted when asked how he liked being at the iconic venue.
"A group of girls sat together enjoying the game. Smita, who studies in class IV and is from Liluah, said: "It is great fun. This is my first time. And I am enjoying thoroughly."
Kids came from Howrah, Hooghly, North and South 24 Parganas and Kolkata, under an initiative taken by Lions Club and Cricket Association of Bengal (CAB) to promote the sport among the kids.
Meanwhile, India's middle-order batsman Ajinkya Rahane said on Friday the sparse attendance on the first day of the second Test was due to the absence of overhead cover, to protect the spectators from the sweltering heat, at the Eden Gardens.
"It's too hot and humid here. From the spectators' point of view, you need cover from the heat, and if that is absent it is very difficult to sit throughout the day and watch cricket," Rahane, who scored 77 runs of India's 239/7, said at a media meet after stumps.
"The 5,000-6,000 people who turned up for the match was good to see but I feel that is the main reason."