Virat Kohli on Sunday rang the bell at the iconic Eden Gardens in Kolkata, ahead of the Indian Premier League (IPL) 2017 match between Royal Challengers Bangalore (RCB) and Kolkata Knight Riders (KKR). Kohli has thus joined the list of those who have rung the bell at the Eden Gardens, a practise which was started by former India captain Kapil Dev before the start of India’s historic 250th Test against New Zealand last year. The Cricket Association of Bengal (CAB) had installed the bell at the Eden Gardens before September 2016, to be rung to initiate the start of play before every game. Full Cricket Scorecard, Kolkata Knight Riders vs Royal Challengers Bangalore, IPL 2017, Match 27
“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,” Sourav Ganguly, the president of CAB had told reporters after the decision was made, as reported by IANS. A few days ago, local team Kolkata Knight Riders’ coach Jacques Kallis had rung the bell at one of India’s most famous cricket venues. Meanwhile, the start of the KKR versus RCB clash was delayed on Sunday due to rains, and the game started 30 minutes post the scheduled time. Full Cricket Scorecard, Kolkata Knight Riders vs Royal Challengers Bangalore, IPL 2017, Match 27
While Kolkata Knight Riders are sitting pretty at the second spot in the IPL 2017 points table, the Kohli-led Royal Challengers Bangalore have been struggling. Going into the clash on Sunday night, RCB were placed at the second last spot with 4 defeats and 2 wins in 6 matches.