Kolkata, Oct 25 : In the backdrop of Diwali celebrations, the netizens of this metropolis witnessed a big screen at Eden Gardens declared " Dadagiri is back in Indian Cricket" as the Cricket Association of Bengal ( CAB) this evening felicitated Sourav Ganguly on being the President of Indian supreme cricket governing body (BCCI).
Unlike the day when the former Indian captain for the first time took the chair of the Board of Control for Cricket in India (BCCI) in Mumbai on October 23 wearing his old blazer to take his memoir afresh from his playing days, the
Maharaj of Bengal this evening chose a simple dress of striped shirt with folded sleeves and a back trousers to take onto the stage to greet the audience at the picturesque Eden Gardens, his second home in the city.
As the 47-year-old cricketing administrator took the stage and behind his a big screen also announced " Welcome Mr Sourav Ganguly BCCI president" lights sparked before the audience reminding them the time to celebrate the evening ahead of the festival of lights as the people greet him in chorus.
Ganguly, who held the post of president at the CAB for five years before elevating to the top of the post of BCCI was felicitated with a bouquet and a citation.
On the stage, he was greeted by Bengal men’s and women’s skippers Abhimanyu Easwaran and Paromita Roy. Present CAB president Avishek Dalmiya in his welcome address said, “The image of BCCI was dented, now it is on recovery mode under (dada) Ganguly.”
He said the former skipper has the experience of organising the high profile India-Pakistan game and the World T20 final in 2016 at the Eden and that would help him in future ICC meets. “Under him, the Vision 2020 programme was introduced, renovation of indoor facilities took place. I hope he will continue to guide us in the days ahead. It was an honour to work with him for four years,” Dalmiya said.
Former captain Mohammed Azharuddin said: “I am sure he ( Sourav) will work very hard in BCCI as he did for Indian cricket. Bengal has produced great administrators like Dalmiya sir (Jagmohan Dalmiya). I am hopeful Sourav will continue the good work.” V.V.S. Laxman said Ganguly was "very very special”, a name often associated with the stylish right-hander.
“Sourav the cricketer is special, but for me Sourav the captain is very very special,” he said. (UNI)