The stage was set with a promise to usher in the new dawn. But Kolkata Knight Riders opening show at the Eden Gardens turned out to be a damp squib.
The organisers,however,made every effort to make the event successful. For the first time,a separate opening ceremony was organised only for fans of Kolkata. The show,however,failed to sway the crowds.
Bengal was the central theme of the show as local band Fossils belted out korbo,lorbo,jitbo re. But 20,000 fans who were present then didnt seem to be lending an ear.
The chhau dancers and the models,who came in hamster balls,however,lifted the mood a bit. Then came the cheergirls in saris and a fleet of dhakis (traditional Bengali drummers),but they,too,failed to stir the crowd.
We have local cheer girls this time. We are a team from Kolkata and throughout the IPL we want to give the fans a local flavour. Those who watched the opening ceremony definitely enjoyed it, KKR CEO Venky Mysore claimed. The fans,however,were not very impressed. The IPL opening ceremony in Chennai saw the likes of Amitabh Bachchan,Priyanka Chopra and Katy Perry shook a leg.
Here,the Tollywood stars were conspicuous by their absence. Toward the end of the 30-minute show,crowds started to fill in and when Gautam Gambhir and Virender Sehwag,two great friends,came out for toss,about 45,000 spectators were present.
Suddenly the sky opened up,playing spoilsport to all the preparations made.
Shah Rukh Khan,Bengal’s newly-appointed brand ambassador,reached the ground amid high wind and downpour. He dropped in at the city this afternoon and paid a visit to Writers’ Buildings to invite Mamata Banerjee.
The Chief Minister accompanied the Bollywood star to Eden and waited patiently for for the first ball to be bowled. She asked a Cricket Association of Bengal official to provide better pitch covers for the future matches. “You have to do it,” she said.