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India, Pakistan legends felicitated at Eden Gardens

India is palying Pakistan for the fifth time in the ICC World T20 fixture with a hundred percent win record at their disposal.

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All roads in the 'City of Joy' led to the Eden Gardens as the spirited Kolkatans defeated the heavy thundershowers and waterlogged roads to thronged the iconic venue to savour the taste of the 'Mother of All Cricketing duels' India pitted against Pakistan. (Source: PTI)

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Sachin Tendulkar was cheered vociferously as he tried speaking in Bengali " Kamon Aco Bhalo achi (acho)" (Hope you are doing well). "It's fantastic atmosphere over here. It's always been exciting and Nice to see stalwarts from Pakistan. We welcome them here. Let's enjoy cricket above all," said Tendulkar, who also greeted CM Mamata Banerjee with a 'Namaskar'. (Source: PTI)

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Imran Khan, who is now a full-time politician let the cricketer in him come out when he addressed the crowd for a couple of minutes. "On behalf of the Pakistan cricket team, I want to thank people of Kolkata for this warm welcome and great reception you have given us. Hope it's a great game today. I hope the result will be the same as when I last played for Pakistan on this ground," said Imran. Imran last played here during the 1989-90 Nehru Cup where Pakistan beat India in a league game followed by their win in the final against the West Indies. (Source: PTI)

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The fans witnessed an August gathering with legends Sachin Tendulkar, Sunil Gavaskar and Virender Sehwag from India while Pakistan was represented by Imran Khan, Wasim Akram and Waqar Younis. If the loudest cheer as usual was reserved for Tendulkar, Bollywood legend Amitabh Bachchan's rendition of national anthem 'Jana Gana Mana' left everyone spellbound. (Source: Reuters)

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Legenndary actor Amitabh Bachchan shared some light moments with the Indian cricket maestro Sunil Gavaskar and Virender Sehwag. (Source: PTI)

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The former Pakistan duo bowling attack Waqar Younis and Wasim Akram showed their presence at the felicitation ceremony in Kolkata. (Source: PTI)

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A warm gesture of respect was also shared between Amitabh Bachchan, Wasim Akram and Waqar Younis. Younis is Pakistan's coach and Wasim Akram is known to be the most ferocious swing bowler of his time. (Source: PTI)

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Expressing her happiness over the city hosting the India-Pakistan World T20 cricket clash on Saturday, West Bengal Chief Minister Mamata Banerjee assured the organisers to provide foolproof safety and security arrangements for the final match on April 3 in Kolkata. "I want to thank ICC, BCCI, CAB and (CAB president) Sourav Ganguly for organising this big event in Kolkata," Banerjee said before the start of the high-voltage tie. "We will provide all kinds of safety, security and cooperation for the final also. Kolkata welcomes all of you," she said. (Source: PTI)