Kolkata: The Cricket Association of Bengal released 199 bunches of balloons during the tea break of the third day of the first Test between India and West Indies, with Sachin Tendulkar’s portrait hanging below with the words: “CAB salutes to Sachin”.
Tendulkar released the first bunch, duly receiving a thunderous applause from the crowd. Everyone in the stadium stood up and chanted “Sachin! Sachin!” as he waved to the crowd and walked into the dressing room.
The colourful balloons floated over the grounds and some spectators went on a mad chase after some flew into the upper deck of the Eden Garden stands. As both umpires Nigel Llong and Richard Kettleborough competed with each other to give wrong decisions, according to many people, the crowd enjoyed the balloon drama outside the field.
Some fans shouted loudly: “Umpires are spoiling the match. Let us forget what’s happening in the middle.”
A debate soon began amidst the scribes here on the Decision Review System (DRS). Some said that the Indian cricket board’s decision to use DRS is spoiling their own Test matches and their players. Rohit Sharma was denied a double century due to umpire Kettleborough, who declared him leg before to a ball that could have missed the off-stump.
One journalist commented: “It’s true DRS is not fool-proof, but the BCCI should start using whatever is available and wait for better technology to come. Now the attitude is that I will not travel unless a Mercedes car is available.”