2nd Test: A special painting gift for India captain Virat Kohli

Written by: Sujata Sarkar
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Kolkata, Sep 30: Thursday's (September 29) Eden Gardens saw a couple of interesting incidents out of the cricket. And the most interesting thing was, one of the established painters in Kolkata, Partha Das has been able to convince the security system at the stadium as well as the top brass of Cricket Association of Bengal (CAB) that he has made a beautiful painting of Indian captain Virat Kohli and he wants to present it to the batsman.

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The CAB top brass including Sourav Ganguly and the security staff at Eden Gardens were convinced and agreed with the painter’s proposal. Still, the complicacy over the painter’s wish remained as Kohli was in a dilemma about when he would receive the gift amidst the busy schedule of five-day Test that started today (September 30).

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Later, following a discussion with the team management Kohli was given consent that he could receive the gift on the 4th day (October 3) of the match from the painter.

The few hundreds of spectators who came to watch Indian cricketers at the Eden Gardens on Thursday, had experienced another interesting and one of their most resembling pictures when they saw two Kiwi batsmen including the team’s coach Craig McMillan stepped forward towards CAB president. (Richards' son gifts Kohli a painting)

And then once again Ganguly despite having worn formal dresses took a bat from them and began to show how he used to execute those stunning off-drives through cover and extra-cover.

Ganguly was trying to demonstrate the two Kiwi batsmen about how to execute drives on this Indian pitches. Later, McMillan when asked about the discussions with former Indian skipper, laughingly said, "Yes, it was a kind of fun, but I was simply amazed to have watched that Sourav still had his old touch while using technique to show us the drives."

McMillan also informed, "We are thankful also to Ganguly for his kind advice to us on how we should bat on Indian pitches."

Incidentally, Ganguly was stuck up in the lift for couple of minutes due to power cut on Thursday evening.

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