CAB show at Eden Gardens a damp squib

A laser show on display at Eden Gardens, in Kolkata on Thursday. (ANI Photo)KOLKATA: The laser show planned by the Cricket Association of Bengal (CAB) during the innings break of the second ODI between India and Sri Lanka at the Eden Gardens turned out to be a damp squib on Thursday.The show could not be carried on during the innings break as the Sri Lankan innings folded up almost 10 overs before their allotted 50 overs when complete darkness had still not set in. Hence the show was pushed back to the end of the match, but by the time it began most of the spectators had already left.Read Also2nd ODI: Kuldeep Yadav, KL Rahul lead India to 4-wicket win over Sri LankaThe last time India played a One-day International at the Eden Gardens, Kuldeep Yadav had picked up a hat-trick against Australia in 2017. On Thursday, he made the playing XI only after Yuzvendra Chahal had to sit out with a sore right shoulder.There was little to appreciate as the stands were filled with mobile phone torchlights even before the real show began. The six-minute show without any theme and loud background music failed to set the stands on fire.Most of those who filled up the Eden stands on Thursday were not even born when soccer great Pele played at the venue on September 24, 1977. But their chance of revisiting history of that evening when the New York Cosmos Club played local giants Mohun Bagan in an exhibition match failed as the footage of Pele’s skills that flashed across the giant Eden screen as homage to the legend who passed away at the age of 82 on December 29 last year, were of his World Cup moments and little of the Eden match. A tribute to Pele on the giant screen during the 2nd ODI between India and Sri Lanka at Eden Gardens, in Kolkata. (PTI Photo)The blink-and-you-miss clips failed to rekindle those magic moments. No surviving members of that PK Banerjee coached Mohun Bagan team were also present on the occasion.Congratulations to indian team for winning the series .. well doneCAB for the wonderful laser show to celebrate it… https://t.co/mQRbUSrS41— Sourav Ganguly (@SGanguly99) 1673542083000