Gavaskar rings bell ahead of third ODI at Eden

Kolkata, Jan 22 (IANS) Former India captain Sunil Gavaskar rang the bell just before the Indian and England teams walked out for their national anthems during the third ODI at the Eden Gardens here on Sunday.

Unlike India’s World Cup winning captain Kapil Dev, who rang the Lords’s like bell the last time when India played New Zealand in October here, Gavaskar completed the ritual in front of a near full house.

The Indian team waited near the fence for the bell to be rung. Captain Virat Kohli engaged in a lengthy conversation with predecessor M.S. Dhoni.

India lead the three-match series 2-0.

The ringing of the five-minute bell, introduced at the Lord’s Cricket Ground, is a ritual started in 2007.

An international cricketer, administrator or a well-known enthusiast of the sport is tasked to perform the act.