Kolkata, Oct 1: Team India skipper Virat Kohli once again disappointed with the bat after he was dismissed at 9 in the first innings of the second Test match against New Zealand here on Friday (Sep 30).
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Kohli, who is India's biggest star at the moment, getting out cheaply in the first session was a big letdown for the crowd arrived at the stadium. (Ind-NZ series schedule)
But Kohli's dismissal was a major disappointment to around 4,000 underprivileged children from the city and suburbs, who were given a chance to watch a cricket match for the first time in their life.
"Virat got out. I am so sad. But I am watching cricket so close for the first time. I have asked for permission from my supervisor if I can stay till the end of the day," said Raju Kundu, who came from Howrah.
Kundu was among 4000 lucky underprivileged kids who lit up L block of the otherwise vacant Eden Gardens for the first day.
All of them were at the stadium for the first time.
"Eden is so big. I never realised it on television," is how Achinta Sarkar reacted when asked how he liked being at the iconic venue.
India managed 239/7 at stumps on the first day.
A group of girls sat together enjoying the game. Smita, who studies in class IV and is from Liluah, said: "It is great fun. This is my first time. And I am enjoying thoroughly."
Kids came from Howrah, Hooghly, North and South 24 Parganas and Kolkata, under an initiative taken by Lions Club and supported by the Cricket Association of Bengal (CAB) to promote the sport among the kids.
(With inputs from agencies)