Kapil Dev was the fvirst to ring the Eden Gardens bell during the India-New Zealand series © Getty Images
Kapil Dev was the fvirst to ring the Eden Gardens bell during the India-New Zealand series © Getty Images

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. India captain Virat Kohli won the toss and elected to bowl against England in the third one-day international in Kolkata on Sunday. The hosts, who enjoy an unassailable 2-0 lead in the three-match series, made one change to their starting line-up after Thursday’s 15-run win in Cuttack with top-order batsman Ajinkya Rahane replacing opener Shikhar Dhawan. England have been forced to make two changes with Sam Billings and Jonny Bairstow replacing injured pair Alex Hales, who has returned home with a broken hand, and Joe Root.

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

India have currently taken two crucial wickets of England opening batsman Jason Roy and Billings. Ravindra Jadeja has been at the top with 2 wickets.