Indian cricketers donate kits as memorabilia for CAB museum

MS Dhoni gifted his bat, while Sachin Tendulkar gave away his pullover for the CAB museum Getty Images

Kolkata: Nov 17, 2011

Soon after India scripted their 75th victory on home soil with a series-clinching win over West Indies, Sachin Tendulkar donated his pullover, while skipper Mahendra Singh Dhoni gifted his bat among many other memorabilia that will be displayed in Cricket Association of Bengal’s upcoming museum.

Among many other things, Tendulkar has given his pullover, Dhoni his bat with which he scored the century, while Eden’s favourite duo of VVS Laxman and Rahul Dravid have given their jerseys, CAB joint secretary Biswarup Dey said.

“It’s a long list. But everybody has given something or other. I’m sure our museum will be a huge hit once it comes up (by next year),” Dey told PTI.

CAB also has plans to get the bat from master blaster in which he would score his impending 100th international century.

“We hope to get his bat in which he would score the century. But it will be later as he has many bats which at the moment are special to him. But we have spoken to him about this,” Dey said.

The museum work has already begun for CAB which had put out a collection of 22 photographs at the entrance of the stadium to tell the story of the stadium since 1926, when an MCC team had toured Kolkata.

The photographs will also be put up in the upcoming cricket museum at the historic Eden Gardens.

The collection of the photographs begin with the oldest one of autographs of the 1926 MCC team led by Arthur Gilligan.

There is also a joint photograph of Nari Contractor who led the team to their first victory in 1962.

There are also a few photos whose memories are still fresh in the mind like that of the 1987 World Cup final that Allan Border?s Australia won, the 1993 Hero Cup final in which Anil Kumble bowled the 6/12 spell.

And not to forget the 2001 Australia Test made memorable by VVS Laxman and Rahul Dravid?s knocks and Harbhajan Singh’s hattrick. (PTI)