Sachin Tendulkar rings the bell at the Cricket Club of India's Brabourne Stadium on October 29 (Saturday). Photo: BCCI
Sachin Tendulkar rings the bell at the Cricket Club of India’s Brabourne Stadium on October 29 (Saturday). Photo: BCCI

India icon Sachin Tendulkar signalled the start to the fourth ODI between India and West Indies at the Cricket Club of India’s Brabourne Stadium by ringing the bell with a rapturous roar from the fans following it. The tradition which was first started at the Lord’s Cricket Ground, was picked up by Cricket Association of Bengal’s Eden Gardens in Kolkata.

International cricket returns to the Brabourne Stadium after nine years. A total of 18 Tests, eight ODIs and a single Twenty20 International have been played at the venue where Tendulkar had fielded for Pakistan during an exhibition match to mark the golden jubilee celebration of the CCI on January 20, 1987.

India last played an ODI in 1995 when they defeat New Zealand. However, West Indies have played much more matches than the home side. The last ODI hosted at the Brabourne Stadium was the 2006 Champions Trophy final between Australia and West Indies. The venue also played host to India’s first T20I against Australia in 2007.

The BCCI decided to shift the fourth ODI to the Brabourne Stadium, adjacent to the Wankhede Stadium, the much more familiar venue after the Mumbai Cricket Association’s (MCA) inability to issue tenders to the venue for the one-dayer.