Wednesday, August 4

Fifty shades of pink rule on first day as loyal supporters respond to Dada’s call

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Responding to the call of city’s favourite ‘Dada’, thousands of fans turned up at the Eden Gardens on Friday in pink, matching it up with the colour-coordinated stadium and the theme colour of the game.

“The moment we got hold of the tickets, I knew I will have to wear something pink. I had a pink salwar-suit but to match it up, I bought a pink dupatta and took out a pink cap from the shelves,” said Purabi Bose, a resident of Jadavpur. Her husband Prashanta didn’t have anything in pink but his problem was solved by a neighbour on Friday morning. “My neighbour gave me a new pink T-shirt and I came wearing it,” he said.

Fashion designers Yogesh and Deepti Mimani, too, were hopping around the Block C of the stadium dressed in pink and taking selfies against the backdrop of the ground, lit up in shades of pink. “This is the theme of the game and when the entire city has got decked up in the colour, how could we refrain from being a part of it? I am a big fan of Saurav Ganguly and when he had given a call to his fans to come to the stadium for this historic moment, I could not ignore it,” said Mimani, a Burrabazar resident and an Eden Gardens regular.

Matching up to the theme, even dignitaries like Sachin Tendulkar and Harbhajan Singh had come wearing a pink shirt and a pink blazer, respectively. At the stands, celebrities like actor and MP Nusrat Jahan too was dressed in pink as she watched the game from Block C hospitality box.

Some fans like Md Gazi even went the extra mile to ensure he gets to wear a crisp new pink shirt for the day. “I never had a pink shirt and when I tried to buy one, I found none at three shops I visited. Then, I bought a pink shirt piece and got a tailor to sew me one for the day,” said Gazi, a resident of Basirhat.

Some fans were even ready to pay extra price for a pink T-shirt. “I bought this pink T-shirt for Rs 700 from outside the stadium. I know it cannot cost so much but I couldn’t miss the lure of turning up at the stadium in pink, even if it meant paying extra,” said MBBS student Sourodeep Das.

There were also a host of other fans who had dressed up in pink and white T-shirts, ones that were gifted by one of the sponsors of the match.

“I ensured that all my family members get pink T-shirts and here we are,” said Kri-shna Pratap Singh, a resident of Howrah.

Source: Times of India

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