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CAB celebrate Jagmohan Dalmiya
Annual conclave in grand way

2nd November 2018
Cricket Association of Bengal celebrated Jagmohan Dalmiya Annual Conclave (II) in a grand manner today at Eden Gardens.
Cricket Association of Bengal president Sourav Ganguly, former Proteas skipper Graeme Smith, former India captain Md Azharuddin, West Indies batting legend Brian Lara, former West Indian skipper Carl Hooper and Indian batsman Rohit Sharma glorified the event with their presence.
All of them went down the memory lane during a panel discussion celebrating the silver jubilee of the 1993 CAB Diamond Jubilee Tournament: the Hero Cup with the 25 years of installation of floodlights at Eden while Smith gave the Annual lecture.
Mr. Dalmiya's family members were also in the attendance including CAB Jt. Secretary Avishek Dalmiya and daughter Vaishali Dalmiya.
Lara said, "It's (Eden Gardens) a wonderful stadium. I have never played a test here. Can you believe that? Which is a big shame and disappointment. I have had experiences. It's a wonderful opportunity to be back here.
Sourav also shared his memories during the Hero Cup saying: "In 1993 I was a young boy. I was on one of the seats here watching the final where Anil Kumble got those wickets. And correct me if am wrong Sachin got Brian."
When asked about his standout memory from the final he said: "I was a young boy trying to get a place in the side. I used to wake up to watch Lara bat. They chased in the final so it was immediately after lunch and I did not take lunch. I said I wanted sit back and watch Lara bat."
But the much talked about incident was Azharuddin tossing the ball to young Sachin Tendulkar to defend 6 runs in the final over of the semifinal match where India were hardly favourites against the mighty Proteas.
The rest is history as India won the match by 2 runs.
Rohit who will be captaining India against West Indies in the T20 series said the only thing he remembers is Sachin's celebration after the memorable final over.
"I was six years old. The only thing I remember is Sachin's celebration after he bowled the final over. We used to watch it on highlights."
"I had no idea what cricket was then... So that's the only memory I have," he added.
When the captain of the Indian team in the tournament Azharuddin asked about what were his thoughts getting into the tournament he said: "I was very positive about the tournament. We were playing for the irst time in coloured clothing in India."
"Going into the tournament was not not very easy for us. We hadn't done well in the One day tournament. We started the year on a good note winning three tests vs england starting from Eden Gardens. I think that innings saved my career. If I hadn't done well it I would not be sittting here."
He added: "Whenever playing in Eden Gardens it's a positive moment for me. I feel something different. Right from when I played first time for my school in 1978 here I think from then on quite a few times Eden has saved my career."
When asked about his memories with Eden Rohit later added: "It's one of the grounds that has definitely given me a lot of joys."
He also shared an incident with Bengal skipper Manoj Tiwary: "I made my first class debut here and I remember Manoj Tiwary told me- You would have loved debuting in Mumbai but trust me this ground is something special... I still remember that and I have won two IPL titles here."
He also praised Mahendra Singh Dhoni and Sourav for backing young players when they were captains.
The event was later followed by felicitation of CAB officials.

Arindam Basu