About one lakh fans turned up at the Eden Gardens to celebrate Kolkata Knight Riders’s triumph in IPL 7.
Bollywood actor and franchise owner Shah Rukh Khan failed to reach the venue on time because of a technical snag in flight.
“Sorry Kolkata technical snag on flight. Will be a bit late but will be there. Apologies,” tweeted SRK
“Kolkata bound. Delay in flight but will make it … Insha Allah nothing can stop us now,” SRK tweeted when the issue was sorted.
While about 60,000 people managed to enter the stadium thousands jostled in the surrounding Maidan area to gain entry which was ‘free’ but only with ‘complimentary passes’ from police stations in the metropolis.
The stadium authorities opened the gates at 11:00 am to enable supporters to enter well ahead of the start of the programme scheduled at 1:00 pm, which was delayed.
People started queueing up at Eden Gardens from as early as 9:00 am as all roads led there.
Police had to wield lathis to disperse the crowd with the help of the Mounted Police.
The scenes with women and children jostling, resembled KKR’s victory celebration two years ago at the same venue.
Singer Usha Uthup sang popular Bollywood chartbusters to keep the spectators engaged till the arrival of KKR.
Taking a cue from PM Narendra Modi’s hugely successful ‘Ab Ki Baar…’ campaign, she sang a new theme song — ‘Ab ki baar KKR, Baar baar KKR, Baar baar chhukka maar’ — to the delight of spectators.
There were a host of Bengali film and TV industry celebrities in attendance as well.
Well, the cricketing extravaganza IPL may not have been that popular throughout this season, but its ending sure was!